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Gene G. Abel, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Abel is a distinguished board-certified psychiatrist with a national and international reputation for diagnosing and treating sexual problems. He is considered by many of his colleagues to be the leading psychophysiology researcher in studies of sexual behavior problems in the United States.

Known for his innovative research, Dr. Abel is the inventor of the Abel Assessment for sexual interestâ„¢, a diagnostic test that discriminates between people who have a high sexual interest in children and adolescents, and those who do not. Designed for large-scale screening, the test is both portable and noninvasive.

He has directed six National Institute of Mental Health research projects that have uncovered new information about the evaluation of sexual problems. Through these federal research projects he has developed effective treatment methods. Dr. Abel has published over 130 medical articles in scientific journals.

In addition, Dr. Abel is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, who was for many years a professor at Columbia University School of Medicine, and currently teaches at both Morehouse School of Medicine and at Emory University School of Medicine. He is a past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, a Fellow of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Abel was honored with the 1990 Society for Sex Therapy and Research Masters and Johnson Award and the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuser's 1991 Significant Achievement Award.

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Sarah Gregg, R.N., C.A.R.N.

Sarah Gregg, RN, CARN is a registered nurse and certified in the treatment of addictions. She has 17 years experience working with medical and psychiatric patients.

Ms. Gregg has worked extensively with patients who have multiple medical problems or long-term chronic illnesses compounded by behavioral problems and a high degree of resistance to following doctor's orders. She has eleven years experience working with Dr. Abel and specializing in the treatment of sexual behavior problems.

She is very knowledgeable about the use of medications, the treatment of alcohol, drug and sexual addictions, and behavioral management.

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Steven Walfish, Ph.D.

Steven Walfish, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and is a member of the BMI evaluation team. He has been in independent practice in Atlanta since 2002. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of South Florida in 1981. He has previously been in independent practice in Tampa, Florida and Edmonds and Everett, Washington. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine where he supervises Postdoctoral Fellows.

He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 42) and the Georgia Psychological Association. He is Past-President of the American Psychological Association Division of Psychologists in Independent Practice. He has written or edited six books and published more than 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Over the course of his career he has completed more than 8000 psychological evaluations.

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