Kinsey Institute Staff Publications

C. Sue Carter, Ph.D.
Executive director

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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Beagley, M. C., Peterson, Z. D., Strasshofer, D. R., & Galovski, T. E. (2018). Sex differences in PTSD and depression in police officers following exposure to violence in Ferguson: The moderating effect of empathy. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management. Advance online publication.

Bell, A. F., Rubin, L. H., Davis J. M., Golding, J., Adejumo, O., & Carter C. S. 2018. The birth experience and subsequent maternal caregiving attitudes and behavior: A birth cohort study. Archives of Women’s Mental Health Oct 23. doi: 10.1007/s00737-018-0921-3.

Cabrera, A.&  Kolacz, J., Pailhez, G., Bulbena-Cabre, A., Bulbena, A., & Porges, S. W. (2018). Assessing body awareness and autonomic reactivity: Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Body Perception Questionnaire-Short Form (BPQ-SF). International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 27(3), e1596. doi: 10.1002/mpr.1596

Carter C. SuePerkeybile Allison M. (2018). The Monogamy Paradox: What Do Love and Sex Have to Do With It? Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 6: 202. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2018.00202

Carter, C.S. (2018).  The role of oxytocin and vasopressin in attachment. Psychodynamic Psychiatry.[Epub ahead of print] Winter; 45(4):499-517. doi: 10.1521/pdps.2017.45.4.499.

Carter, C.S. & Hatfield, E.C. (2018). Love. In A. Scarantino, (Ed.). Routledge Handbook of Emotion Theory. New York: Routledge.

Chester, E and Vitzthum, VJ. (2018). Protocol for extraction and enzyme immunosorbent assay (ELISA) of progesterone or estradiol from human salivary samples preserved with or without sodium azide (protocol v1.0). IUScholarWorks

Chester, E and Vitzthum, VJ. (2018). Reproductive maturation of humans in The International Encyclopedia of Biological Anthropology, Wenda Trevathan (ed).  John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 

Crosby, R. A., Skakoon-Sparling, S., Milhausen, R., Sanders, S., Graham, C., & Yarber. W. (2018). The protective value of discussing condom use: A study of young Black men attending STI clinics in the Southern U.S. Health Education and Behavior. 45: 706-713, DOI: 10.1117/109019818775469.

Duque-Wilckens, N, Steinman, MQ, Busnelli, M, Chini, B, Pham, M, Yokoyama, S, Laredo, SA, Hao, R, Perkeybile, AM, Bales, KL, & Trainor, BC. (2018). Oxytocin receptors in the anteromedial bed nucleus of the stria terminalis promote stress-induced social avoidance in females. Biological Psychiatry, 2018 Feb 1;83(3):203-213. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.08.024.

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. 2018. 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. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000391.PMID: 29206687.

Frederick, D.A., St. John, H.K., Garcia, J.R., & Lloyd, E.A. (2018). Differences in orgasm frequency between gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual men and women in a U.S. national sample. Archives of Sexual Behavior. 47(1):273-288. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-0939-z. Epub 2017 Feb 17.

Garcia, J.R., Gesselman, A.N., Massey, S.G., Seibold-Simpson, S.M., & Merriwether, A.M. (2018). Intimacy through casual sex: Relational context of sexual activity and affectionate behaviors. Journal of Relationships Research, 9, e12, 1-10.

Gray, Peter B., Garcia, Justin R., and Gesselman, Amanda N. (2018).  Age-Related Patterns in Sexual Behaviors and Attitutdes Among Single U.S. Adults: An Evolutionary Approach. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. [Advance online publication.] doi: 10.1037/ebs0000126.

Green, R.E., Northcutt Bohmert, M., Gesselman, A.N., M., Mowatt, R.A., Maher, J., Garcia, J.R. (2018). Graffiti with a purpose: Sexual violence and social justice conversations in university bathroom stalls. Journal of Qualitative Criminal Justice & Criminology, 6(1), 73-92.

Haufler, A. J., Lewis, G. F., Davila, M. I., Westhelle, F., Gavrilis, J., Bryce, C. I., Kolacz, J., Granger, D. A., & McDaniel, W. (2018). Biobehavioral insights into adaptive behavior in complex and dynamic operational settings: Lessons learned from the Soldier Performance and Effective, Adaptable Response (SPEAR) task. Frontiers in Medicine, 4, 217. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2017.00217 

Heckman, T. G. Markowitz, J. C., Heckman, B., Woldu, H., Anderson, T., Lovejoy, T. L., Shen, Y., Sutton, M., & Yarber, W. L. (2018). A randomized trial showing persisting reductions in depressive symptoms in HIV-infected rural adults following brief telephone-administered interpersonal psychotherapy. Annuals of Behavioral Medicine. DOI: 10.1093/abm/kax015.

Herbenick, D., Fu, T.C., Arter, J., Sanders, S.A., & Dodge, B. (2018). Women’s experiences with genital touching, sexual pleasure, and orgasm: results from a U.S. probability sample. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 44:2, 201-212. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2017.1346530 

Hill, S. E., Prokosch, M. L., Makhanova, A., Eimerbrink, M., Gassen, J., White, J. D., Peterman, J. L., Proffitt-Leyva, R. P., Nicolas, S. C., Reynolds, T., Maner, J. K., McNulty, J. K., Eckel, L. A., Nikonova, L., Brinkworth, J. F., Phillios, M., Mithcell, J., & Boehmn, G. W. (2018). Behavioral immune system activity predicts downregulation of chronic basal inflammation. Plos One.

Kern, S. G., & Peterson, Z. D. (2018). Negative cognitions following distressing unwanted sex: The role of coercion severity and perceived consent. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260518790603

Kolacz, J. & Porges, S. W. (2018). Chronic diffuse pain and functional gastrointestinal disorders after traumatic stress: Pathophysiology through a polyvagal perspective. Frontiers in Medicine, 5, 145. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2018.00145

Kolacz J, Raspa M, Heilman KJ, Porges SW (2018). Evaluating sensory processing Fragile X Syndrome: Psychometric Analysis of the Brain-Body Sensory Scales. J Autism Dev Disord 48, 2187–2202. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3491-3

Lancaster, K., Goldbeck, L., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Connelly, J.J., Carter, C.S., & Morris, J.P. 2018. The role of endogenous oxytocin in anxiolysis: structural and functional correlates. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 3:618-625. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2017. 10.003. PMID: 30047477.

Marcotte, A.S., & Garcia, J.R. (2018). Negotiations of identity, pleasure and health in women’s online sex work advertisements. In P.G. Nixon & I.K. Düsterhöft (Eds.), Sex in the Digital Age (pp. 179-190). New York: Routledge.

MacKinnon, A.L., Carter, C.S., Feeley, N., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Santhakumaran, S., & Zelkowitz, P. 2018. Theory of mind as a link between oxytocin and maternal behavior. Psychoneuroendocrinology 92:87-94. doi: 10.1016.

MacLean, E.L., Gesquiere, L.R., Gee, N.R., Levy, K., Martin, W.L., & Carter, C.S. 2018. Validation of salivary oxytocin and vasopressin as biomarkers in domestic dogs. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 293: 67-76. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2017.08.033.

Peterson, Z. D., Beagley, M. C., McCallum, E., & Artime, T. M. (2018). Sexual attitudes and behaviors among men who are victims, perpetrators, or both victims and perpetrators of adult sexual assault. Psychology of Violence. Advance online publication.

Peterson, Z. D., & Buday, S. K. (2018). Sexual coercion in couples with infertility: Prevalence, gender differences, and associations with psychological outcomes. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. Advance online publication.

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

Porges, S.W. and Kolacz, J. (2108).  Neurocardiology through the Lens of the Polyvagal Theory.  In  RJ Gelpi & B Buchholz ed.  Neurocardiology: Pathophysiological Aspects and Clinical Implications.  Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Raspa, M., Wylie, A., Wheeler, A. C., Kolacz, J. ,Edwards, A., Heilman, K. J., & Porges, S. W. (2018). Sensory difficulties in children with an FMR1 premutation. Frontiers in Genetics, 9, 351. doi: 10.3389/fgene.2018.00351

Reynolds, T., Baumeister, R. F., & Maner, J. K. (2018). Competitive reputation manipulation: Women transmit romantic rivals’ social information strategically. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 78, 195-209. *Open Data

Reynolds, T., Makhanova, A., McNulty, J. K., Eckel, L. A., Nikonova, L., & Maner, J. K. (2018). Progesterone and women’s interpersonal anxiety across the menstrual cycle. Hormones and Behavior,102, 38-40.

Rubin, L.H., Li, S., Yao, L., Keedy, S.K., Reilly, J.L., Hill, S.K., Bishop, J.R., Carter, C.S., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Drogos, L.L., Gershon, E., Pearlson, G.D., Tamminga, C.A., Clementz, B.A., Keshavan, M.S., Lui, S., & Sweeney, J.A. 2018. Peripheral oxytocin and vasopressin modulates regional brain activity differently in men and women with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research Dec; 202:173-179. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2018.07.003. Epub 2018 Jul 6. PMID: 30539769.

Sanders SA, Crosby RA, Milhausen RR, et al. Women’s willingness to experiment with condoms and lubricants: A study of women residing in a high HIV seroprevalence area. International Journal of STD & AIDS. 2018;29(4):367-374. doi:10.1177/0956462417727690

Sunahara, C., Zelkowitz, P., Bolger, N., Samuel, S., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Feeley, N., Carter, C.S., & Bartz, J.A. 2018. Maternal oxytocin predicts relationship survival during the peripartal transition period. International Journal of Psychophysiology (Special issue on oxytocin and health). Apr 26. pii: S0167-8760(17)30682-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2018.04.009.

Virginia J. Vitzthum, Jonathan Thornburg, and Hilde Spielvogel, PHD . (2019).  Impacts of nocturnal breastfeeding, photoperiod, and access to electricity on maternal sleep behaviors in a non-industrial rural Bolivian population . Sleep Health. 2018 Dec;4(6):535-542. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2018.09.011. Epub 2018 Oct 19. 

Yarber, W. L. (2018). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary Society. 8th e. Common Master Press. Taipei City, Taipei. (complex Chinese version of 8 th edition of text).

Yarber, W. L., Milhausen, R. R., Karly, Beavers, Ryan, R., Sullivan, M. J., Vanterpool, K.B., Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., & Crosby, R. A. (2018). A pilot test of a selfguided, home-based intervention to improve condom-related sexual experiences, attitudes, and behaviors among young women. American Journal of College Health. https: org/10.1080/07/448481.2-18.1446436.




Allen, J. A., Allinson, H., Clark-Huckstep, A., Hill, B., Sanders, S.A., & Zhou, L. (2017). The Kinsey Institute: The First Seventy Years. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press.

Baldwin, Aleta M., Dodge, Brian, Schick, Vanessa,  Sanders, Stephanie A.,  and Fortenberry, J. Dennis. (2017). Sexual Minority Women's Satisfaction with Health Care Providers and State-level Structural Support: Investigating the Impact of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Nondiscrimination Legislation.  Women’s Health Issues.  May-June 2017, Vol 27, Issue 3, p 271-278. DOI:

Baldwin, Aleta M., Dodge, Brian, Schick, Vanessa, Herbenick, Debra, Sanders, Stephanie A.,  Dhoot, Roshni, and Fortenberry, J. Dennis. (2017). Health and identity-related interactions between lesbian, bisexual, queer and pansexual women and their healthcare providers.  Culture, Health and Sexuality, 17 March 2017, Pages 1-16. DOI: 10.1080/13691058.2017.1298844

Baldwin, A., Schick, V. R., Dodge, B., Van Der Pol, B., Herbenick, D., Sanders, S. A., & Fortenberry, J. D. (2017). Variation in sexual identification among behaviorally bisexual women in the Midwestern United States: Challenging the established methods for collecting data on sexual identity and orientation. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 1337-1348.

Bedwell, Rebecca M., Spielvogel, Hilde, Bellido, Diva, and Vitzthum, Virginia J. (2017). Factors Influencing the Use of Biomedical Health Care by Rural Bolivian Anemic Women: Structural Barriers, Reproductive Status, Gender Roles, and Concepts of Anemia.  PLOS

Boesveldt, S., Yee, J.R., McClintock, M.K., and Lundstrӧm, J.N. (2017) Olfactory function and the social lives of older adults: a matter of sex. Scientific Reports, 7:45118. Doi: 10/1038/srep45118.

Bulbena A, Baeza‐Velasco C, Bulbena‐Cabré A, Pailhez G, Critchley H, Chopra P, Mallorquí‐Bagué N, Frank C, P orges S (2017). Psychiatric and psychological aspects in the Ehlers–Danlos syndromes. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part C: Seminars in Medical Genetics, DOI: 10.1002/ajmg.c.31544.

Bulbena-Cabré A, Pailhez G, Cabrera A, Baeza VC, Porges S, Bulbena A (2017). Body Perception in a sample of nonclinical youngsters with joint hypermobility. Ansiedad y Estrés (Anxiety& Stress), 23, 99-103.

Bulbena-Cabré A, Perez-Rodriguez MM, Porges S., Bulbena A, Goodman,M. (2017). Understanding Anxiety in Borderline Personality Disorder. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 1-14.

Cabrera, A., Kolacz, J., Pailhez, G., Bulbena-Cabre, A., Bulbena, A., & Porges, S. W. (2017). Assessing body awareness and autonomic reactivity: Factor structure and psychometric properties of the Body Perception Questionnaire-Short Form (BPQ-SF). International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research. doi: 10.1002/mpr.1596 

Carter, C.S. 2017. The oxytocin and vasopressin pathway in the context of love and fear. Frontiers in Endocrinology.

Carter, C.S. 2017. Oxytocin and human evolution. Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience  35: 291-320. In Behavioral Pharmacology of Neuropeptides: Oxytocin. Eds: R. Hurlemann & V. Grinevich, Springer International Publishing, AG.  Aug 16. doi: 10.1007/7854_2017_18. [Epub ahead of print]

Carter, C.S., Bartal, I. B-A., & Porges, E.C. 2017. The roots of compassion: An evolutionary and neurobiological perspective. In EM Seppala, E Simon-Thomas, SL Brown, MC Worline, CD Cameron, & JR Doty, Eds.  Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science . New York, NY: Oxford University Press.   The Oxford Handbook of Compassion. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 173-188.

Crosby, Richard A. , Milhausen, Robin R., Graham, Cynthia A., Yarber, William L., Sanders, Stephanie A., Geter, Angelica and Mena, Leandro. (2017). Antecedents of Condom-Protected Oral Sex Among Young Black MSM.  International Journal of Sexual Health, Published online: 15 Feb 2017, Pages 1-6.

Crosby, R.A., Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., Milhausen, R., Yarber, W. L., & Mena, L. (2017). Evaluation of the condom barriers scale for young black men who have sex with men: Reliability and validity of 3 subscales. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 44(2):91-95. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000562

Dale LP, Shakh SK, Fasciano LC, Watorek VD, Heilman KJ, Porges SW. (2017). College Females with Maltreatment Histories have Atypical Autonomic Regulation and Poor Psychological Wellbeing. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Davila MI, Lewis GF, Porges SW (2017). The PhysioCam: A novel non-contact sensory to measure HRV in clinical and field applications. Frontiers in Public Health, 5: 300. PMID 29214150 DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2017.00300

Ferris CF, Kulkarni P, Yee JR, Nedelman M, de Jong IEM. (2017) The Serotonin Receptor 6 Antagonist idalopirdine and acetylcholinesterase inhibitor donepezil have synergistic effects on brain activity - A functional MRI study in the awake rat. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 8:279. Doi: 10.3389/fphar.2017.00279.

Flores PJ, Porges SW (2017). Group Psychotherapy as a Neural Exercise: Bridging Polyvagal Theory and Attachment Theory. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 26:1-21.

Frederick, D.A., Lever, J., Gillespie, B.J., & Garcia, J.R. (2017). What keeps passion alive? Sexual satisfaction is associated with sexual communication, mood setting, sexual variety, oral sex, orgasm, and sex frequency in a national U.S. study. Journal of Sex Research, 54(2), 186-201.

Gangel, M. J., Shanahan, L., Kolacz, J., Brown, A., Oberlin, D., Calkins, S. D., Keane, S., & Wideman, L. (2017). Vagal regulation of cardiac function in early childhood and cardiovascular risk in adolescence.  Psychosomatic Medicine, advance online publication.

Gesselman, A.N., Bigatti, S.M., Garcia, J.R., Coe, K., Cell, 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.

Gesselman, A.N., Garcia, J. R., & Webster, G. D. (2017). Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Relationship Stigma Associated with Being a Sexually Inexperienced Adult.  Journal of Sex Research. Vol. 54 (2): 202-213.

Gray, A., Porges, S.W. (2017).  Polyvagal informed dance/movement therapy with children who shut down: Restoring core rhythmicity.  In CA Malchiodi, DA Crenshaw (Eds) What to do when children clam up in psychotherapy: Interventions to facilitate communication. New York, NY: Guildord Press.  Pp 102-136. 

Guerra-Reyes, L., Rush, B., Herbenick, D., Dodge, B., Reece, M., Schick, V., Sanders S. A., & Fortenberry, J. D. (2017). Sexual health and language dominance among Hispanic/Latino women and men: Analysis of a nationally representative sample. Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health. Oct;19(5):1059-1072. doi: 10.1007/s10903-016-0446-7. PubMed PMID: 27351894

Guitar, A.E., Geher, G., Kruger, D.J., Garcia, J.R., Fisher, M.L., & Fitzgerald, C.J. (2017). Defining and interpreting definitions of emotional and sexual infidelity. Current Psychology, 36(3), 434-446.

Hage B, Britton B, Daniels D, Heilman K, Porges S, Halaris A (2017). Low cardiac vagal tone indexed by heart rate variability differentiates bipolar depression from major depression. The World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, 1-9.

Hage B, Sinacore J, Heilman K, Porges SW, Halaris, A (2017). Heart rate variability predicts treatment outcome in major depression. Journal of Psychiatry and Brain Science, 2 (6):1; DOI: 10.20900/jpbs.20170017.

Haufler, A. J., Lewis, G. F., Davila, M. I., Westhelle, F., Gavrilis, J., Bryce, C. I., Kolacz, J., Granger, D. A., & McDaniel, W. (2017). Biobehavioral insights into adaptive behavior in complex and dynamic operational settings: Lessons learned from the Soldier Performance and Effective, Adaptable Response (SPEAR) task. Frontiers in Medicine. doi: 10.3389/fmed.2017.00217

Haupert, M.L., Gesselman, A.N., Moors, A.C., Fisher, H.E., & Garcia, J.R. (2017). Prevalence of experiences with consensual nonmonogamous relationships: Findings from two national samples of single Americans. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43(5), 424-440.

Haupert, M.L., Moors, A.C., Gesselman, A.N., & Garcia, J.R. (2017). Estimates and correlates of engagement in consensually non-monogamous relationships. Current Sexual Health Reports, 9(3), 155-165.

Herbenick, D., Bowling, J., Fu, T.C., Dodge, B., Guerra-Reyes, L., & Sanders, S.A. (2017). Sexual diversity in the United States: Results from a nationally representative probability sample of adult women and men. PLOS One, 12(7): e0181198.

Holochwost, S. J., Gariépy, J.-L., Mills-Koonce, W. R., Propper, C. B., Kolacz, J., & Granger, D. A. (2017). Individual differences in the activity of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis: Relations to age and cumulative risk in early childhood. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 81, 36-45.

Holochwost, S. J., Propper, C. B., Wolf, D. P., Willoughby, M. T., Fisher, K. R., Kolacz, J., Volpe, V. V., & Jaffee, S. R. (2017). Music education, academic achievement, achievement, and executive functions. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 11(2), 147-166.

Holtzman, Dinah. “Ass You Lick It: Bey and Jay Eat Cake.” Black Camera, Vol. 9, No. 1, Fall 2017, 179-188.

Janssen, J. A., Kolacz, J., Shanahan, L., Gangel, M. J., Calkins, S. D., Keane, S., & Wideman, L. (2017). Childhood temperament predictors of adolescent physical activity. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 8.

Johnsen, L.L., Kruger, D.J., Geher, G., Shaiber, R., Garcia, J.R., & Wiegand, A. (2017). Youth injuries as a function of sex, life history, and neighborhood safety. Human Ethology Bulletin, 32(3), 85-108.

Jones, R.M., Walden, R.A., Conture, E.G., Erdemire, A., Lambert, W. and Porges, S.W. (2017). Executive function impacts the relation between respiratory sinus arrhythmia and stuttering frequency in young children who do and do not stutter. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 1-18.

Kenkel, W.M., Perkeybile, A.M., & Carter, C.S. 2017. The neurobiological causes and effects of alloparenting.  Developmental Neuroscience 77: 214-232.

Lancaster, K., Goldbeck, L., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Connelly, J.J., Carter, C.S., & Morris, J.P. (in press). The role of endogenous oxytocin in anxiolysis: structural and functional correlates. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

Lorenz, T. K., Gesselman, A. N., & Vitzthum, V. J. (2017). Variance in mood symptoms across menstrual cycles: implications for premenstrual dysphoric disorder. Women’s Reproductive Health, 4, 77-88.

MacLean, E.L., Gesquiere, L.R., Gee, N.R., Levy, K., Martin, W.L., & Carter, C.S. 2017.  Effects of affliliative human-animal interaction on dog salivary and plasma oxytocin and vasopressin. Frontiers in Psychology 8: 1606. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01606. eCollection 2017.

MacLean, E.L., Gesquiere, L.R., Gee, N.R., Levy, K., Martin, W.L., & Carter, C.S. 2017. Validation of salivary oxytocin and vasopressin as biomarkers in domestic dogs. Journal of Neuroscience Methods 293: 67-76. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2017.08.033. [Epub ahead of print.]

MacLean, E.L., Gesquiere, L.R. Gruen, M.E., Sherman, B.L., Martin, W.L., & Carter, C.S. 2017. Endogenous oxytocin, vasopressin and aggression in domestic dogs.  Frontiers in Psychology 8, 1613. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01613. eCollection 2017.

Madularu, D., Yee, J.R., Kulkarni, P., Ferris, C.F. (2017). System-specific BOLD activity in response to Δtetrahydrocannabinol: An imaging study in awake male rats. European Journal of Neuroscience. 46: 2893-2900. DOI: 10.1111/ejn.13754

Maeder, A.B., Vonderheid, S.C., Park, C.G., Bell, A.F., McFarlin, B.L., Vincent, C. & Carter, C.S. 2017. Titration of intravenous oxytocin infusion for postdates induction of labor across body mass index groups. Journal of Obstetric and Gynecological Neonatal Nursing 46(4):494-507. doi: 10.1016/j.jogn.2017.02.006. Epub 2017 May 18.

McBride, Kimberly R.,  Sanders, Stephanie A., Hill, Brandon J. and  Reinisch, June M. (2017). Heterosexual Women’s and Men’s Labeling of Anal Behaviors as Having “Had Sex”.  Journal of Sex Research. Pages 1-5 | Published online: 23 Feb 2017.

Milhausen  RR, McKay A, Graham CA,  Sanders SA, Crosby RA,  Yarber WL, Wood J. (2017). Do Associations Between Pleasure Ratings and Condom Use During Penile-Vaginal Intercourse Vary by Relationship Type?: A Study of Canadian University Students.  J Sex Res . 2017 Mar 30:1-10. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2017.1298713.

Miller, W.R., Gesselman, A.N., Garcia, J.R., Groves, D., & Buelow, J.M. (2017). Epilepsy-related romantic and sexual relationship problems and concerns: Indications from Internet message boards. Epilepsy & Behavior, 74, 149-153.

Naik, R., Valentine, H., Hall, A., Mathews, W.B., Harris, J.C., Carter, C.S., Dannals, R.F., Wong, D.F., & Horti, A.G. 2017. Development of a radioligand for imaging V1a vasopressin receptors with PET. European Journal Medicinal Chemistry 139: 644-656.

Perkeybile, AM & Bales, KL. (2017). Intergenerational transmission of the neurobiology of social bonds. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220:114-123.

Porges, S.W. (2017). Vagal Pathways: Portals to Compassion. In EM Seppala, E Simon-Thomas, SL Brown, MC Worline, CD Cameron, & JR Doty, Eds. The Oxford Handbook of Compassion Science. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 189-202.

Porges, Stephen W. (2017).  Die Polyvagal-Theorie und die Suche nach Sicherheit: Traumabehandlung, soziales Engagement und Bindung. Lichtenau, Germany :  G.B. Probst Verlag (German) published February 2017.

Porges, Stephen W. (2017).  The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). New York, NY:  W. W. Norton & Company.

Porges, S.W. and Carter, C.S. (2017). Polyvagal Theory and the Social Engagement System: Neurophysiological Bridge between Connectedness and Health. Complementary and Integrative Treatments in Psychiatric Practice. (Eds: P Gerbarg and P Muskin). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Association Publishing. Pp 291-310.

Porges, S.W., & Carter, C.S. (2017).  The social engagement system: The neurophysiological bridge between connectedness and health. Ed. P. Gerbarg and R. Brown.

Porges, SW, Daniel, S (2017). Play and the dynamics of treating medical trauma: Insights from Polyvagal Theory. In: Daniel, S., & Trevarthen, C. Rhythms of Relating in Children's Therapies. Jessica Kingsley. London. Pp 113-124.

Rees, G. & Garcia, J.R. (2017). All I need is shoe: An investigation into the obligatory aspect of sexual object fetishism. International Journal of Sexual Health, 29(4), 303-312.

Rees, G. & Garcia, J.R. (2017). An investigation into the solitary and interpersonal aspects of sexual object fetishism: A mixed-methods approach. Psychology and Sexuality, 8(4), 252-267.

Reinisch, J.M., Mortensen, E.L., & Sanders, S.A. (2017). Prenatal exposure to progesterone affects sexual orientation in humans. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(5): 1239-1249.

Rezaei B, Lowe J, Yee JR, Porges S, Ostadabbas S (2017. )Non-contact automatic respiration monitoring in restrained rodents. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2016 IEEE 38th Annual International Conference of the 2016 (pp. 4946-4950). 

Rice, L.J., Einfeld, S.L., Hu, N., & Carter, C.S. 2017. A review of clinical trials of oxytocin in Prader-Willi syndrome. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, Dec 4. doi: 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000391. [Epub ahead of print]

Rubin, L.H., Webring, H.J., Demyanovich, H., Carter, C.S., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Feldman, S.M., Earl, A.K., August, S., Gold, J.M., & Kelly, D.L. 2017. Peripheral oxytocin and vasopressin are associated with clinical symptom severity and cognitive functioning in midlife women with chronic schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research. Sep 28. pii: S0920-9964(17)30603-5. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2017.09.041.

Rubin, L.H., Yao, L., Keedy, S.K., Reilly, J.L., Bishop, J.R., Carter, C.S., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Drogos, L.L., Tamminga, C.A., Pearlson, G.D., Keshavan, M.S., Clementz, B.A., Hill, S.K., Liao, W., Ji, G.J., Lui, S., & Sweeney, J.A. 2017.  Sex differences in associations of arginine vasopressin and oxytocin with resting-state functional brain connectivity.  Journal of Neuroscience Research 95(1-2):576-586. doi: 10.1002/jnr.23820.

Sanders, S.A., Crosby, R.A., Milhausen, R.R., Graham, C.A., Tirmizi, A. Yarber, W.L., Beauchamps, L., & Mena, L. (2017 Epub ahead of print) Women's willingness to experiment with condoms and lubricants: A study of women residing in a high HIV seroprevalence area. International Journal of STD & AIDS. doi: 10.1177/0956462417727690.

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 national U.S. sample. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 36(6), 461-485.


Carter, C.S., & Porges, S.W. (2016). Neural mechanisms underlying human-animal interactions: An evolutionary perspective. In: The Social Neuroscience of Animal-Human Interactions. Ed: L. S. Freund, S. McCune, L. Eposito, N. R. Gee & P. McCardle. APA Books: Washington, DC.

Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., Milhausen, R. R., & Mena, L. (2016). Measures of attitudes toward and communication about condom use: Their relationships with sexual risk among young Black MSM. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 43(2), 94-98.

Davila MI, Lewis GF, Porges SW.  (2016). The PhysioCam: Cardiac pulse, continuously monitored by a color video camera. Journal of Medical Devices, 10: 020951-020951-2.

Fales, M.R., Frederick, D.A., Garcia, J.R., Gildersleeve, K.A., Haselton, M.G., & Fisher, H.E. (2016). Mating markets and bargaining hands: Mate preferences for attractiveness and resources in two national U.S. studies. Personality and Individual Differences, 88, 78-87.

Garcia, J. R., Gesselman, A. N., Siliman, S. A., Perry, B. L., Coe, K., & Fisher, H. E. (2016). Sexting among U.S. singles: Prevalence of sending, receiving, and sharing sexual messages and images.  Sexual Health. 13(5) 428-435

Gray, P., Franco, C., Garcia, J. R., Gesselman, A. N., & Fisher, H. E. (2016). Romantic dating attitudes and behaviors among single parents in the U.S.  Personal Relationships. 23 (3): 491–504.

Haupert, M., Gesselman, A. N., Moors, A. C., Fisher, H. E., & Garcia, J. R. (2016). Prevalence of experiences with consensual non-monogamous relationships: Findings from two nationally representative samples of single Americans.  Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy. 43 (5):424-440.

Kenkel, W.M. & Carter, C.S. 2016. Voluntary exercise facilitates pair-bonding in male prairie voles. Behavioral Brain Research, 296, 326-330. Doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.09.028. PMID: 26409174.

Lucas AR, Klepin HD, Porges SW, Rejeski WJ. (2016). Mindfulness-Based Movement: A Polyvagal Perspective. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 1534735416682087.

Massey, S.H., Schuette, S.A., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Wisner, K.L., & Carter, C.S. (2016). Interaction of oxytocin level and past depression may predict postpartum depressive symptom severity. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, March 8 (Epub ahead of print). PMID 26957508.

Milhausen, Robin R., Crosby, Richard A., Yarber, William L., Graham, Cynthia A., Sanders, Stephanie A., Ingram, Hailey, Moffitt Barr, Vanessa, and Macdonald, Ian R. (2016). An intervention study assessing a peer outreach model to promote safer-sex for tourism workers. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 25 (3):216-224.

Perry, A.N., Carter, C.S., & Cushing, B.S. (2016). Chronic social isolation enhances reproduction in the monogamous prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). Psychoneuroendocrinology, 68, 20-28. PMID: 26939085.

Rubin, L.H., Connelly, J.J., Reilly, J.L. Carter, C.S., Drogos, L., Pournjafi-Nazarloo, H., Ruocco, A.C., Keedy, S.K., Matthew, I. Tandon, N. Pearlson, G.D., Clementz, B.A., Tamminga, C.A., Gershon, E. S., Keshavan, M.S., Bishop, J.R., & Sweeney, J.A. (2016). Sex and diagnosis specific associations between DNA methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene with emotion processing and temporal-limbic and prefrontal brain volumes in psychotic disorders. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 1, 141-151. PMID: 26977453.

Webster, G. D., Gesselman, A. N., & Crosier, B. C. (2016). Avoidant adult attachment negatively relates to classroom popularity: Social Network Analysis support for the Parent-Partner-Peer Attachment Transfer Model.  Personality and Individual Differences. 96:248-254.

Wu H-T, Lewis GF, Davila MI, Daubechies, Porges SW (2016). Optimizing estimates of instantaneous heart ratef rom pulse wave signals with the synchrosqueezing transform.   Methods of Information in Medicine, 55: 463-472.

Yee, J.R., Kenkel, W.M., Frijling, J.L., Dodhia, S., Onishi, K.G., Tovar, S., Saber, M.J., Lewis, G.F., Liu, W., Porges, S.W., Carter, C.S. (2016). Oxytocin promotes functional coupling between paraventricular nucleus and both sympathetic and parasympathetic cardioregulatory nuclei. Hormones and Behavior, 80, 82-91. PMID: 26836772.

Yee, J.R., Kenkel, W.M., Kulkarni, P., Moore, K., Perkeybile, A.M., Toddes, S., Amacker, J., Carter, C.S., & Ferris, C.F. (2016). BOLD fMRI in awake prairie voles: A platform for translational social and affective neuroscience. NeuroImage.


Bell, A.F., Carter, C.S., Steer, C.D., Golding, J., Davis, J.M., Steffen, A.D., Rubin, L.H., Lillard, T.S., Gregory, S.P., Harris, J.C. and Connelly, J.J. (2015). Interaction between oxytocin receptor DNA methylation and genotype is associated with risk of postpartum depression in women without depression in pregnancy.  Frontiers in Genetics. 6:243.

Coe, K., Garcia, J.R., & Begley, R.O. (2015). Commentary: Art, Aesthetics, and Evolution.  ASEBL Journal, 11(2), 41-42.

Crosby, R. A., Graham, C.A., Mena, L., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., Milhausen, R. R., & Geter, A. (2015). Brief Report. Circumcision status is not associated with condom use and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among young Black MSM. AIDS & Behavior, doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1212.

Crosby, R. A., Mena, L. Yarber, W. L., Graham, C.A., Sanders, S. A., & Milhausen, R. R. (2015). Condom use errors and problems: A comparative study of HIV-positive versus HIV-negative young Black MSM. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 42 (11), 634-636. doi 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000356.

Garcia, J.R., Escasa-Dorne, M., Gesselman, A.N., & Gray, P.B. (2015). Individual differences in women’s salivary testosterone and estradiol following sexual activity in a non-laboratory setting.  International Journal of Sexual Health, 27(4):406-417.

Garcia, J.R. & Fisher, H.E. (2015). Why we hook up: Searching for sex or looking for love?. In S. Tarrant (Ed.),  Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century. New York: Routledge.

Garcia, J.R., Seibold-Simpson, S.M., Massey, S.G., & Merriwether, A.M. (2015). Casual sex: Integrating social, behavioral, and sexual health research. In J. DeLamater & R.F. Plante (Eds.),  Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Garfield, L., Giurgescu, C., Carter, C.S., Holditch-Davis, BL, McFarlin, BL (2015) Depressive symptoms in the second trimester relate to low oxytocin levels in African-American women: a pilot study  Archives of women's mental health 18 (1), 123-129.

Garfield, L., Holditch-Davis, D., Carter, C.S., McFarlin, B.L. Schwertz, D., Seng, J.S., Giurgescu, C., & White-Traut, R. 2015. Risk factors for postpartum depressive symptons in low-income women with very low-birth-weight infants.  Advances in Neonatal Care Feb:15(1):E 3-8. PMID: 25626986.

Gouin, J.P., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., & Carter, C.S. 2015. Changes in social functioning and circulating oxytocin and vasopressin following the migration to a new country.  Physiology and Behavior 139:67-72. PMID: 25446216.

Gray, P.B., Garcia, J.R., Crosier, B.S., & Fisher, H.E. (2015). Dating and sexual behavior among single parents of young children in the United States.  Journal of Sex Research, 52(2), 121-128.

Gray, P.B., Volsche, S.L., Garcia, J.R., & Fisher, H.E. (2015) The Roles of Pet Dogs and Cats in Human Courtship and Dating, Anthrozoös, 28:4, 673-683, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2015.1064216

Gray L, Garza E, Zageris D, Heilman KJ, Porges SW (2015). Sucrose and warmth is analgesic for healthy newborns: A randomized control trial. Pediatrics, 135: e607-e614.

Gregory, R., Cheng, H., Rupp, H.A., Sengelaub, D.R. and Heiman, J.R. 2015. Oxytocin increases VTA activation to infant and sex stimuli in nulliparous and postpartum women.  Hormones and Behavior. 69: 82-88.

Hill, B.J., Sanders, S.A., Crosby, R., Ingelhart, K.N., Janssen, E. (2015). Condom-associated erection problems (CAEP): Behavioral responses and attributions in young, heterosexual men.  Sexual Health. doi: 10.1071/SH14051.

Jankowiak, W. R., Volsche, S. L. and Garcia, J. R. (2015). Is the Romantic–Sexual Kiss a Near Human Universal?  American Anthropologist, 117: 535–539. doi:10.1111/aman.12286

Jonason, P.K., Garcia, J.R., Webster, G.D., Li, N.P., and Fisher, H.E. (2015). Relationship Dealbreakers: Traits People Avoid in Potential Mates.  Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Oct 7, 2015.  doi: 10.1177/0146167215609064

Kenkel, W.M., Yee, J.R., Porges, S.W., Ferris, C.F., Carter, C.S. 2015. Cardioacceleeration in alloparents in response to stimuli from prairie vole pups: The significance of thermoregulation.   Behavioural Brain Research  Epub 2015. Feb 23. PMID: 25721742.

Kruger, D.J., Fisher, M.L., Fitzgerald, C.J., Garcia, J.R., Geher, G., Guitar, A.E. (2015). Sexual and emotional aspects are distinct components of infidelity and unique predictors of anticipated distress.  Evolutionary Psychological Sciences, 1(1), 44-51.

Katie Lancaster, C. Sue Carter, Hossein Pournajafi-Nazarloo, Themistoclis Karaoli, Travis S. Lillard, Allison Jack, John M. Davis, James P. Morris, Jessica J. Connelly. 2015. Plasma oxytocin explains individual differences in neural substrates of social perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2015; 9. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00132

Lorenz, T.K., Demas, G.E, and Heiman, J.R. 2015. Interaction of menstrual cycle phase and sexual activity predicts mucosal and systemic humoral immunity in healthy women. Physiology of Behavior. 1;152(Pt A):92-8.  doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.09.018.

Lorenz, T.K, Heiman, J.R., and Demas, G.E. 2015. Sexual activity modulates shifts in TH1/TH2 cytokine profile across the menstrual cycle: an observational study.  Fertility and Sterility. S0015-0282(15)01885-3.  doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.09.001.

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Lorenz, T.K., Worthman, C.M., Vitzthum, V.J. (2015). Links among inflammation, sexual activity and ovulation: Evolutionary trade-offs and clinical implications.  Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/emph/eov029

Mark, K.P., Garcia, J.R., & Fisher, H.E. (2015). Emotional and sexual satisfaction across sexual relationship contexts: Gender and sexual orientation differences and similarities. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 24(2):120.

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Porges SW (2015). Making the world safe for our children: Down-regulating defence and up-regulating social engagement to ‘optimise’ the human experience. Children Australia, 40: 114-123.

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Porges SW, Peper E (2015). When saying no does not mean yes: Psychophysiological factors involved in date rape. Biofeedback, 43: 45-48.

Sanders, S., Hill, B.J., Janssen, E., Graham, C.A., Crosby, R.A., Milhausen, R.R., and Yarber, W.L. 2015. General Erectile Functioning among Young, Heterosexual Men Who Do and Do Not Report Condom-Associated Erection Problems (CAEP)  The Journal of Sexual MedicineDOI: 10.1111/jsm.12964

Stewart AM, Lewis GF, Yee JR, Kenkel WM, Davila M, Carter CS, Porges SW (2015).  Acoustic features of prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster) ultrasonic vocalizations covary with heart rate.  Physiology and Behavior, 138: 94-100.

Swartzendurber, A. Murray, S. H., Sales, J. M., Milhausen, R. R., Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., DiClemente, R. J., & Wingood, G. M. (2015). The influence of sexual arousability on partner communication mediators of condom use among African American female adolescents, Sexual Health, doi: 10.1071/SH15019. [Epub ahead of print]

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