Kyle Stephenson

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Professor Stephenson earned his B.S. in psychology from Santa Clara University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. He taught at St. Edward's University and California State University Monterey Bay before joining the faculty at Willamette in 2015. His teaching interests include clinical psychology, psychology of intimate relationships, statistics, and research methods. He conducts research in a number of related areas including the association between sexual experiences and overall quality of life, the definition and measurement of sexual well-being, and the evaluation of treatments for sexual dysfunction, relational distress, and anxiety. He also offers couple and individual therapy for relational distress, anxiety, and sexual dysfunction using cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based interventions.

Dr. Stephenson is the director of the Sexuality & Relationships Lab at Willamette. He is currently seeking research assistants who are interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology or related fields. If you are interested in getting involved, please e-mail him.

Representative publications

Stephenson, K. R. & Kerth, J. (2017). Effects of mindfulness-based therapies for female sexual dysfunction: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Sex Research, 54, 832-849.

 Stephenson, K. R. (2017). Mindfulness-based therapies for sexual dysfunction: A review of potential theory-based mechanisms of change. Mindfulness, 8, 527-543.

 Chivers, M. L., Basson, R., Brotto, L. A., Graham, C. A., Pollock, P., & Stephenson, K. R. (2017). Statistical and epistemological issues in the evaluation of treatment efficacy in pharmaceutical, psychological, and combination treatment for women’s sexual desire difficulties. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43, 210-217.

 Stephenson, K. R., Simpson, T., Martinez, M., & Kearney, D. (2017). The association between mindfulness and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms over the course of mindfulness-based stress reduction for veterans. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73, 201-217.

 Brotto, L. A., Basson, R., Chivers, M. L., Graham, C. A., Pollock, P., & Stephenson, K. R. (2017). Challenges in designing psychological treatment studies for sexual dysfunction. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43, 191-200.

 Stephenson, K. R., & Meston, C. M. (2016). Heterosexual women’s causal attributions regarding impairment in sexual function: Factor structure and associations with well-being. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45,1989-2002.

 Stephenson, K. R., Toorabally, N., Lyons, L., & Meston, C. M. (2016). Further validation of the Female Sexual Function Index: Specificity and associations with clinical interview data. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 42, 448-461.

Stephenson, K.R., & Meston, C.M. (2015). Why is impaired sexual function distressing for women? The primacy of pleasure in female sexual dysfunction. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 728-737.

Stephenson, K.R., & Meston, C.M. (2015). The conditional importance of sex: Exploring the association between sexual well-being and life satisfaction. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 41, 25-38.

Stephenson, K.R., Pulverman, C., & Meston, C.M. (2014). Assessing the association between childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual experiences in women with sexual difficulties.Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 274-282.

Stephenson, K.R., Rellini, A.H., & Meston, C.M. (2013). Relationship satisfaction as a predictor of treatment response during cognitive behavioral sex therapy. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 143-152.

Meston, C.M., Lorenz, T.K., & Stephenson, K.R. (2013). Effects of expressive writing on sexual dysfunction, depression, and PTSD in women with a history of childhood sexual abuse: Results from a randomized clinical trial. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10, 2177-2189.


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