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Research in Ecuador

This Spring and Summer, we were joined by Monse Jerves and Silvia López from the Universidad de Cuenca in Ecuador.

They are working on their dissertation projects under guidance of Dr. Paul Enzlin and supported by a collaborative program between Flanders and Ecuador.

International collaborators

We enjoyed the company of several esteemed colleagues who honored us with visits over the course of the semester. Among them were Dr. Aleksandar Stulhofer from Croatia, Dr. Sophie Bergeron from Canada, and Dr. Eshkol Rafaeli from Israel.

Dissertation on Dyspareunia

IFSS researcher Els Pazmany successfully defended her dissertation on dyspareunia.

Dr. Pazmany studied the role of cognitive-affective and interpersonal factors in the experience of dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse) in premenopausal women. She also explored underlying brain mechanisms using fMRI methods.You can find a summary of her findings here.

Spring Semester

The semester has come to an end for the students in our IFSS Master Program.

Classes offered included clinical sexology; sexual pedagogy; laws on sex/gender, sexuality, and reproduction; methods in sex research; gynecological aspects of sexuality and reproduction; relationship and family therapy (and case studies and practicum); diagnosis and treatment of sexual problems and disorders, and bioethics.

Dissertation on Sexual Distress

IFSS researcher Lies Hendrickx successfully defended her dissertation on sexual distress.

Dr. Hendrickx studied, in a representative  sample of Flemish men and women, the prevalence rates of sexual difficulties, sexual dysfunctions, and the experience of sexual distress. In addition, she examined the importance of various intra- and interpersonal factors in the prediction of sexual distress in women. You can find a summary of Dr. Hendrickx' findings here.

New IFSS Faculty Member

IFSS and the Department of Neurosciences welcome Erick Janssen to its faculty.

Prof. Dr. Janssen, who received his Ph.D. at the University of Amsterdam, brings many years of teaching and research experience to the Institute. He comes to Leuven from the USA, where he lived and worked for almost two decades and was Senior Scientist and Director of Education and Research Training at the famous Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.

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New Publications

Gadassi, R., Bar-Nahum, L.E., Newhouse, S., Anderson, R., Heiman, J.R., Rafaeli, E., Janssen, E. (2015). Perceived partner responsiveness mediates the association between sexual and marital satisfaction: A daily diary study in newlywed couples. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Hendrickx, L., Gijs, L., Enzlin, P. (2014). Age-related prevalence rates of sexual dififculties, sexual dysfunctions and sexual distress in heterosexual women: Results from an online survey in Flanders. Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Pazmany, E., Bergeron, S., Verhaeghe, J., Van Oudenhove, L. and Enzlin, P. (2014). Dyadic sexual communication in pre-menopausal women with self-reported dyspareunia and their partners: Associations with sexual function, sexual distress and dyadic adjustment. Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Samson, L. & Janssen, E. (2014). Introducing a software-based method to assess and manipulate visual attention: Feasibility and initial validation. Communication Methods and Measures.