Dr. Amanda Gesselman

Amanda Gesselman, Ph.D.

Associate Director for Research

Head of Research Analytics and Methodology Core

Anita Aldrich Endowed Research Scientist

Research Fellow, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention

Dr. Gesselman is a social psychologist at the Kinsey Institute, and the inaugural Anita Aldrich Endowed Research Scientist at Indiana University.

She completed her doctoral training at the University of Florida under Dr. Gregory D. Webster, and her postdoctoral training at the Kinsey Institute under Dr. Justin Garcia.

Her research examines dating and sexuality of single adults, with an emphasis on technology and health behaviors; the psychology, sexuality, and health of romantic couples; and the intersection of human development, stigma, and sexuality.

 (812) 855-4931

428 Lindley Hall
Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405

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  • Ph.D., University of Florida, 2014
  • M.S., University of Florida, 2011
  • B.S., Columbus State University, 2009

Research interests

  • Sex and dating behaviors of singles
  • Sex, health, and technology
  • Sex and medical interventions

Selected publications

Journal articles

  • Garcia, J. R., Gesselman, A. N., Seibold-Simpson, S. M., Merriwether, A. M., & Massey, S. G. (in press). Intimacy through sexual hookups: Intimate behaviors and relationship context.
  • Green, R. E., Bohmert, M. N., Gesselman, A. N., Mowatt, R., Maher, J., & Garcia, J. R. (2018). Graffiti with a purpose: Social justice conversations in university bathroom stalls. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, 6, 73-92.
  • Gesselman, A.N., Bigatti, S.M., Garcia, J.R., Coe, K., Cella, D., Champion, V.L. (2017). Spirituality, emotional distress, and post-traumatic growth in breast cancer survivors and their partners: An actor–partner interdependence modeling approach. Psycho-Oncology, 26(10):1691-1699. doi: 10.1002/pon.4192.
  • Ta, V. P., Gesselman, A. N., Perry, B. L., Fisher, H. E., & Garcia, J. R. (2017). Stress of singlehood: Marital status, domain-specific stress, and anxiety in a U.S. sample. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 36, 461-485.
  • Gesselman, A. N., Garcia, J. R., & Webster, G. D. (2016). Has virginity lost its virtue?: Relationship stigma associated with being a sexually inexperienced adult. Journal of Sex Research, 54, 202-213.

Current grants

Dr. Anita Aldrich Sexual Health Research Fund.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

Emergency Contraceptives KAP Survey of U.S. College Students. Teva Pharmaceutical Industry.
Role: Co-Principal Investigator.

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