Sexual health is an important part of identity, overall health, and wellbeing across the lifespan. Our goal is to better understand physical, cognitive, attitudinal, and psychological sexual health during adolescence and the transition to adulthood. Our lab group, Developmental Aspects of Sexual Health (DASH) is committed to understanding the processes of developing healthy sexuality. Under the guidance of Eva S. Lefkowitz, Ph.D., we've recently been exploring topics such as sexual esteem, longitudinal trajectories of sexual behaviors, romantic relationship-context specific sexual behaviors, religiosity and body image, peer communication about sex, as well as parental contributions to adult children's sexual behavior. We use a range of methodological techniques, from growth curve modeling to latent cluster analysis, to better understand sexual health at these formative periods of development.
What we've been up to:
11/8/14: Megan, Rose, and Emily are representing our group well with presentations at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality in Omaha.
11/7/14: How Gendered Attitudes Relate to Women's and Men's Sexual Behaviors and Beliefs by Eva Lefkowitz, Cindy Shearer, Meghan Gillen, and Graciela Espinosa-Hernandez is now published in Sexuality and Culture.
9/12/14: Megan and Eva's paper on sexual esteem, based on Megan's masters thesis, is now available online Journal of Sex Research. Find it here.
8/6/14: Eva's paper on predictors of HPV vaccination (based on Kate Kelly's honors thesis and co-authored by Sara and Jennifer Maggs), is now published in Women and Health. Find it here.
7/2/14: Kelly Cichy, former advisee of Eva, was recently tenured and is now an associate professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Kent State. Congratulations Kelly!
7/1/14: Rose is officially a Prevention & Methodology pre-doctoral fellow!
6/24/14: Eva and Sara's edited issue of New Directions in Child and Adolescent Development, Positive and Negative Outcomes of Sexual Behaviors is now in print. It includes 2 chapters by Eva and Sara, as well as excellent contributions by Elizabeth Morgan, Lucia O'Sullivan, Wendy Manning and colleagues, and Dennis Fortenberry.
6/19/14: Sara and Eva's paper, Changes in religiosity after first intercourse in the transition to adulthood, is now in press at Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.
5/7/14: Congratulations to Rose for successfully defending and filing her masters thesis this semester.
4/4/14: Daily Associations Between Drinking and Sex Among College Students: A Longitudinal Measurement Burst Design, by Megan Patrick, Jennifer Maggs, and Eva, is now available in early view through Journal of Research on Adolescence.
3/23/14: We returned from an intellectually stimulating (and warm!) Society for Research on Adolescence conference in Austin, where many of us presented our research, and where current and former students got together for dinner at Taverna
3/1/14: Congratulations to Emily, who will be supported by the Karl Freeman Peterson Graduate Fellowship for 3 semesters.
2/27/14: Congratulations to Chelom, whose paper with Brian Willoughby, Associations Between Attempts at Physical Intimacy and Relational Outcomes Among Cohabiting and Married Couples, is now in press at Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.
2/24/14: Eva just gave a talk at Ohio State. She enjoyed seeing faculty there who are former HDFS students (Claire Kamp-Dush, Tasha Snyder, and Jen Wong).
12/27/13: Congratulations to Tanya Boone-Holladay, former lab member and Eva's FIRST grad student, who is now chair of the psychology department at Cal State University, Bakersfield!
12/20/13: Congratulations to Megan and Emily, who will be presenting first authored posters at the Society for Research on Adolescence in Austin in March. Eva and Sara also are both chairs/first authors and/or discussants on SRA symposia.
12/5/13: Congratulations to Megan for successfully defending and filing her masters thesis!
11/12/13: Sara, Derek, and Eva's dyadic paper is now online on the JRA website. Partners influence each others' contraceptive attitudes & use,
particularly boys --> girls.
10/9/13: Eva, Rose and Emily are headed to Chicago to present research at the 6th annual Conference on Emerging Adulthood!
8/1/13: Megan is officially a Prevention & Methodology pre-doctoral fellow!
7/1/13: Eva is officially on a much-deserved sabbatical! She is missed here in State College, but enjoying life in Boston!