William L. Yarber


President's Award for Teaching (1991)
Indiana University Bloomington
School of Health, Physical Education & Recreation
Department of Applied Health Sciences


William L. Yarber earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University in 1973. He worked as a public high school health science and biology teacher before joining the faculty at Purdue University and then the faculty at the University of Minnesota. He is now a faculty member at The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Yarber has authored or co-authored over 130 scientific reports on sexual risk behavior and AIDS/STD prevention in professional journals. His research has focused on male condom use errors and problems, resulting in over 20 scientific publications. At the request of the U.S. federal government, and after receiving over $4 million in federal and state grants to support his research, Yarber published the country's first secondary school AIDS prevention curriculum, AIDS: What Young People Should Know, published in 1987. His secondary school curriculum, STDs: A Guide for Today's Young Adults, published in 1985, is considered to have set the standard for a new health behavior approach to school STD prevention education. Yarber has also authored two other school STD/HIV prevention curricula. He is the co-author of the textbook Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, published in 2010, which is used in over 250 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Yarber has served as the past president of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and as the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). Yarber also served as the chairman of the National Guidelines Task Force, which developed the guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten – 12th Grade, published by the SIECUS.

Yarber's awards include the Professional Standard of Excellence Award from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists; the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality's Award of Distinguished Scientific Achievement; the Research Council Award from the American School Health Association; and the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Graduate Student Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award from Indiana University.