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Welcome to the sextech lab


THE HOME FOR Critical engageMENT with new and emerging intimate practices


Located at The New School, NYC, we are an interdisciplinary psychology lab that works at the intersection of gender, race, sexuality, culture, technology, AI, ethics, social justice, and intimacy.



The STL is founded by Dr Pani Farvid who is an Associate Professor of Applied Psychology, within the Schools of Public Engagement, at The New School in New York City.

Dr. Farvid has a wide-ranging media profile addressing social and psychological issues (see for example, her TEDx talk on saying goodbye to binary gender), as well as being a frequent consultant to policy makers and private companies.

Dr. Farvid is widely published, inside and outside academia, with a sole-authored book coming out on The Psychology of Heterosexuality as well as an edited collection on Sexual Racism.

The SexTech Lab at The New School, which examines evolving social issues at the intersection of sexuality, gender, race/ethnicity, culture, technology, and intimacy.

What We Do

Our work addresses various intersections of contemporary interpersonal, social, and structural inequities, with a view to mobilizing empirically driven social and political change.

We work with interdisciplinary research teams, community organizations, and policy makers across the globe, drawing on mixed-methods, discursive methods, participatory approaches, as well as new and emerging methodologies.

Utilizing qualitative, quantitative, mixed, and participatory methods, our work sits across four areas:

Social Justice: Working to elevate the status of marginalized/ minoritized populations (e.g., LGBTQIA+, migrants, BIPOC, incarcerated, sex workers).

The Psychology of Gender and Sexuality: Particularly within the domain of new and emerging intimate practices (e.g., non-monogamy, online sex work).


Technology and Ethics: evolving issues regarding technology, psychology, and mediated society.

Decolonial Psychology: Active decolonization efforts across the individual, interpersonal, disciplinary, and societal levels.

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