Sexual Behaviors

The MUSC Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Sexual Behaviors Clinic and Lab (SBCL) is specifically designed and operated to evaluate and treat human sexual behavior disorders and other problematic activities, to include paraphilic disorders, for clinical, forensic, and research purposes. The SBCL includes the use of clinical and forensic interviewing techniques with the capacity for digital audio and video recording, psychometric assessment (the use of psychological testing and data collection methods), physiological assessment (to include penile plethysmography), visual reaction time assessment, polygraph examination, and biochemical laboratory studies through affiliated laboratory support.

The SBCL includes a penile plethysmography (PPG) examination lab, certified as a "Clinical and Research Laboratory" by Limestone Technologies. The Research certification is the highest level possible. It is one of only two such certified labs in South Carolina and one of the few on the East coast.

The SBCL is also one of the few labs in North America with the technical capacity to conduct photo-vaginal plethysmography, which will be operational for clinical, forensic, and research purposes in the near future. The SBCL also provides treatment services including group and individual therapy and a medication management clinic.

The SBCL has provided services to criminal, civil, and family court systems; other state agencies including the South Carolina Attorney General, Department of Mental Health, Department of Juvenile Justice, and Department of Social Services; and individual and institutional treatment providers. The SBCL conducts both treatment and forensic evaluations to include evaluations for South Carolina Sexually Violent Predator Act civil commitment and release proceedings.

The SBCL routinely conducts research exploring human sexual behavior with grant funding sources including the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Thorn Foundation, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Institute for Education and Research (AIER), and the University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research. Collaborators have included researchers from other Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department and entities, University of South Carolina, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, University of Edinburgh, and the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group.