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Professor Cynthia Graham BA, MAppSci, PhD

Professor in Sexual and Reproductive Health

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Professor Cynthia Graham is a Professor in Sexual and Reproductive Health within Psychology at the University of Southampton.

PhD McGill University

M App Sci University of Glasgow

BA University of Stirling

Diplôme d’Etudes Collegiales John Abbott College

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society

Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

Registered Health Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, Health and Care Professions Council

Fellow, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

Previous Appointments


Research interests

My research interests are in the areas of sexual and reproductive health. My current research focuses on four main areas:

  1. The behavioural effects of hormonal contraceptives
  2. The relevance of sexual excitation and sexual inhibition to sexual health
  3. Sexual problems in women
  4. Condom use errors and problems

I have published articles on the following topics: the relationship between the menstrual cycle and changes in mood and sexuality; menstrual synchrony; methodological issues in recall data on sexual behavior, gender differences in sexuality; the relationship between mood and sexuality; sexual arousal in women, contraception and sexuality, asexuality, microbicides; and intimate partner violence.

I am a member of the Condom Use Research Team (CURT), a multidisciplinary research team involving The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP), and researchers from Canada and the U.S.

Current collaborations:

  • Professor Richard Crosby (College of Public Health, University of Kentucky)
  • Dr Robin Milhausen (Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph)
  • Professor Stephanie Sanders (The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction, and Department of Gender Studies, Indiana University)
  • Professor William Yarber (Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University and the Rural Center for AIDS/STD prevention)
  • Professor BenteTræen, Department of Psychology, University of Oslo
  • Dr Katherine Brown,Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR), Coventry University
  • Dr Katie Newby, Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research (CTEHR), Coventry University

Research group

Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)

Affiliate research group

Centre for Sexual Health Research (CSHR)

Research project(s)

Sexuality education and sexual health literacy

The variety of levels and range of sources from which knowledge and attitudes to sex and sexuality are constructed and shaped

Placebo effects and informed consent

Sexual wellbeing, functioning, arousal and pleasure

Projects investigating sexual agency

Contraceptive utilisation, condom use and STI prevention

There are many different forms of female contraception available, yet the condom is the only method that also protects men and women from sexually transmitted infections.

Deputy Head of Psychology (Research)
Co-Director, Centre for Clinical and Community Applications of Health Psychology (CCCAHP)
Editor-in-Chief, The Journal of Sex Research
Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction
Research Fellow, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention, Indiana University
International Editor, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
Chair, Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences Ethics Committee

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Book Chapters


  • Tiefer, L., Rosen, R., Giami, A., Popay, J., Graham, C. A., & Sanders, S. (2004). Qualitative health research and sexual dysfunction. In T. F. Lue, R. Basson, R. Rosen, F. Guiliano, S. Khoury, & F. Montorsi (Eds.), Sexual medicine: Sexual dysfunctions in men and women (pp. 163-170). Health Productions.


I am co-convenor (with Prof. Roger Ingham) of Social and Psychological Approaches to understanding Sexual Health (PSYC 3015).

I also teach on the following modules: PSYC6002 (Psychology and the Delivery of Health Care), PSYC2026 (Introduction to Health Psychology).


Professor Cynthia Graham
Building 44 Highfield Campus University of Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 44/3073

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