Dr. Jocelyn Lehrer is an award-winning public health researcher and practitioner, educator, social entrepreneur, activist and filmmaker. She is founder and director of the Men’s Story Project—a storytelling initiative that brings critical dialogue on masculinities, health and social justice into public forums via the less-often-heard voices and stories of men, boys and male-identifying individuals.
Josie’s work has been featured on CNN and Forbes and focuses on gender-based violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS prevention and response, the promotion of healthy masculinities and gender equality.
She has served as Senior Gender Advisor at the U.S. Agency for International Development Office of HIV/AIDS, where she helped integrate attention to gender equality and GBV into global initiatives of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. A certified rape crisis counselor, she has led trainings for the U.S. Dept. of Justice Office of Violence against Women and worked with organizations including San Francisco Women Against Rape, Dream Corps, American Jewish World Service, International Center for Research on Women, and World Vision International.
Josie has led studies on mental health, sexual health, dating violence and health care confidentiality and been a mentor and faculty advisor at Singularity University–a leading Silicon Valley incubator of businesses that use cutting-edge technologies to address key global challenges.
Josie is Chilean-American and offers presentations in English or Spanish.
The Men’s Story Project “is positioned to fill an important role as society begins to seriously confront destructive expressions of masculinity as well as the challenges, struggles and joys of being a man today.” – VOICE MALE Magazine
“It is still relatively rare — and often startling — to hear men talk openly and honestly about experiences in our families, struggles (and joys) in relationships, violent victimization or perpetration, or anything else that leaves us feeling vulnerable — especially in front of other men. That is why the Men’s Story Project film is such an important contribution to the expanding work of engaging men at all levels of gender justice work: it speaks to our hearts as well as our minds, and beautifully brings together the personal and political aspects of these critical issues.” – Jackson Katz, gender justice educator, author and filmmaker
Books, Films & Projects
Josie discusses #MeToo and the need for bipartisan initiatives to address the epidemic of sexual assault and harassment in the US.
Josie appeared on Good Morning Washington, ABC7, to discuss Gillette’s Super Bowl ad, the #MeToo movement, and toxic masculinity. Watch the interview.
FoossaPod interviews Josie about how storytelling can help foster healthy masculinity in a time of #MeToo and Time’s Up, and how social learning can help us examine and challenge gender norms to promote health, peace, and justice. Listen to the podcast.
VOICE MALE magazine speaks with Josie about the MSP and what’s ahead as she works to create dialogue between and among men, and to develop a much needed forum on masculinities in communities across the globe. Read the interview.