Transgender persons experience significant health disparities, but research on primary or preventive care is limited. Major obstacles to transgender specific health research, include the inability to identify transgender persons in health care settings, the stigmatized, and dispersed nature of this patient population, as well as the fragmented nature of the US health care system, with Midwestern and rural trans patients, trans health clinicians, and practices, inadequately represented.. A trans health focus practice based research network PBRN, can address these research gaps. A model of this PBRN will be presented, along with potential study of HPV vaccination among trans persons, utilizing a PBRN mechanism.
Abby Girard, PsyD presents: Examining the Effects of Sexual Desire Discrepancy on Couples Conflict, Effective Communication, and Perceived Intimacy
Sexual desire discrepancy is one of the most distressing concerns in couple sexual relationships due to the negative effect on romantic relationships, and overall satisfaction (Mark, 2014, 2015). Much of the existing research has focused on exploring the impact of sexual desire discrepancy on outcomes of relationship and sexual satisfaction, but much is left to investigate around how relationship constructs interact to shift level of sexual desire discrepancy. We will discuss how each partner's level of sexual desire discrepancy relate to their/their partner's experience of effective communication, couple conflict, and perceived intimacy. Furthermore, we will look at the ways that these factors further influence relationship satisfaction in couples.
Aging and romance, passion and sexual fulfillment are not antithetical. But the popular media, and our cultural and perhaps biological fascination with youth, has stigmatized the very concept of sexual vigor in aging populations. This lecture challenges the stigmatization of sexuality in people past 50 and reports data on sexuality during and after middle age that indicates that while frequency of sexual acts do go down, sexual behavior is neither absent nor less satisfying in large numbers of older people. This is important because data shows that sexual vitality, and the positive emotions sexual activity evokes, are strongly linked to both physical and mental health.
Pepper Schwartz received her B.A. and M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph.D. from Yale University. She is Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington and past recipient of their Clarence and Elsa Schrag fellowship. She is past President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, past President of the Pacific Sociological Association, and has been a member of the International Academy of Sex Research. She serves on the Leadership Council at the Program on Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota Medical School and on the advisory board of Roman (an ED site) and Trojan (condoms). She is the author or co-author of more than 50 academic articles and 25 books, three of which, American Couples: Money, Work, Sex; Ten Talks Parents Must Have with Children; and The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples, have been on the New York Times best seller list. Her book with Dr. Janet Lever, Places for Passion: The 75 Most Romantic Destinations in the World, was picked as a notable book by AARP, the American Travel Association, and by People Magazine.
She has been awarded many honors for her work, including honors from Mortar Board, Mother's Voices, the University of Washington PanHellenic Association (for excellence in teaching),Washington University in St. Louis (as a Distinguished Alumni), and the American Sociological Association for Public Understanding of Sociology. She was the AARP Love, Sex and Relationship Ambassador for more than a decade, and has had continuing columns in many national media outlets, including AARP.org, American Baby Magazine, Glamour magazine and the style section of the New York Times. She has worked with diverse media outlets to translate behavioral science research to the public including: Oprah, NBC Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS morning news, CBS Sunday morning, MSNBC, and most recently on Lifetime's Married at First Sight. She is the mother of Cooper and Ryder and she is married to Fred Kaseburg, and lives outside of Seattle Washington on a horse ranch.
Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM), yet it is severely under-researched. Recently, University of Minnesota researchers completed an NCI-funded study called Restore-I. From 41 qualitative interviews, we developed a new model explaining how prostate cancer treatment affects sexual and mental health. In the largest study of GBM prostate cancer survivors to date, 193 GBM detailed major sexual challenges. Only 12% described their sexual functioning as adequate, post-treatment. There is no standard of care or rehabilitation program for GBM; which leaves most men to treat themselves, informally. In the first needs assessment study, most GBM expressed high interest in a GBM-tailored, online sexual rehabilitation program.
B. R. Simon Rosser, Ph.D., M.P.H., L.P., is professor and director of the Sexual Health Minor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He has advanced degrees in psychology, epidemiology, and behavioral medicine. Born and raised in New Zealand, his completed his postdoctoral clinical/research fellowship at the Program in Human Sexuality, and was a faculty member there from 1992 to 2006. He is the author or coauthor of 150 peer reviewed scientific papers, 20 book chapters, and 7 books focused on gay men's health, including Gay Men Living with Prostate Cancer: From Diagnosis to Recovery (Harrington Park Press) to be published later this year. An NIH-funded researcher, and current chair of NIH's Behavioral and Social Sciences Prevention of HIV/AIDS Studies Section, he conducted the first NIH-funded studies of Internet-based HIV prevention for men who have sex with men, the effects of gay pornography on HIV risk, the social effects of structural homophobia on sexual risk, and most recently, the effects of treatment on gay and bisexual prostate cancer survivors. In addition, he conducted the first studies of sexual dysfunction in gay and bisexual men, studies of gay Catholics and gay Muslims, and pioneered treatment of internalized homonegativity using community-tailored sexual health education. Currently, he teaches two courses: "Public Health Approaches to HIV/AIDS", and "Sex, Sexuality, and Sexual Health."
The birth of a child, particularly a first child, is an event that can create significant changes to the dynamics of a couple’s sexual and overall relationship. Notably, the existing body of research on heterosexual couples’ postpartum sexual experiences has been primarily focused on new mothers. In this presentation, Dr. Jansen will discuss her qualitative study, which aimed to further explore the sexual and relational experiences of new fathers postpartum. Themes relating to changes in sexual satisfaction, sexual quality, and impact on overall relationship will be discussed. She will also address the clinical implications of her findings, particularly as they apply to working with postpartum couples.
Tera Jansen, PsyD, LP, received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota and both her MA and Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. Her dissertation research focused on the sexual experience of new fathers during the year postpartum. Her clinical training has included psychological assessment and individual, couples, family, and group therapy in a variety of clinical settings, including community mental health, inpatient and outpatient chemical dependency treatment, inpatient sex offender treatment, and private practice. She has experience working with a variety of mental health concerns, as well as specific training in the areas of sexual offending, forensic evaluation, co-occurring chemical dependency and sexual compulsivity, sexual and gender identity concerns, and LGBT sexual health. Her areas of clinical interest include couples/relationship intimacy concerns, alternative relationship models, sexual dysfunction, compulsive sexual behavior, sexual and gender identity concerns, the sexual health of expecting and new parents, and sexual offending.