UBC Sexual Health Research focuses on clinical and behavioural research in women’s sexual health, including sexual difficulties, discrepancies, and distress. Our research aims to develop and test psychological interventions for the management of genital pain and low sexual desire causing significant personal distress.

We also examine different aspects of sexual orientation, including asexuality. Dr. Lori Brotto and colleagues have published landmark studies differentiating asexuality from sexual dysfunction. This and our current line of research are aimed at exploring the neural and biological correlates of asexuality as a unique sexual orientation.

Sexuality is an integral aspect of well-being and strongly influences relationship happiness. However, too often individual, relational, environmental, political, cultural, and medical factors get in the way of healthy sexuality. Our driving goal is to identify and mitigate these forces so as to cultivate each woman’s own human sexual potential.

To view our past and present studies, click the down-arrow on the studies tab to view by category.