Education & Certification

Licensed In
New York

Graduated From
Teachers College, Columbia University (1977)

National Register Member Since

Michael A. Perelman, PhD

Dr. Perelman’s clients, experience common sense advice filtered through the wisdom of over 40 years of clinical practice. Internationally renowned, Dr. Michael A. Perelman is Director, of the Human Sexuality Program, NY Presbyterian Hospital. He is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Reproductive Medicine, and Urology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. A National Institute of Health Fellow, he received his MS, M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from Columbia University–writing the first sex therapy doctoral dissertation in Columbia’s history in 1976. He serves on many professional society, editorial and industry Advisory Boards.

He is the Past-President of the Society for Sex Therapy; Editor in Chief, Current Sexual Health Reports. Dr. Perelman has presented his Sexual Tipping Point model at professional meetings around the world and has published widely in the professional literature. He is frequently quoted and often featured by the media.

AASECT certifies him as a sex therapy diplomate and supervisor; recently honoring him with the 2012 Award for Professional Standard of Excellence. His practice is to integrate the use of sexual pharmaceuticals and sex counseling to optimize outcome and provide better risk/benefit for men and women suffering from sexual problems.


University of Wisconsin, 1967-1971          BA in Psychology, Honors

Teachers College, Columbia University, 1977     PhD


  • 2012 Professional Standard of Excellence Award, from the American Association for Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists
  • 2011- Present    Fellow, Elected to the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • 2007- Present    Fellow, Elected to Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA)
  • 2003 – 2006, Appointed to Sexual Function Advisory Council of the American Urological Association Foundation (formerly the American Foundation for Urologic Disease until 2005)
  • 1989, National Academy Arts & Science, Judge – Community Service Award
  • 1971 – 1975, Public Health Service Fellowship, National Institute of Mental Health
  • 1971, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, University of Wisconsin
  • 1970, Appointed by Chancellor to the Human Rights Commission of the University of Wisconsin
  • 1967, Illinois State Scholarship

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Practice Characteristics

Areas of Expertise

  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Couples Therapy (e.g., relationship communication difficulty, premarital consultation, divorce mediation)
  • Medical Diagnosis Adjustment (e.g., diabetes, cancer, hypertension, weight issues, other chronic illness)
  • Career and Life Adjustments (occupational/career counseling and assessment, academic problems, financial issues, relocation stress, stress associated with other life changes)
  • Anxiety (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder)

Ages Served

  • Adults (18-64 yrs.)
  • Older adults (65 yrs. or older)

Treatment Modalities

  • Existential/Humanistic/Interpersonal


  • Human Sexuality Program, Payne Whitney Clinic, 1977, Fellow, New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center,  New York, NY
  • AASECT Certified: Sex Therapy Supervisor, Sex Educator, Sex Counselor, Sex Therapy Diplomate
  • American Board of Sexology, Diplomate
  • National Provider Identifier (NPI) #1245391812 National Register of Health Service Provider in Psychology, Certificate #20110
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH) certification #88667, Protecting Human Research Participants
  • Weill Medical College, Cornell University, IRB Ed Approval Number P03-07-051
  • Clinical Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry, Reproductive Medicine, and Urology, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY.
  • Attending Psychologist, Payne Whitney Clinic, NY Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY.
  • Co-Director, Human Sexuality Program, Payne Whitney Clinic, Department of Psychiatry, NY Presbyterian Hospital, NY Weill Cornell Medical Center New York, NY.
  • Clinical Psychologist, Independent Practice, MAP Associates, New York, NY
  • Professional Societies:
  • American Academy of Clinical Sexologists (Founding Fellow)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists
  • •   1980-1983, Chairperson, Sex Therapy Certification Committee

    •   1981-1982, Long-Range Planning Committee

    •   1983-1984, Chairperson, Task Force on Certification

    •   1983-1987, National Program Committee (83, 84, 87)

    •   1984-1987, District Chairperson, New York/New England

    •   1997-1998, Awards Committee

    •   1998-2000, Chairperson, Awards Committee

    American Group Psychotherapy Association

    American Psychological Association

    •             Division of Clinical Psychology  – Division 12 – Multiple sections

    •             Division of Consulting Psychology – Division 13

    •             Division of Adult Development & Aging- Division 20

    •             Division of Psychotherapy – Division 29

    •             Division of Health Psychology – Division 38

    •             Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice – Division 42

    •             Division of Media Psychologists – Division 46

    •             Division of Psychotherapy – Group Psychotherapy – Division 49

    •             Society for the Psychological Study of Men and Masculinity – Division 51

    American Society of Andrology

    American Society for Reproductive Medicine

    American Urological Association (Affiliate)

    American Urological Association / New York Section

    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT; formerly AABT)

    Association of Medical School Professors of Psychology

    International Academy of Eclectic Psychotherapists, Fellow International Academy of Sex Research

    International Society for Men’s Health (ISMH)

    •             Program Committee 2009

    •             Program Committee 2010

    International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), (formerly the ISSIR)

    •             Standards Committee (2007-2013)

    •             Communications Committee (2007- Present)

    •             Standards Ad Hoc PE Definition Subcommittee (2007- 2010)

    International Society for Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) (formerly the FSFF)

    •             Chair, Membership Committee (2002)

    •             Chair, Membership Committee (2003)

    •             Fellow, Elected, 2011- Present

    Manhattan Psychological Association

    New York Society of Clinical Psychologists

    New York State Psychological Association

    •   Division of Independent Psychologists

    New York State Regional Psychological Association

    North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics & Gynecology

    Sexual Medicine Society of North America (formerly the Society for the Study of Impotence)

    •   Fellow (Elected, 2007)

    •   Program Committee (2005)

    •   Program Committee (1999)

    Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration

    Society for Male Reproduction & Urology

    Society for the Scientific Study of Sex

    Society for Sex Therapy and Research (formerly EAST)

    •             Past-President (2011-2013)

    •             President (2009-2011)

    •             President-Elect (2007-2009)

    •             Inter-Organization Liaison Officer (2007)

    •             Executive Council Member at Large (1986-1989)

    •             Program Committee (1982, 1983, 1984)

    World Association for Sexual Health (WAS)

    •             International Scientific Committee, (2010-2011), (2008-2009), (2006-2007), (2004-2005), (1982-1983), (1978-1979), (1976-1977)


Fee Information/Office Policy

Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm
Cancellations require 48 hours notice or a 1/2 fee is charged.

Health Care Plan Participation

Upon request

Contact Information

Primary Contact

NY Weill Presbyterian Cornell Med Cntr
70 East 77th Street, Ste. 1C
New York, NY 10075
P: 212-570-5000 (Office)
F: 212-570-2288