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Pasig City
Board Certified Diplomate
Certified Sexologist
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Ateneo de Manila University
Master of Arts
Counseling Psychology
Ateneo de Manila University
Bachelor of Engineering
Biology (Minor in Chemistry)
University of the Philippines Diliman
Intensive Sex Therapy Training
University of Guelph OpenEd
Sex Therapy
American College of Sexology
Sex, Sexuality and Gender
Harvard Medical School
Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA)
Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality
Registered Psychologist
Filipinos Behind Closed Doors: Nonsexual and Sexual Constructs as Predictors of Relationship and Sexual Satisfaction in Filipino Individuals
The Role of Sex Guilt as a Mediating Variable in the Association of Relationship and Sexual Satisfaction: An Intersectional Approach
To Give or To Receive? Oral Sexual Activities as Predictor of Sexual Satisfaction in Filipino Men and Women
The Wife, The Mother, and The Slut - Sexual Pleasure for the Filipino Woman: A Grounded Theory Approach
Dr. Rica Cruz is the first and only Filipino given the title of Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Sexology, by the American Board of Sexology.

She is a sex and relationships therapist, educator, and broadcaster. She holds a PhD in Psychology, as well as certifications in sex and relationships therapy from the University of Guelph, Cambridge Alliance-Harvard Medical School and the Society for Scientific Study of Sexuality. She is widely recognized and awarded for her research and publications on Filipino sexual satisfaction, experiences of sex guilt, and Filipino women’s sexual pleasure.

Dr. Rica is a constant voice in Filipino sexuality and pleasure — providing quality sex education to the Filipino youth, working with brands for HIV & Sexual Health Awareness, collaborating with UN Women and other NGOs to address gender-based violence in the country, as well as hosting various TV shows “Private Convos with Doc Rica” on One News, “Feelings” with OnePH), podcasts “Conservative Ako,” and “The Sexy Minds”, and social media programs “Love and Sex” with Metro.Style and “The Bare Naked Facts Show” with Trust Reproductive Health Choices that aim to normalize conversations around sex in the country.

Her goal is to provide the guidance that Filipinos need on their journey towards understanding and embracing their sexual selves, so that every Filipino can fully experience and enjoy sex — on their own terms.

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