Dr. Laura McGuire (they/them or she/her) is an internationally recognized consultant, survivor, researcher, seminarian, and author of the book Creating Cultures of Consent (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021). They have worked as an instructor, presenter, educator, consultant, and trainer on topics including:


  • Consent Education

  • Sexual Harassment Prevention

  • Pregnancy and Birth Education

  • LGBTQ Inclusion

  • Trauma-Informed Practices

  • Cultural Competency/Humility

  • Sexual Trauma Recovery

  • Restorative Justice in Title IX

  • Sexuality and Faith


Dr. McGuire earned their bachelor's degree in social sciences from Thomas Edison State University and their graduate degrees in educational leadership for change from Fielding Graduate University. Dr. McGuire's doctoral dissertation, entitled “Seen but Not Heard: Pathways to Improve Inclusion of LGBT Persons and Sexual Trauma Survivors in Sexual Health Education,” examined the marginalization of sexual minorities within health education on a global scale. They currently are earning their Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling at Earlham Seminary.

Dr. McGuire is a certified full-spectrum doula, professional teacher,  a certified sexual health educator, and a vinyasa yoga instructor. Their experience includes both public and private sectors, middle schools, high schools, and university settings. In 2015, they served as the first Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program Manager at the University of Houston, and in 2017, they became the first Victim Advocate/Prevention Educator at the US Merchant Marine Academy. Dr. McGuire is currently an adjunct professor at Widener University where they teach human sexuality courses.


They are a certified member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), and The Society of Professional Consultants. They are a graduate of The National Leaders Council and are currently a fellow with the Institute for Social Innovation where they are researching sexual medicine competency in provider care. Dr. McGuire lives in the United States, where they work as an adjunct professor at Widener University and consultant at The National Center for Equity and Agency.






Doctorate in Educational Leadership for Change 

Fielding Graduate University, December 2015


Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences

Thomas Edison University, Winter 2012


Certified Doula

Madriella Institute, Winter 2011


Childbirth Educator

CAPPA Training, Winter 2011


RYT 200 in Hatha Vinyasa

Yoga Den Jacksonville, 2007


Florida Department of Education Professional Teaching Certification

Health k-12 and Social Sciences 6-12 2015-2018


American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists

Certified Sexuality Educator 



Read Dr. McGuire's  Dissertation