Biography, in full:
Damian Jacob M. Sendler is an award-winning Polish-American clinician sexologist, the scholar of forensic and legal medicine, the scientist trained in digital epidemiology, and the media health expert personality. At Felnett Health Research Foundation, he serves as chief of the division of clinical research and is director of the European program on studying sexual minorities and health policy. Dr. Sendler’s work is truly international, featuring collaborations across the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, U.K., Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Sweden, Spain, and Italy.
Dr. Sendler is the founding principal investigator of the laboratory of forensic sexology, legal medicine, and digital ethnography, which is the research unit responsible for making scientific discoveries in psychology, psychiatry, public health, and the leadership psychology. Dr. Sendler relies on research grants from the European Union and donations from philanthropy institutions, interested in expanding research on mental health.
In addition to research and clinical work, Dr. Sendler serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Leadership Psychology Magazine, published by Taublum Media and Thrive Global. This signature interview series conducts interviews with celebrity personalities from the worlds of business, science, education, medicine, art, and politics. Among some of the most notable past guests were Dr. Sian Beilock (the President of Barnard College of Columbia University), Kedge Martin (former president of Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, charity), Adam Cole (musician and writer), Paige Arnof-Fenn (President of Mavens & Moguls), and Romy Taormina (CEO and Founder of Psi Health Solutions, Inc.), Captain Laura Einsetler (female pilot at major U.S. airline, author, and aviation geek), Gregory J. Wallance (America’s leading lawyer, former federal prosecutor, writer, author, and human rights activist), and Dr. Jonathan Greenburg (CEO of Founder of Zyppah, the maker of award-winning medical devices for preventing sleep apnea).
Dr. Sendler’s clinical expertise and research are regularly featured in world's most reputable public media, including television, lifestyle magazines, print newspapers, and radio. So far his work has been featured in two paperback books, three short documentaries, few dozen TV and radio interviews, and countless commentaries in newspapers and lifestyles magazines. Dr. Sendler is particularly known for investing time in educating the public about safe sexual practices; his signature sex education interview series, which appear in leading digital and print platforms, have been read by millions of people. His features have been translated into at least 30 foreign languages, exposing the readers worldwide to the wealth of Dr. Sendler’s knowledge.
In basic clinical research, Dr. Sendler's most important scientific goal is the development and implementation of the Internet-based platforms to treat psychiatrically disabled patients. In legal medicine, he's working on a model explaining the role - and modes - of verbal/written/implied consent in cases of suspected sexual abuse and rape, using bio-socio legal perspective. In general sexology, his principal work includes characterization of paraphilias, LGBT health, and general psychosexual and urogenital medicine.
Dr. Sendler specializes in the treatment of patients with psychological and psychiatric conditions, ranging from post-traumatic stress among military veterans, and extending all the way to complex forensic cases involving paraphilias. Aside from clinical work, he designs and executes clinical research to drive discoveries in mental health and digital epidemiology. Recently, he's made significant progress in developing suicide prevention programs offered online, as well as studies investigating the health of the LGBT utilizing cross-cultural comparative interviews.
Dr. Sendler spearheads one of the most globally vibrant programs in cyber health, aiming to catalog, analyze, and describe how people create, share, and utilize health information sharing networks on the Internet. The underlying hypothesis is that in an increasingly digitalized reality, the Internet is a fertile ground for investigating how health information shared online affect participation in, and delivery of, medical treatments.
Dr. Sendler completed training through rigorous M.D.-Sc.D./Ph.D. program, and received undergraduate and graduate education at NYU, Columbia, and Harvard. He has expertise in medicine, forensic sexology, forensic law, psychology, cancer genetics, as well as psychiatric epidemiology and public health. A frequent guest at international psychiatric and sexological meetings, he presents work on paraphilias, general psychiatry, and adaptability of e-therapy in providing Internet-based psychological interventions.
Professionally, Dr. Sendler is a junior member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, the International Academy of Sex Research, and the American Psychiatric Association; and serves on expert review panels for several notable publications, including the Psychiatric Annals, the Bulletin of World Health Organization, the Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, and the Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine.
During undergraduate tenure at NYU, he interdisciplinarily studied the relationship between the scientific revolution and theological thought. At the same time at Columbia, Dr. Sendler completed rigorous thesis research at the Institute of Cancer Genetics where he studied mammary gland remodeling in the context of microRNA-mediated tissue transformations in animal models of breast cancer. Subsequently, he moved to Boston to scientifically study epigenetic drug development and psychiatric epidemiology, both at Departments of Genetics and Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School.
While at Harvard, Dr. Sendler worked toward completing a graduate degree, and built a portfolio of research experience in biology, leading to full-time positions as an associate biologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute & the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
Dr. Sendler is a recipient of several notable distinctions, including the United States President Barack Obama's Gold Service Award for humanitarian work, and United Nations in Asia Letter of Distinction for providing care to victims of sexual abuse. He held fellowships in public service from the Edward I. Koch Foundation in New York and honors medical research at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Sendler's college education was generously supported by the Roberts Family Foundation and Peter Vallone merit scholarships. His research in medical genetics earned him Dean's Award for Summer Research at NYU.