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MEET THE TEAM

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Kat Pheysey

Founder & CEO 

PhD LMSW, MEd (she/her/hers)

Kat Pheysey is a sexuality consultant, counselor and educator providing sexuality services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and those who support them. 

Having worked in the field of IDD for more than twenty years Kat has seen the need for better sexuality services. This is where her passion for sexuality and people with IDD came together. For the past ten years Kat has worked to educate and train professionals, families and individuals with IDD in a variety of areas of sexuality.

Originally from the United Kingdom, Kat received her Bachelors degree in Psychology with Neuropsychology from the University of North Wales, Bangor before moving to New York. Here in the United States, Kat continued her education, obtaining her Masters in Social Work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, obtaining her LMSW in 2014.

Kat then moved her educational focus to sexuality and obtained her MEd in Human Sexuality from Widener University in 2018. Kat earned her PhD in Human Sexuality from Widener University in 2021. The focus of her research was "Factors that Affect the Intended Behaviors of Paid Staff Towards the Sexuality of People with IDD".

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Kathryn Mannle
Sexuality & Disability Specialist
(she/her/hers)

Kathryn is a counselor and educator within the field of IDD. She is an MSW candidate at CUNY Hunter’s Silberman School of Social Work, graduating with a concentration in Clinical Practice with Individuals, Families, and Groups in Spring 2024.

 

Kathryn is originally from Long Beach, NY and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from Boston College, majoring in Applied Psychology and Child Development with a minor in Special Education.

 

Individualized support and advocacy for people with IDD has been a focus of Kathryn’s work for the past ten years in various roles and settings. She has provided school-based counseling and sexual education, worked for public IDD agencies in NYC, and provided community and home-based care for individuals and families. Her passion for providing better access to sexuality services has grown out of the experiences she’s had working within the disability community.

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