Director Bios 2018-01-11T01:46:03-05:00

Director Bio’s

Rachel Needle, Psy.D

Director, Modern Sex Therapy Institutes

Dr. Needle received her M.S. and Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She received her B.A. in psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University. Dr. Needle completed an internship in clinical psychology at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Dr. Needle is a Licensed Psychologist and Certified Sex Therapist in private practice at the Center for Marital and Sexual Health of South Florida ( She is also the founder and executive director of the Whole Health Psychological Center ( a comprehensive psychological practice with therapists with a broad range of specialty areas. She is the founder and CEO of the Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, which provides continuing education to Florida mental health professionals, as well as Psychologists and sex therapists across the world (www She has an ongoing blog and personal website (

Dr. Needle is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology in the Department of Behavioral Sciences, in the Masters in Forensic Psychology, and in the Doctorate in Criminal Justice programs at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Needle’s clinical and research interests include sexual function and dysfunction, relationship concerns, sexual compulsivity, battered women, and trauma. She has a particular interest in working with individuals both during and following cancer treatment. Dr. Needle has presented her research and clinical work at national and international conferences. She has been quoted in a number of popular magazines such as Details, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Cosmo Girl, and Shape, and has written several articles for Glamour Magazine’s online Blog: Smitten.

Lenore Walker, Ed.D.

Dr. Lenore Walker is a pioneer in studying the psychological impact of interpersonal violence and trauma. She began her early work when she was on the faculty at Rutgers Medical School at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey in the early 1970s at first studying child abuse and then, battered women. Her later research named the Battered Woman Syndrome and helped introduce it into the courts around the U.S. and the world. In the 1980s it was her work on BWS that helped battered women who killed their abusive partners in self defense get that testimony admitted in criminal trials. She had an independent practice of psychology for many years as well as has been the Director of the Domestic Violence Institute. Although she has now retired from her long academic career, she continues at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology as a Professor Emeritus. She also maintains a small forensic private practice specializing on cases where gender violence issues are raised.  Walker has published over 20 books on psychology covering women’s issues, gender violence, and forensic psychology. Her most recent is the Battered Woman Syndrome, 4th Edition in 2017 and in 2018 she will have two new books in press now, one on Sex Trafficking and a Clinician’s Guide to Forensic Practice. A master clinician and trainer, she has joined together with Dr. Rachel Needle to present the new trauma program for Innovative Professional CEs. To learn more about Dr. Walker and all her activities, please visit her website,

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