Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MySexProfessor.com. She is also the author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction and the Associate Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Indiana University (IU) where she is a Research Scientist (read about her research on the Center’s site). In addition, Dr. Herbenick is a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction where she writes and hosts audio podcasts of the Kinsey Confidential column and coordinates educational programming.

Dr. Herbenick has a PhD in Health Behavior from IU, a Master’s degree in Public Health Education (also from IU) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, she is certified as a Sexuality Educator from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Dr. Herbenick is also a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health and the International Academy of Sex Research.

As a writer, she has authored or co-authored a number of scientific publications on the topics of women’s sexual function, men’s sexuality, sexual enhancement products (e.g., vibrators, lubricants), sexual pleasure, cancer and sexuality, sex education, and other topics. These have appeared in publications such as the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Sexual & Relationship Therapy, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Sex Research, Sexual Health, the International Journal of Sexual Health, the American Journal of Sexuality Education, International Journal of STD & AIDS, Sex Education, Cancer Nursing, and Sexually Transmitted Infections.  Her first book, Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction, was published by Rodale in August 2009 and is available in bookstores throughout the US and Canada, as well as through online retailers (Amazon, Powells, B&N, Borders, etc). Together with a colleague, Debby is currently working on her second book (to be published in 2011) and she has a few other book ideas that she hopes to see come to fruition sooner rather than later.

As an educator, Dr. Herbenick has taught undergraduate and graduate level human sexuality classes to more than a thousand students and lectures on a range of topics including sexual development, sexual enhancement, women’s sexual function and adult sex education. In addition, Debby writes regular sex columns for Men’s Health magazine, Time Out Chicago magazine, Velocity, Cheeky Chicago , Psychology Today and she has also written for Glamour magazine and for Gizmodo, for whom she sometimes writes about the intersections of sex and technology.

Dr. Herbenick is frequently invited to guest lecture in college classes and to speak to large groups at universities throughout the United States. She has also been invited to speak for a range of community groups and conferences and has provided sexuality education talks to children, college students, young adults and older adults on a range of topics. For a sense of Dr. Herbenick’s public speaking, check out this Huffington Post article about her talk at the 2010 National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ annual meeting.  Additionally, she has provided expert opinion about sex and relationships for writers and producers of print, online and broadcast media including the Today Show, Tyra, Discovery Health, the New York Times, Sirius Satellite Radio, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry (WNYC), Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb (WHYY), San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Marie Clare, Men’s Health, Elle, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health, Glamour, Essence, SELF, Shape, Cosmo (US), Cosmo (UK), Maximum Fitness, Ladies Home Journal, WebMD, The Nest, The Daily Beast, AOL Health, Your Tango, BellaSugar.com, and The Guardian (UK), among others.

Finally, Dr. Herbenick has consulted for a range of corporations and organizations on issues related to condoms, lubricants, sexual enhancement products, vibrators/sex toys, menstrual products, hair removal methods, sexual behavior, menopause, gynecological care, vaginal moisturizers, sexuality education, contraception, and other sexual health products and services. She has provided consultation related to consumer health and behavior, product design, product concepts, consumer use, package inserts/instructions, and consumer messaging.

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