Elisabeth "Eli" Sheff PhD, CASA, CSE

Expert Witness & Guardian Ad Litem -- Relationship & Academic Coach

I am an expert witness and Guardian Ad Litem serving families of sex and gender minorities, able to provide testimony and court briefs based on empirical evidence from my own and others' academic research, as well as assessments with adults and children, and in-home assessments. Drawing on more than 20 years of researching and observing polyamorous and kink relationships, I also provide one-time relationship consultations for people wondering how consensual non-monogamy or BDSM might work for them, as well as ongoing coaching for people wanting to improve communication skills, clarify and negotiate boundaries, and self-care techniques to manage anxiety or jealousy. My services are available in person, on the telephone, or via Skype.

Sheff Short Bio

Dr. Elisabeth “Eli” Sheff is the foremost academic expert on polyamory in the US, and the worldwide expert on polyamorous families with children. Sheff’s first book, The Polyamorists Next Door (2014), details her 15-year study of poly families with kids and was just reprinted in paperback, and her second book Stories from the Polycule (2015) is an edited anthology of writings by poly folks. When Someone You Love is Polyamorous (2016) is Sheff’s shortest book that guides family members and significant others who are trying to understand a polyamorous loved one. Dr. Sheff specializes in gender and sexual minority families, kink/BDSM, and issues facing trans* people. She is the CEO and Director of Legal Services at the Sheff Consulting Group, a think-tank of experts specializing in unconventional and underserved populations.


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