Bio

Dr. Bell is a sociologist and psychotherapist who specializes in women's development and sexuality, and the author of Hard to Get: 20-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom (University of California Press 2013).   She maintains a private practice in Berkeley, California.  Dr. Bell is an award winning lecturer and has taught courses on women's development, gender inequality, and sexuality at U.C. Berkeley, the Women's Therapy Center, and the Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley. She currently supervise graduate students at the Women's Therapy Center in Berkeley.

A dynamic and popular speaker, Dr. Bell has appeared on WNYC's the Brian Lehrer Show, WHYY's Voices in the Family, KALW's Your Call with Rose Aguilar, HuffPost Live, and KWMR as a featured guest.  Dr. Bell’s writing has been featured in The Atlantic and Psychology Today. She has also been featured in The Guardian, Salon, Jezebel, Bust, and San Francisco Magazine. She wrote a piece for the Atlantic online on ambitious 20-something women's ambivalence about relationships that was discussed widely.

Dr. Bell has served as a fellow for the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the American Psychoanalytic Association, and the Robert Stoller Foundation. Dr. Bell received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work, and a BA from Swarthmore College.

Follow Dr. Bell on Twitter @lesliecbell.

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