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Marta Meana, Ph.D.



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 and chapters. 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 is the recipient of the Nevada Psychological Association’s James Mikawa Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Psychology, UNLV's Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award, the College of Liberal Arts William Morris Award for Excellence in Scholarship and she is a Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study. 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 was President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, Associate Editor of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, served of on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Sex Research and Journal of Sexual Medicine, and she was an advisor to the DSM-5 Task Force on Sexual Disorders.