Clinical Psychologist, Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor, Consultant and Expert Witness

Dr. David Ley

Dr. David J. Ley is a world-renowned clinical psychologist, known for bringing scientifically-accurate and clinically sound information to discussions about modern sexuality.

He serves on the board of the Sexual Health Alliance as an expert advisor and is an internationally-recognized expert on issues related to sexuality, pornography and mental health.

He has appeared on television with Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Dr. Phil and others. He has been interviewed in publications ranging from the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times and the London Telegraph, to Playboy and Hustler magazines. Dr. Ley has published extensively in both the academic and “pop” realms of literature. His latest book, Ethical Porn for Dicks, A Man's Guide to Responsible Viewing Pleasure has endorsements from Dan Savage and and is a humorous and provocative handbook for men who want to think more comprehensively about porn.

In 2018, he spoke with Esther Perel, at her Sessions Live conference exploring The Masculinity Paradox. His talk, seen here, offers a concise overview of his view on masculinity and sexual integrity.

The Myth of Sex Addiction (2012) and Insatiable Wives (2009) were revolutionary explorations of sexual issues which blended a powerful client-centered narrative with a rich understanding of psychology, biology and sociology.

At the same time, he is Executive Director of a large behavioral health and substance abuse outpatient program, and consults across the country on both mental health and sexuality-related issues. As a result, Dr. Ley is able to bring a broad, practical approach to help mental health clinicians

“David Ley’s reasonable, calm, informed writing should be read by anyone interested in porn-and it should be required reading for anyone tempted to legislate about it.”

— Dan Savage

Dr. David Ley / Esther Perel


Dr. Ley is a sought-after speaker, who has lectured around the world. With a unique blend of deep wisdom, profound insights and uproarious humor, David Ley connects with audiences.

Dr. David Ley

Dr. Ley’s Practice

David Ley is based in Albuquerque, NM, but travels extensively and often provides web-based consultations.