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About Dr. Sprankle


Dr. Eric Sprankle is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Co-Director of the Sexuality Studies program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and an AASECT-certified sex therapist affiliated with the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute. He is also the Director of the Secular Therapy Project, a subsidiary of Recovering from Religion.


Dr. Sprankle received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Xavier University in 2009, completed a postdoctoral fellowship in sexual health at the University of Minnesota Medical School in 2011, and was awarded tenure in the Department of Psychology at Minnesota State University in 2017.


He currently leads the Sexual Health Research Team at Minnesota State examining sexuality, stigma, and secularism, and has published articles on the effects of sexually explicit material, older adult sexuality, and sex worker affirmative therapy.

When not engaged in scholarly pursuits, Dr. Sprankle religiously reads Edgar Allan Poe, watches horror movies, listens to Marilyn Manson, and tries to telepathically communicate with his three tabby cats, Lucy, Mina, and Miss Ives.

Uncrucifying Sex


Uncrucifying Sex is a new writing project focusing on liberating sexuality from Christianity by exploring and establishing secular sexual values.​ Excerpts will be posted here beginning in 2021.



Current Research

Satanists' strength of identity, identity concealment, and experiences of stigma in relation to mental health and help seeking. Satanists' values and incongruence/congruence with sexuality. Lecture videos of Dr. Sprankle discussing the preliminary findings of this research can be viewed at TST-TV.

Enjoy a list of references and abstracts of psychology articles from 1987-2019 focused on Satanism:

Latest Publications

Sprankle, E., & Bloomquist, K. (2019). Sex workers’ personal and professional lives. Sexual & Relationship Therapy, 34(3), 275-276.


Bloomquist, K., & Sprankle, E. (2019). Sex worker affirmative therapy: Conceptualization and case study. Sexual & Relationship Therapy, 34(3), 392-408. (.pdf of full text)

Gleason, N., Vencill, J., & Sprankle, E. (2019). Swipe left on the bi guys: Examining attitudes toward dating and being sexual with bisexual individuals. Journal of Bisexuality, 18(4), 516-534.

Gleason, N., & Sprankle, E. (2019). The effects of pornography on sexual minority men’s body image: An experimental study. Psychology and Sexuality, 10(4), 301-315.

Latest Presentations

Sprankle, E., Swift, J., Twohy, A., & Shelgren, M. (2019, October). A needs assessment of workers in Minneapolis strip clubs. Paper presented at the annual conference of Sociologists of Minnesota, Mankato, Minnesota. (Learn more about the outcome of this research here).

Sprankle, E., Bloomquist, K., & Khaydarov, F. (2019, June). Sex work and sex trafficking: Misinformation and false dichotomies. Paper presented at the annual conference of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, Philadelphia, PA.


Gleason, N., Vencill, J., & Sprankle, E. (2019, November). Do gay men find straight men more attractive? Preliminary analyses and discussion. Poster presented at the annual conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Montreal, Quebec.

Prospective Students

The Sexual Health Research Team at Minnesota State University, Mankato has a history of exploring various topics within human sexuality, including sex work stigma, the effects of sexually explicit media, older adult sexuality, secular sexuality, and LGBT health. 

Dr. Sprankle accepts graduate students onto his team who have been accepted into the clinical psychology master's program at Minnesota State. The master's program is designed to increase research skills and experiences to prepare students to apply to doctoral programs in clinical psychology or related fields. More information about the program's requirements and application process can be found here.

Lectures, Trainings, and Webinars



Through the Minnesota Sexual Health Institute, Dr. Sprankle is a CE provider for the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT). Clicking on the titles below will direct you to the webinar's description, learning objectives, and purchasing options.

A Therapist's Guide to Viagra and Other PDE5 Inhibitors


Sex Work and Sex Trafficking: Misinformation and False Dichotomies

Sex Worker Affirmative Therapy: The Role of Minority Stress in Sex Worker Health

These programs meet the requirements of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and are approved for 1 CE credit each. These CE credits may be applied toward AASECT certification and renewal of certification. 

Lectures and Trainings

Dr. Sprankle has offered lectures and didactic trainings on sexual health topics since 2006. He has spoken on college campuses, at professional organizations' conferences, and for community organizations to a wide variety of audiences including therapists, medical residents and physicians, students and mental health interns, and the general public. Some of the topics include:

  • Conducting a sexual health assessment

  • Diagnosing sexual dysfunctions

  • Older adult sexuality

  • Sex work versus sex trafficking

  • BDSM and unconventional sexual behavior

  • Understanding the realities of "sex and porn addiction"

  • Secular sexuality and overcoming religious sexual shame

To inquire about any of Dr. Sprankle's sexuality trainings and lectures, please send a message on the Contact form.



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Note: Dr. Sprankle is currently not seeing any patients/clients for therapy, and does not use this site to answer personal health questions or provide specific resources/referrals. If you are in need of mental health and/or sex therapy services, please see the AASECT, Psychology Today, or Secular Therapy Project directories of therapists in your area.

© 2016-2020. All articles posted in Uncrucifying Sex and Scarlet Letters are the property of Eric Sprankle, PsyD, and may only be republished with written permission from the author.