Hi Reddit! We are sexual health and sexuality researchers Dr. Lori Brotto, Silvain Dang, and Natalie Brown from UBC Sexual Health Research out of The University of British Columbia. Ask Us Anything about sex research!
Hi everyone! We're Dr. Lori Brotto and her graduate students Silvain Dang, MA, and Natalie Brown, MA, from UBC Sexual Health Research out of The University of British Columbia. Our research covers topics ranging from mindfulness and sexual health, to cultural differences in sexual response, to asexuality, to sexual dysfunctions, and now to COVID-19 and sex, and more! We're very excited to be here with you all today to answer your questions about our research, and sexual health and sexuality in general! A little more about us and our research...
Dr. Lori Brotto is a Professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, Canada. She is the Executive Director of the Women's Health Research Institute of BC located at BC Women’s Hospital. Dr. Brotto holds a Canada Research Chair in Women's Sexual Health. She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on developing and testing psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal difficulties and women with chronic genital pain. Dr. Brotto is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, has >170 peer-reviewed publications, and is frequently featured in the media on topics related to sexuality. Her book, Better Sex Through Mindfulness: How Women Can Cultivate Desire (2018) is a trade book of her research demonstrating the benefits of mindfulness for women’s sexual concerns. Proof: https://imgur.com/a/dnRmcES
Silvain Dang is a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. He completed his Master of Arts in clinical psychology from UBC in 2014. His specialization is in sexuality, culture, and perfectionism. He also has a research background in behavioural neuroscience. He practices interpersonal, psychodynamic, and cognitive-behavioural approaches to psychotherapy. Proof: https://imgur.com/a/6TUL6NI
Natalie Brown is a PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program, working under the supervision of Drs. Lori Brotto and Alan Kingstone. She completed her MA in Clinical Psychology at UBC, and her thesis explored the cognitive mechanisms underlying sexual attraction and desire, with a specific focus on asexuality and Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder. She is also involved with IMMERSIVE, a study investigating women's subjective sexual responses to virtual reality (VR) erotica, and she plans to evaluate VR as a clinical tool for the treatment of genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (GPPPD) in her PhD. Natalie is also one of the coordinators of the COVERS study, which investigates the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 related social changes on sexual and reproductive health. Overall, her research program aims to improve our understanding of sexual difficulties and develop evidence-based interventions for individuals with distressing sexual concerns. Proof: https://imgur.com/a/AEhFOdX
If you'd like to read more about our research and our publications, or see some of our research featured in the media, you can check us out at brottolab.com
EDIT: And we're done! We'll try to get to a few last questions here, but we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to engage with us about sexual health! If you want to find out more about us, please go to our website at www.brottolab.com, or follow us on social media @UBCSHR