Dr. Eli Sheff

A pioneer in research on polyamory, Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on poly families with children, having conducted the only longitudinal analysis of poly families with children to date. After teaching Sociology for 15 years at three universities, Dr. Sheff established the Sheff Consulting Group (SCG), a think-tank of academicians and professionals who specialize in legal and educational services for unconventional populations, and those who need to know about them. As the Senior Legal Consultant at SCG, Dr. Sheff specializes in families of sexual minorities, providing expert witness services, home evaluations for unconventional families facing child custody issues or attempting to adopt kids, and continuing education to lawyers, educators, counselors, and therapists. Her book The Polyamorists Next Door: Inside Multiple Partner Relationships and Families is being published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2013.

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October 14, 2022 

Are you still keen on trying out kinky sex based on the movies you’ve seen, like, 50 Shades of Grey and 365? Just remember that these movies aren’t actually showing the reality of kink. Some types of kinky sex can actually be extremely dangerous if not done correctly. Join, Dr Stephanie and Fox from Evolving Your Intimacy, as they talk with Kink Expert, Dr Eli Sheff, all about what happens when kinky sex goes wrong and the consequences of legal prosecutions regarding issues of consent, age, play style and even death due to kinky play. They get into the importance of education concerning different toys, contraptions, communication, and other things that people in the BDSM world put into practice in order to protect themselves so that they can enjoy their kinky lifestyle with safety.


May 21, 2021

Have you ever considered expanding your relationship to include another person – not just for raw sex but to include love, intimacy and true bonding? Maybe a polyamorous relationship is meant for you. Join us with Polyamory Expert, Dr Eli Sheff from The Bonding Project, as we discuss all the different types of relationship bonding as well as all the different combinations and permutations in various polyamorous and other non-monogamous relationships. Take the Bonding Test: https://www.bondingproject.com/


May 14, 2021

Did you know that there’s a spike in Open Relationships and Polyamorous Marriage? It may be due to the Covid quarantine, as couples are looking for alternative ways to “save their marriages” by adding a consensual person or people to their relationships. Join us as we participate in a Sexpert Panel Discussion moderated by Dr. Ava Cadell from LoveUniv.com, all about Open Relationships – Understanding Polyamory, Monogamish and Unicorns, together with 5 other Sexperts in this field: Dr Eli Sheff, Dr Carol Queen, Dr Nancy Sutton-Pierce, Tamara Bell and Erika Jordan. Follow the Sexpert Panel for FREE at https://www.loveuniv.com/sexpert-panel