Cindy M Meston

Associate FacultyPh.D., University of British Columbia

Cindy M Meston



Cindy Meston is a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1995 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Sexual and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Washington, School of Medicine in 1996. She was awarded a fellowship from the Social Science Research Council, Ford Foundation, NY from 1996-1998 to study the cognitive processes that mediate the relationship between early childhood sexual abuse and later adult sexual dysfunction. Since being hired at the University of Texas in 1998, she received the Athena Institute of Women's Wellness Award to examine the effects of hysterectomy on sexual arousal processes, a five year grant from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) to study the effects of gingko biloba on women's sexual arousal, and a five year grant from the National Institute of Child Health Development (NICHD) to conduct a treatment outcome study for women with sexual dysfunction who have a history of childhood sexual abuse. She is the Past President of the International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, and has been an active member of the IASR since 1996. She is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Sexual Medicine and serves on the Editorial Boards of Archives of Sexual Behavior, the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, and the Journal of Impotence Research. She has published over 70 peer reviewed articles and 23 book chapters on women's sexual function. For information on her current research, see:

Selected Publications:

Meston, C. M. (2006). The effects of state and trait self-focused attention on sexual arousal in sexually functional and dysfunctional women. Behavior Research and Therapy, 44, 515-532.

Meston, C. M., Rellini, A. H., & Heiman, J. R. (2006). Women's history of sexual abuse, their sexuality, and sexual self-schemas.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 229-236.

Bradford, A. & Meston, C. M. (2006). The impact of anxiety on sexual arousal in women. Behavior Research and Therapy, 44, 1067-1077.

McCall, K. M., & Meston, C. M. (2006). Cues resulting in desire for sexual activity in women, Journal of Sexual Medicine, 3, 838-852.

Rellini, A., & Meston, C. M. (2006). Physiological sexual arousal in women with a history of child sexual abuse. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 32, 5-22.

Meston, C. M., & Buss, D. (2007). Why humans have sex. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 477-507.

McCall, K. M., Rellini, A. H., Seal, B., & Meston, C. M. (2007). Sex differences in memory for sexually relevant information. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 508-517.

Meston, C. M., Rellini, A. H., & Telch, M. (2007). Short-term and long-term effects of Gingko Biloba Extract on sexual dysfunction in women. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Meston, C. M., & O'Sullivan, L. (2007). Such a tease: Intentional sexual provocation within heterosexual interactions. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 531-542.

Farmer, M. & Meston, C. M. (2007). Predictors of genital pain in young women.  Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Rellini, A., & Meston, C. M. (2007). Sexual desire and linguistic analysis: A comparison of sexually abused and non-abused women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36. 67-77.

McCall, K. M., & Meston, C. M. (2007). The effects of false positive and false negative physiological feedback on sexual arousal: A comparison of women with or without sexual arousal disorder. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 518-530.

Seal, B. N., & Meston, C. M. (In press). The impact of body awareness on sexual arousal in women with sexual dysfunction. Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Bradford, A., & Meston, C. M. (In press). Correlates of placebo response in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in women: A preliminary report. Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Harte, C., & Meston, C. M. (In press). Acute effects of nicotine on physiological and subjective sexual arousal in nonsmoking men: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial.  Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Hamilton, L. D., Fogle, E., & Meston, C. M. (In press). The role of testosterone and alpha- amylase in exercise-induced sexual arousal in women. Journal of Sexual Medicine.


Why Women Have Sex

Why Women Have Sex


Cindy Meston, David M. Buss

Why Women Have Sex
December 2010
St. Martin's Press


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