Dr. Cynthia Graham

Cynthia Graham, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist
Professor of Gender Studies
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Sex Research

Dr. Graham is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sex Research, a consulting editor of the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexology, and a past President of the International Academy for Sex Research. In 2023 Dr. Graham was the recipient of the Masters & Johnson award from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.

Dr. Graham, a clinical psychologist by training, has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Graham is a founding member of the Kinsey Institute’s Condom Use Research Team (KI-CURT), an internationally recognized, multidisciplinary team researching the behavioral aspects of condom use which has produced over 50 articles and two book chapters on condom-use associated variables, including identifying race-specific barriers to condom use, and has worked with industry partners on the development of more effective condom designs.

Dr. Graham’s research interests include sexual health in older adults, sexual problems in women, gender and clinical sexology, the design and implementation of interventions to improve the uptake and experience of condom use, and innovative sex education interventions for adolescents. One of her most recent projects evaluates the use of video gamification as an intervention in sex education among adolescents and young adults.

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Indiana University
Bloomington, IN 47405


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, McGill University
  • M.App.Sci., Clinical Psychology, University of Glasgow
  • B.A., Joint Honours in Psychology and Philosophy, University of Stirling

Research interests

  • Sexual health in older adults
  • Sexual problems in women
  • Gender and clinical sexology
  • Design and implementation of interventions to improve uptake and experience of condom use
  • Innovative sex education interventions for adolescents

Selected publications

  • Franco Vega, I., Eleftheriou, A., & Graham, C. A. (2022). Video game-based interventions to improve sexual health outcomes in young people aged 15-25 years: A rapid review. JMIR Serious Games, 10,(2), e33207 https://doi.10.2196/33207
  • Graham, C. A., Štulhofer, A., Lange, T., Hald, G. M., Carvalheira, A. A., Enzlin, P., & Træen, B. (2020). Prevalence and predictors of sexual difficulties and associated distress among partnered, sexually active older women in Norway, Denmark, Belgium and Portugal.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, https://doi.10.1007/s10508-020-01742-7
  • Stone, N. C., Graham, C. A., Anstee, S., Brown, K., Newby, K., & Ingham, R. (2018).
  • Enhancing condom use experiences among young men to improve correct and consistent condom use: Feasibility of a home-based intervention strategy (HIS-UK). Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 4, 63. https://doi.org/10.1186/s40814-018-0257-9
  • Graham, C. A., Mercer, C. H., Tanton, C., Jones, K. G., Johnson, A. M., Wellings, K., & Mitchell, K. R. (2017). What factors are associated with reporting lacking interest in sex and how do these vary by gender? Findings from the third British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. BMJ Open, 7, (9), e016942. https://doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016942
  • Hall, K. S. K., & Graham, C. A. (2012). (Eds.) The cultural context of sexual pleasure and problems: Psychotherapy with diverse clients. New York: Routledge.
  • Graham, C. A. (2010). Review of the DSM diagnostic criteria for Female Orgasmic Disorder. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 256-270.
  • Graham, C. A., Sanders, S. A., & Milhausen, R. (2006). The Sexual Excitation/Sexual Inhibition Inventory for Women: Psychometric properties. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 35, 397-409.
  • Graham, C. A., Sanders, S. A., Milhausen, R., & McBride, K. (2004). Turning on and turning off: A focus group study of the factors that affect women’s sexual arousal. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 33, 527-538.

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