Michael A. Carrera, Ed.D. (He/Him)
Dr. Michael A. Carrera began his teaching career in 1959 at a Junior High School in the Bronx. He taught at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn and was a Thomas Hunter Professor of Health Sciences at Hunter College of CUNY where he taught for 25 years. Since 1971, Dr. Carrera worked at The Children’s Aid Society with young people and family members advancing learning about human sexuality. He is the founder of the award winning evidenced based Carrera Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program which began in 1984 and has served thousands of young people in New York City and in 20 cities around the country. His approach, which centers on developing a multi-dimensional school- and community-based parallel family system program, is serving as a model to increasing numbers of family and youth service organizations. Currently, Dr. Carrera is an Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Carrera's first book Sex: The Facts, The Acts and Your Feelings has been translated into l7 languages. His two books Sexual Health for Men: Your A to Z Guide and Sexual Health For Women: Your A to Z Guide are widely used by health services and child care agencies. Another book, The Language of Sex, is a high school and college-age resource book. His latest book is Working with Teens when the Topic is Hope: Lessons for Lifeguards.
Dr. Carrera has served as President of the Board of Directors of The Sex Information and Education Council of the U.S. (SIECUS) from 1978-1982, and as President of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), 1978-1979.
Dr. Carrera has received many awards for his outstanding leadership in the field of sexuality education from several organizations, foundations, universities, and institutions. In 2014 Children’s Aid Society celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the CAS-Carrera program, and in 2011, CAS-Carrera won a Social Innovation Fund award from the White House. In 2010, the U.S. Health and Human Services’ Office of Adolescent Health awarded nine agencies from eight states funds to replicate the CAS-Carrera program in their communities.