About Us

CARAS is dedicated to the support and promotion of excellence in the study of alternative sexualities, and the dissemination of research results to the alternative sexuality communities, the public, and the research community.

What is CARAS?

Founded in 2005, the Community-Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS) is a national-level, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports research addressing understudied sexual communities, with a current focus on BDSM/leather/kink/fetish sexualities and consensual non-monogamous relationships such as polyamory. Employing a community-based research model, CARAS has assembled a network of academics, clinicians and respected members of these communities who will work directly with researchers to promote scientific and other forms of scholarly research.

Please peruse our site to discover the various informational and research support services offered by CARAS

To ask questions about the Research Support programs and efforts, please email rsp@carasresearch.org 

To ask questions about other programs or efforts, please contact Dr. Richard Sprott, Executive Director

Mailing address:


PO Box 812

Rio Vista, CA  94571