main goal of SHRC is to improve the sexual lives of
women struggling with sexual difficulties. In line with the goals of
translational science our research embraces a number of topics, from
science to clinical outcome studies. Women from our community
contribute to our
laboratory by participating in our studies, making financial
referring their friends to us. You can either make a
tax-deductible contribution, become a staff member in our laboratory,
or participate in our studies.
Alessandra Rellini, Ph.D.
Sexual Health Research Clinic.
and Future Research
- Sexual Responses in Women with a History of Childhood Sexual Abuse.
In this study we investigated the relationship between childhood sexual
abuse, sexual self-schemas, and family support on female sexual
- Love and Sexual Arousal.
Women in different stages of love come to our clinic to talk about
their sexuality and complete psycophysiological assessment to measure
sexual responses to sexual stimuli.
- Sexual Fantasies.
The sexual fantasies of over 500 women are analyzed to assess the role
of fantasy on sexual functioning. We are also in the process of
developing a standardized codebook that will provide a reliable measure
of content in women's sexual fantasies.
- Interoceptive Awareness.
Women vary in their awareness of bodily sensations (interoceptive
awareness). A greater understanding of individual differences in
interoceptive awareness may help us to gain a greater understanding of
the relationship between physiological and subjective sexual
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