Kinsey Institute Staff Publications

This list of articles, books, and book chapters represents the work of staff and researchers during their affiliation with the Kinsey Institute. Publications are divided by directors' eras to facilitate browsing through the list. Within eras, publications are listed in reverse chronological order and alphabetically by lead author.

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In Press

Carter, C.S., et al., The truth about oxytocin. Invited review for Pharmacological Reviews In progress.

Carter, CS, Kenkel, WM, MacLean, EL, Wilson, SR, Perkeybile, AM, Yee, JR, Ferris, CF, Nazarloo, HP, Porges, SW, Davis, JM, Connelly, JJ & Kingsbury, MA. (2020). Is oxytocin “nature’s medicine”? Pharmacological Reviews, 72:1-33.

Chester, E and Vitzthum, VJ. Reproductive maturation of humans in The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Wenda Trevathan (ed).  John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (In press).

Crosby, R. A., Mark, K., Sanders, S. A., & Yarber, W. L. Giving condoms a new look: An exploratory test of a university-based condom distribution program designed to enhance sexual pleasure.

Crosby, R., Sanders, S. A., Milhausen, R., Graham, C. A., Tirmizi, A., Yarber, W. L., Beauchamps, L., & Mena, L. Women’s willingness to experiment with condoms and lubricants: A study of women residing in a high HIV seroprevalenc, impoverished area of the southern United States.

Feeley, N., Zelkowitz, P., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Carter, C.S., Tulandi, T., Joseph, L., & Libman, E. (In review). A prospective study of the predictors of PTSD symptoms among women two months after childbirth.

Graham, C.A., Crosby, R. A., Sanders, S. A., Wheeler, M. J., Vitzthum, V. J., Milhausen, R. R., Yarber, W. L. (In press). Reasons for using and not using condoms during menses: Data from 146 countries.

Herbenick, D., Fu, T.C., Arter, J., Sanders, S.A., & Dodge, B. (In press). Women’s experiences with genital touching, sexual pleasure, and orgasm: results from a U.S. probability sample. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy.

Kolacz J, Raspa M, Heilman KJ, Porges SW (In press). Evaluating sensory processing Fragile X Syndrome: Psychometric Analysis of the Brain-Body Sensory Scales.

Madularu, D., Yee, J.R., Kulkarni, P., Ferris, C.F. (In Press). System-specific BOLD activity in response to Δtetrahydrocannabinol: An imaging study in awake male rats. European Journal of Neuroscience.

Marcotte, A.S. (Forthcoming). Sexual consent in the digital age. In A. Powell (Ed.) Handbook on Gendered Violence and Technology. Palgrave.

Milhausen, R. R., Crosby, R. A.,  Yarber, W. L., Graham, C. A., Sanders, S. A., Barr, V. Ingram, H. & McDonald, I. R. (in press). Sexual risk among tourism workers in Banff, Alberta. Canadian Journal of Public Health.

Miller, W. R., Gesselman, A. N., Garcia, J. R., Groves, D., & Buelow, J. M. (In press). Epilepsy-related sexual and intimate relationship problems and concerns: indications from internet message boards. Epilepsy & Behavior.

Porges, Stephen W. and Dana, Deborah, Eds. (in press).  Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory: The emergence of polyvagal-informed therapies. Norton: New York, NY. (in press, April 2018)

Porges, S.W. and Kolacz, J. (in press).  Neurocardiology through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory.  In  RJ Gelpi & B Buchholz ed.  Neurocardiology: Pathophysiological Aspects and Clinical Implications.  Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Sanders, S. A., Graham C. A., Richard A. Crosby R. A., Robin R. Milhausen, R. R. Wheeler, M. J., Vitzthum, V. J., & Yarber, W. L. Avoidance of sexual behaviors during menses: Findings from a global sample.

Sanders, S. A., Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Wheeler, M. V., Vitzthum, V. J., Milhausen, R. R., & Yarber, W. L. Associations between condom use errors/problems, menses, and sexual enjoyment: An event-level analysis of females from 188 countries.

Selterman, D.F., Garcia, J.R., & Tsapelas, I. (In Press). Motivations for extra-dyadic infidelity revisited. Journal of Sex Research.

Yarber, W. L., Graham, C.A., Crosby, R. A., Sanders, S. A., Wheeler, M. V., Vitzthum, V. J., & Milhausen, R. R. Prevalence estimates of sexual behaviors for United States female teens.

Yee, J.R., Onishi, K, Kenkel, W.M., Lewis, G.L., Davila, M., Ferris, C.F., Porges, S.W., and Carter, C.S. (In Press). Oxytocin promotes cardiac autonomic flexibility in the face of mounting environmental threat. Frontiers in Medicine.


Craig, A. N., Peterson, Z. D., Janssen, E., Goodrich, D., & Heiman, J. R. (2020). The impact of emotion regulation and sexual arousal on men’s sexual coercion likelihood. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260520915544

Fanning, J., Silfer, J. L., Liu, H., Gauvin, L., Heilman, K. J., Porges, S. W., & Rejeski, W. J. (2020). Relationships between respiratory sinus arrhythmia and stress in college students. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 43(2), 308–317.

Gonzalez-Rivas, S. K., & Peterson, Z. D. (2020). Women’s sexual initiation in same- and other-sex relationships. Journal of Sex Research. 57, 335-350. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2018.1489489.

Holt, L. L.; Chung, Y. B.; Janssen, E.; & Peterson, Z. D. (2020). Female sexual satisfaction and sexual identity. Journal of Sex Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2020.1784827

Jabbour J, Holmes L, Sylva D, et al. (2020). Robust evidence for bisexual orientation among men. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Aug;117(31):18369-18377. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2003631117.

Jackson, L. N. (2020). Black Administrators in Higher Education: Autoethnographic Explorations and Personal Narratives. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 27(1).

Javidi, H., Maheux, A. J., Widman, L., Kamke, K., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Peterson, Z. D. (2020). Understanding adolescents’ attitudes toward affirmative consent. Journal of Sex Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1711009

Kern, S., & Peterson, Z. D. (2020). From freewill to force: Examining types of coercion and psychological outcomes in unwanted sex. Journal of Sex Research, 57, 570-584. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1671302

Kolacz, Jacek, Dale, Lourdes P., Nix, Evan J., Roath, Olivia K., Lewis, Gregory F., and Porges Stephen W. (2020). Adversity History Predicts Self-Reported Autonomic Reactivity and Mental Health in US Residents During the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Frontiers in Psychiatry, 11, 1119-1129. Open access.

Kolacz J, Hu Y, Gesselman AN, Garcia JR, Lewis GF, Porges SW. (2020). Sexual function in adults with a history of childhood maltreatment: Mediating effects of self-reported autonomic reactivity. Psychol Trauma. 12(3):281-290. doi:10.1037/tra0000498

Kusunoki, Y., Barber, J.S. The Dynamics of Intimate Relationships and Contraceptive Use During Early Emerging Adulthood. Demography (2020).

Marcantonio, T. L., Willis, M., Jozkowski, K. N., Peterson, Z. D., & Humphreys, T. (2020). Assessing college women’s experiences of nonconsensual first-time intercourse. Psychology of Violence, 10, 432-441. doi: 10.1037/vio0000262

Marcotte, A.S., Garcia, J.R., Gesselman, A. (2020). Women’s and men’s reactions to receiving unsolicited genital images from Men. Journal of Sex Research. https://

Peterson, Z. D., & Buday, S. K. (2020). Sexual coercion in couples with infertility: Prevalence, gender differences, and associations with psychological outcomes. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 1, 30-45. doi: 10.1080/14681994.2018.1435863

Peterson, Z. D., Vaughan, E. L., & Carver, D. N. (2020). COVID-19-related psychological reactions as afunction of sexual identity. Traumatology. Advance online publication.

Richmond, K. P., & Peterson, Z. D. (2020). Quality and quantity of sex education and their association with consent attitudes, intention, and communication. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 15, 1-24. doi: 10.1080/15546128.2019.1669512

Safron A, Sylva D, Klimaj V, Rosenthal AM, Bailey JM. Neural Responses to Sexual Stimuli in Heterosexual and Homosexual Men and Women: Men's Responses Are More Specific. Arch Sex Behav. 2020;49(2):433-445. doi:10.1007/s10508-019-01521-z

Strang, E., & Peterson, Z. D. (2020). Use of a bogus pipeline to detect men’s intentional underreporting of their sexually aggressive behavior. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 35, 208-232. doi: 10.1177/0886260516681157

Welch MG, Barone JL, Porges SW, et al. Family nurture intervention in the NICU increases autonomic regulation in mothers and children at 4-5 years of age: Follow-up results from a randomized controlled trial. PLoS One. 2020;15(8):e0236930. Published 2020 Aug 4. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0236930

Wong, Y. J., McDermott, R., Zounlome, N., Klann, E., & Peterson, Z. D. (2020). Self-persuasion: An experimental evaluation of a sexual aggression prevention intervention for U.S. college men. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260520936369


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Carter, C.S.  2019. Love as embodied medicine. International Journal of the European Association of Body Therapists, 18 (1): 19-25.

Carter, G.A., Jayawardene, W., Agley, J., Garcia, J.R., Miller, W.R., Sherwood-Laughlin, C., & Meyerson, B. (2019). Development of a 10-item tool to identify advanced practice nurse readiness to prescribe preexposure prophylaxis. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 2019;30(3):312-320. doi:10.1097/JNC.0000000000000038

Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Milhausen, R. A., Sanders, S. A., & Yarber, W. L. Correct Condom Use Self-Efficacy Scale. 2019. In R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, T. Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber (eds.), Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge.

Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Milhausen,R. R., Sanders, S. A., & Yarber, W. L. 2019. Condom Use Errors/Problems Survey. New York: Routledge. In R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, T. Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber (eds.), Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge.

Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Milhausen,R. R., Sanders, S. A., & Yarber, W. L. 2019. Condom Barriers Scale for Young Black Men Who Have Sex With Men. In R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, T. Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber (eds.), Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge.

Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Sanders, S. A., Wheeler, M.V, Vitzthum, V. J., Milhausen, R. R., Yarber, W. L. (2019). Decision-making over condom use during menses to avert sexually transmitted infections. Sexual Health. 16(1):90-93. doi:10.1071/SH18136

Ebner, N.C., Lin, T., Muradoglu, M., Weir, D.H., Plasencia, G.M., Lillard, T.S., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Cohen, R.A., Carter, C.S., & Connelly, J.J. 2019. Associations between oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) methylation and attachment across adulthood. International Journal of Psychophysiology (Special issue on oxytocin and health). Mar;31(2):123-127.

Erickson, E.N., Carter, C.S., & Emeis, C.L. 2019. Oxytocin, vasopressin and prolactin in new breastfeeding mothers: Relationship to clinical characteristics and infant weight loss. Journal of Human Lactation 1-10: DOI: 10.1177/0890334419838225.  

Francis, H.M., Garcia, J.R., Meyerson, B.E., Chomistek, A.K., & Abbruzzi, E. (2019). They Shall Be One: Sexual satisfaction among men and women married in the LDS faith. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. 45(1):60-72. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2018.1484402

Garfield L, Holditch-Davis D, Carter CS, McFarlin BL, Seng JS, Giurgescu C, White-Traut R. 2019. A pilot study of oxytocin in low-income women with a low-birth-weight infant: Is oxytocin related to posttraumatic stress? Advances in Neonatal Care Mar 19. Doi: 10.1097/ANC.0000000000000601.

Gesselman AN, Ta VP, Garcia JR (2019) Worth a thousand interpersonal words: Emoji as affective signals for relationship-oriented digital communication. PLoS ONE 14(8): e0221297.

Giroux, S.A., Gesselman, A.N., Garcia, J.R., Luetke, M., & Rosenberg, M. (2019). The magnitude and potential impact of missing data in a sexual violence campus climate survey.  Journal of American College Health. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2019.1577865ly

Green, R. E., Bohmert, M. N., Gesselman, A. N., Mowatt, R., Maher, J., & Garcia, J. R. 2019. Graffiti with a purpose: Social justice conversations in university bathroom stalls. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology.

Hatfield, E.C. & Carter, C.S. 2019. Love. In A. Scarantino, (Ed.).  Routledge Handbook of Emotion Theory. Chapter 156. Routledge.

Kenkel, W.M., Perkeybile, A.M., Yee, J.R., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H.P., Lillard, T.S., Ferguson, E.F., Wroblewski, K.L., Ferris, C.F.  Carter, C.S., & Connelly, J.J. 2019. Behavioral and epigenetic consequences of oxytocin treatment at birth.  Science Advances May 1;5(5): eaav2244. doi: 10.1126/sciadv. aav2244.

Kenkel, W.M., Perkeybile, A.M., Yee, J.R., & Carter, C.S. Rewritable fidelity: How repeated pairings and age influence subsequent pair-bond formation in male prairie voles. Hormones and Behavior 9;113:47-54.

Kizakevich PN, Eckhoff RP, Lewis GF, Davila MI, Hourani LL, Watkins R, Weimer B, Wills T, Morgan JK, Morgan T, Meleth S, Lewis A, Krzyzanowski MC, Ramirez D, Boyce M, Litavecz SD, Lane ME, Strange LB. 2019. Biofeedback-Assisted Resilience Training for Traumatic and Operational Stress: Preliminary Analysis of a Self-Delivered Digital Health Methodology. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 7(9):e12590. DOI: 10.2196/12590

Kolacz, J., Kovacic, K., & Porges, S. W. (2019). Traumatic stress and the autonomic brain-gut connection in development: Polyvagal Theory as an integrative framework for psychosocial and gastrointestinal pathology. Developmental Psychobiology. Advance online publication. Doi: 10.1002/dev.21852

Kolacz, J., Lewis, G.F., and Porges, S.W. 2019. The integration of vocal communication and biobehavioral state regulation in mammals: A polyvagal hypothesis. In SM Brudzynski, ed. Handbook of Ultrasonic Vocalization.  Amsterdam: Academic Press. 

MacLean EL, Wilson SR, Martin WL, Davis JM, Nazarloo HP, Carter CS. (2019).Challenges for measuring oxytocin: the blind men and the elephant?  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 107: 225-231. Doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.05.018.

Milhausen, J. Sakaluck, T. Fisher, C. Davis & Yarber, W. L., eds. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures. 4th Edition. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Milhausen, R., Graham, C., Sanders, S., Scott, B., Maitland, M., & Yarber, W. L. 2019.  Sexual Excitement/Sexual Inhibition Inventory for Women and Men. In (eds.) R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Perkeybile, A.M., Carter, C.S., Wroblewski, K.L., Kenkel, W.M., Puglia, M.H., Lillard, T.S., Karaoli, T., Gregory, S.G., Mohammadi, N., Epstein, L., Bales, K.L., & Connelly, J.J.  2019. Early nurture epigenetically tunes the oxytocin receptor.  Psychoneuroendocrinology 99:128-136. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.08.037.

Perkeybile, A.M., & Carter, C.S. 2019. Attachment and depression: Is oxytocin the shared link? International Handbook of Social Neuroendocrinology, Chapter 36. Routledge.

Peterson, Z. D., Beagley, M. C., McCallum, E., & Artime, T. M. (2019). Sexual attitudes and behaviors among men who are victims, perpetrators, or both victims and perpetrators of adult sexual assault. Psychology of Violence, 9, 221-234.

Plasencia, G. M., Luedicke, Joerg, Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Carter, C.S., & Ebner, N.C. 2019. Plasma oxytocin and vasopressin levels in young and older men and women: Functional relationships with attachment and cognition. Psychoneuroendocrinology. DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2019.104419

Stephen W. Porges, Maria I. Davila, Gregory F. Lewis, Jacek Kołacz, Stephanie Okonmah-Obazee, Amie Ashley Hane, Katie Y. Kwon, Robert J. Ludwig, Michael M. Myers, Martha G. Welch. (2019). Autonomic regulation of preterm infants is enhanced by Family Nurture Intervention. Developmental  Pyschobiology, 61(6): 942-952.  DOI: 10.1002/dev.21841

Devon M. Price, Jennifer L. Howell, Amanda N. Gesselman, Stephanie Finneran, Diane M. Quinn, Lisa A. Eaton.  (2019). Psychological threat avoidance as a barrier to HIV testing in gay/bisexual men. Journal of  Behavioral Medicine. 42(3):534-544. doi: 10.1007/s10865-018-0003-z. Epub 2019 Jan 1.  

Devon M. Price, Amanda N. Gesselman & Justin R. Garcia. (2019). Single Bisexual Men’s and Women’s Perceptions of Acceptance in the LGBTQ Community. Journal of Homosexuality, DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2019.1618645

Dylan Selterman, Amanda N. Gesselman, Amy C. Moors . Sexuality through the lens of secure base dynamics: Individual differences in Sexploration. (2019). Personality and Individual Differences, 147: 229-236.

Torabi, M. R., & Yarber, W. L. 2019. Alternate Forms of HIV Prevention Attitudes Scales for Teenagers. In (eds.) R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge, 2019.

Yarber, W. L. (2019). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary Society. 10th edition, New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Yarber, W. L., Torabi, M. R., & Veenker, C. H. 2019. STD Attitude Scale. In (eds.) R. Milhausen, J. Sakaluk, Fisher, C. Davis, & W. Yarber. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Fourth Edition. New York: Routledge, 2019.

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