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Marta Meana, Ph.D.

Dean
Honors College
Office: LLB 3279
Phone: 702-895-2263

Biography

Dr. Marta Meana joined the Psychology Department at UNLV in 1997 after completing a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University, a pre-doctoral internship at the University of California, San Diego, and a post-doctoral research fellowship in women's health at the University of Toronto. A renowned researcher in women's health and human sexuality, Dr. Meana has published two books and over 80 peer reviewed publications. With over 100 presentations at national and international conferences (many co-authored with students), Dr. Meana has also been an advisor to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th edition), Associate Editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, and Editor of Springer's Focus on Sexuality Research book series. She has been the recipient of UNLV's Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award and the College of Liberal Arts William Morris Award for Excellence in Scholarship. An accomplished mentor and teacher, Dr. Meana has also been awarded the UNLV Graduate Academic Advisor Award, William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching, UNLV Foundation Distinguished Teaching Award, and the state-wide Nevada Regents Teaching Award.

Research Interests

Marta Meana is interested in sexuality. She is particularly interested in women's sexual function, how it works, how it breaks down, and how it compares to male sexuality. Her work focuses on conceptualizations and mechanisms of sexual desire and on the sexual pain disorders. Also of interest is the study of factors that influence the cognitive processing of sexual information in both men and women. Her approach is informed by both essentialist and social construction perspectives and she subscribes to a biopsychosocial and systems approach to the study and theorizing of sexuality and to the treatment of sexual difficulties.

Dr. Meana obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal in 1996 and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Women's Health at the University of Toronto. She is President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, Associate Editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, serves of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Sex Research and Journal of Sexual Medicine, and she is an advisor to the DSM-5 Task Force on Sexual Disorders.

Selected Publications

Meana, M., Binik, Y. M. & Hall, E.T. (in press). Sex therapy in transition: Are we there yet?. In Y. M. Binik and K. Hall (Eds.), Principles and practice of sex therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Meana, M. & Steiner, E.T.* (in press). Hidden disorder/hidden desire: Presentations of low sexual desire in men. In Y. M. Binik and K. Hall (Eds.), Principles and practice of sex therapy. New York: Guilford Press.

Meana, M. (2012). Sexual dysfunction in women. Cambridge, MA: Hogrefe Press.

Meana, M., Oliver, T., & Jones, S. (2012). Assessment of sexual dysfunctions in Hispanic clients. In L. Benuto (Ed.), A guide to psychological assessment with Hispanics. New York: Springer.

Meana, M. & Jones S.* (2011). Developments and trends in sex therapy. In R. Balon (Ed.), Sexual dysfunction II: Beyond the brain-body connection (pp. 57-71). Basel: Karger Press.

Meana, M. & Binik, Y.M. (2011). Dyspareunia: Causes and treatments. In P.Vercellini (Ed.), Chronic Pelvic Pain. (pp. 125-136). New York: Wiley-Blackwell.

Vercellini, P., Meana, M., Hummelshoj, L., Somigliana, E., Vigano, P., & Fedele, L. (2011). Priorities in endometriosis research: A proposed focus on deep dyspareunia. Reproductive Science, 18, 114-18.

Donaldson, R.*, & Meana, M. (2011). Early dyspareunia experience in young women: Confusion, consequences, and help-seeking barriers. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8, 814-823.

Lykins, A.*, Meana, M., & Minimi, J.* (2011). Visual attention to erotic images in women reporting pain with intercourse. Journal of Sex Research, 48,43-52.

Pukall, C. & Meana, M., Fernandez, Y. (2010). Sexual dysfunctions and deviations. In D. L. Segal & M. Hersen (Eds.), Diagnostic Interviewing, 4th ed. (pp. 283-314). New York: Springer.

Meana, M. (2010). When love and sex go wrong: Helping couples in distress. In S. Levine (Ed.), Handbook of clinical sexuality for mental health professionals, 2nd ed. (pp 103-120). Philadelphia: Brunner/Routledge.

Bergeron, S., Meana, M., Binik, Y. M., Khalife, S. (2010). Painful sex. In S. Levine (Ed.), Handbook of clinical sexuality for mental health professionals, 2nd ed.. (pp. 193-214). Philadelphia: Brunner/Routledge.

Sims, K.* & Meana. M. (2010). Why did passion wane? A qualitative study of married women's attributions for declines in desire. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 36, 360-380.

Meana, M. (2010). Elucidating women’s (hetero)sexual desire: Definitional challenges and content expansion. Journal of Sex Research, 47, 104-122.