Stephanie Sanders

Stephanie A. Sanders, Ph.D.

Research Director

Senior Scientist

Provost Professor of Gender Studies

Dr. Stephanie Sanders' research, conducted in the United States and Scandinavia, addresses: sexual behavior; sexuality, sexual identity, and gender relations; sex differentiation; gender difference in psychological and physical development; effects of prenatal hormones and drugs on human development; women's health and well-being, menstruation, menopause, and the life cycle; and biopsychological perspectives on debates in feminist theory.

Instructing Gender Studies courses since 1995, her current research analyzes gendered dimensions of scientific research methodologies; the effects of oral contraceptives on sexuality and well-being in women; sexual behavior and risk for sexually transmitted diseases; and the long-term behavioral effects of prenatal exposure to drugs and hormones.

Sanders was twice appointed interim director of the Kinsey Institute—first from 1993–95 and again in 2014—and also held the position of associate director. Recently, Sanders recently served as President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, and has been a co-principal investigator on research grants from such agencies as the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Dr. Sanders is the research lead on the Marriage Equality Project, which is collecting video and audio interviews with same-sex couples in Indiana who married in the wake of the US Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex unions. This project is being conducted with partnerships from IU Media School, community organizations (including Bloomington Pride and Spencer Pride), and the Kinsey Institute.
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  • Ph.D., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • M.S., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Research interests

  • Sexuality, sexual identity, and gender relations
  • Sex differentiation
  • Gender difference in psychological and physical development
  • Effects of prenatal hormones and drugs on human development
  • Women's health and well-being, menstruation, menopause, and the life cycle
  • Bio-psychological perspectives on debates in feminist theory

Selected publications

  • S. A. Sanders, B. J. Hill, E. Janssen, C. A. Graham, R. A. Crosby, R. R. Milhausen,  and W. L. Yarber. (2015) General Erectile Functioning among Young, Heterosexual Men Who Do and Do Not Report Condom-Associated Erection Problems (CAEP). Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12(9):1897-1904. DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12964. 
  • Sanders S.A., Hill, B.J., Crosby, R.A., & Janssen, E. (2014). Correlates of condom associated erection problems (CAEP) in young, heterosexual men: Condom self-efficacy, perceptions, and motivations. AIDS and Behavior, 18(1): 128-134. DOI:10.1007/s10461-013-0422-3. PMID:23404098
  • E.J. Janssen, S.A. Sanders, B.J. Hill, E. Amick, D. Oversen, P. Kvam, and K. Ingelhart. (2014) Patterns of Sexual Arousal in Young, Heterosexual Men Who Experience Condom-Associated Erection Problems (CAEP). Journal of Sexual Medicine 11(9): 2285-2291. DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12548.
  • Jozkowski, K.N. & Sanders, S. (2012). Health and sexual outcomes of women who have experienced forced or coercive sex. Women & Health, 52:101-118. DOI:10.1080/03630242.2011.649397. PMID:22458288
  • Sanders, S.A., Yarber, W.L., Kaufman, E.L., Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., & Milhausen, R.R. (2012) Condom use errors and problems: a global view. Sexual Health, 9(1):81-95. PMID:22348636
  • Milhausen, Robin R., Wood, Jessica, Sanders Stephanie A., Crosby, Richard A., Yarber, William L., and Graham, Cynthia A.. (2013). A novel, self-guided, home-based intervention to promote condom use among young men: a pilot study. Journal of Men's Health, 8(4): 274-281. doi:10.1016/j.jomh.2011.06.003.
  • R.R. Milhausen, C.A. Graham, and S.A. Sanders. (2012). Sexual Excitation/Sexual Inhibition Inventory for Women and Men.
  • S.A. Sanders, B.J. Hill, W.L. Yarber, C.A. Graham, R.A. Crosby, and R.R. Milhausen. (2010). Sexual Health, 7:31-34. DOI 10.1071/SH09068.
  • Sanders, S.A., Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Schick, V., Dodge, B., Fortenberry, J.D. (2010). Condom use during most recent vaginal intercourse event among a probability sample of adults in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7 (suppl 5):362-373. DOI:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.02011.x. PMID:21029391.

Recent awards

  • 2015: Provost Professor, Indiana University
  • 2014: Distinguished Service to SSSS Award, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

Current grants

  • 2014-17
    Population Dynamics in Greenland - A Multi-Component, Mixed-Method Study of Demographic Change in the Arctic. Role: Co-investigator with PI Virginia Vitzthum (Indiana University - Bloomington) and Elizabeth Rink (Montana State University). Funded by the National Science Foundation.

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