The Constructivist Sexuality Team focuses on personal constructions of sexuality and
the meaning sexuality has for individuals and couples. Specifically we are interested
in the subjective and uniquely personal experiences of sexuality for individuals in
their social and relational contexts. As a team we focus on issues related to body
image, gender role, masculinity and femininity, and interpersonal competence as it
relates to experiences of and satisfaction with sexuality. While not specifically
focusing on sexual health concerns at this time, our research includes issues related
to STD and HIV prevention, contraceptive use, and sexual attitudes and knowledge.
Our current research project also includes issues of self esteem, ambivalent sexism,
relationship satisfaction, and self-objectification for both women and men.
Through all of our research we endeavor to consider the impact of diversity, culture,
and the media. As a culture we are inundated with images and messages about sexuality
and how one should be sexual, however rarely are these messages truly healthy or in
any way informative. Thus, an additional objective of our research is to disseminate
accurate, well-being focused, and positive messages about sexuality in all it's unique
Sara K. Bridges, Ph.D.
Linda Baggett, M.A.
Samantha Daniel, Ph.D.
Teresa Reeves, Ph.D.
Heather Dannison, M.A.
Kevin Powell, M.A.