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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 five main areas:

1. Interventions to improve uptake of, and experiences of, condom use
2. Sexual health in older adults
3. Innovative sex education interventions for adolescents
4. Sexual problems in women
5. 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; older adults’ sexual health; behavioural interventions to improve uptake of condom use.

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:

  • Dr. Anastasia Eleftheriou, Technologos Research and Innovation Services
  • 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 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
  • Professor Katherine Brown, University of Hertfordshire
  • Dr Katie Newby, University of Hertfordshire
  • Dr Tom Nadarzynski, University of Westminster
  • Professor Aleksandar Štulhofer, University of Zagreb

Research project(s)

Assessing acceptability, utilisation and disclosure of health Information to an automated chatbot for advice about sexually Transmitted infections in minoritisED ethnic populations (AUDITED) (NIHR Project) (2021-2023)

Evaluating the Home-based Intervention Strategy (HIS-UK) to reduce new Chlamydia infection among young men aged 16-25 years by promoting correct and consistent condom use: What is the cost effectiveness of two different delivery models (face-to-face and digital delivery)? (NIHR project) (2019-2023)

Innovative educational intervention for safe sexual and reproductive health. (Strategic partnerships for youth, Erasmus+ project) (2020-2023)

Marital Quality, Sexual Behavior and Reproductive Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic (Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team project) (2020-2022)

Feasibility study of the Home-based Exercises for Responsible Sex (HERS) intervention to promote correct and consistent condom use among young women (Medical Research Council project) (2018-2020)

Healthy sexual ageing – A mixed method study of sexual problems and well-being in older adults across Europe (Norwegian Research Council) (2016-2019)

Research group

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

Affiliate research group

Centre for Sexual Health Research (CSHR)

Research project(s)

Evaluation of HIS-UK

Randomised controlled superiority trial with three-parallel groups (two intervention and one control arm, 1:1:1 allocation), with an internal pilot, to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a behavioural intervention to reduce Chlamydia infection among men aged 16-25 years.  

Safe4Play: Innovative educational intervention for safer sexual and reproductive health

Sexual and reproductive health education is one of the objectives of EU Action Plan for Sexual and Reproductive Health dedicated to the need to establish and strengthen formal and informal evidence-informed comprehensive sex education pointing to the development of competency training and aids for teachers, educators and health professionals.

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
Senior Research Fellow, The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University
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
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