Penelope Frohlich, Ph. D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Penny completed her undergraduate work in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and entered the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at UT Austin in 1998. Throughout her graduate career she worked as a Lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin and Concordia University at Austin, and published eight peer reviewed articles and chapters on sexuality. She acquired her M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2001 and completed her predoctoral internship at the Audie L. Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio where she counseled male and female veterans with depression, anxiety, spinal cord injuries, sexual and combat-related post traumatic stress disorder, and sexual dysfunction. She acquired her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003.
Currently, Penny is a clinical psychologist practicing in the Austin area, offering individual psychotherapy, couples therapy, and sex therapy to adult clients. Her primary areas of expertise include Depression, Anxiety, Addiction/Recovery, Trauma, Relationship issues, and Sexual Dysfunction.
Alessandra Rellini, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, The University of Vermont
Ale acquired her B.A. in Psychology from Whittier College in California in 1997, and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in Alameda, California. She entered the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin in 2001. Alessandra has recently completed her predoctoral internship at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital/Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven Connecticut, and acquired her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007.
Ale is an associate professor at the University of Vermont as an Assistant Professor of Psychology within the Clinical Psychology area. Her primary research interest is the psychophysiology and treatment of sexual dysfunction in a variety of populations. She is also interested in cultural differences in sexual function, cognitive processes and sexual function, as well as methodological issues of clinical trials for sexual medicine. Currently, the focus of her lab is the sexual problems of survivors of childhood sexual abuse (CSA). She is working on the development and testing of psychological interventions to help CSA survivors with sexual problems to improve their intimate relationships and their ability to develop.
Katie McCall, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Katie received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and joined the Meston lab as a doctoral student in the clinical psychology in 2001. Her dissertation focused on examining sexual schemas in women utilizing both qualitative and quantitative approaches and was funded by the Social Science Research Council of the Ford Foundation. Katie completed her pre-doctoral internship as well as a 2 year postdoctoral fellowship prior to accepting a position as a staff psychologist at the Portland VA Medical Center. Additionally, Katie served as the Local Evidence Based Psychotherapy Coordinator for the Portland VAMC and was a member of PVAMC’s Training Committee for psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows.
Currently, Katie is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience providing individual psychotherapy to adults, late adolescents, and seniors. She also has expertise in neuropsychology and provides a broad range of assessments to individuals with psychological or cognitive concerns.
Annie Bradford, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Annie first joined the lab in 1999 as an undergraduate research assistant. She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and returned to the lab in 2002 as a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. Her dissertation focused on placebo response in the treatment of women’s sexual dysfunction. Annie completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine prior to accepting a faculty position at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Currently, her interests include integrated mental health care and management of sexual and reproductive health related problems in women with cancer.
Brooke Seal, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of The Fraser Valley
Brooke was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She graduated with a B.A. in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2002 and received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in the summer of 2009. Brooke specialized in dialectical behaviour therapy as a post-doctoral clinical fellow at the DBT Centre of Vancouver from 2009-2010. She recently accepted a full-time faculty position in clinical psychology at the University of the The Fraser Valley. She is also continuing her work as a therapist and researcher with the Vancouver General Hospital Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program
Her research interests have included the role of self-awareness in sexual functioning, the relationship between body image and sexuality, and, recently, the impact of cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness psychoeducational sessions on anxiety and sexual pain. She has presented her research at conferences worldwide and has published several research articles in the areas of sexual function and dysfunction.
Lisa Dawn Hamilton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Mount Allison University
Lisa Dawn was born and raised just outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. She graduated from Simon Fraser University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2005, and shortly thereafter entered the behavioral neuroscience doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin.
Lisa Dawn’s research interests are with respect to the connection between hormones and sexual behavior. She is currently focused on two distinct research tracks: 1) the relationship between environmental/behavioral influences and hormones and how the two interact to affect sexual behavior. In particular, the effects of stress on various hormonal, physiological, and behavioral outcomes; and 2) The neural correlates of monogamy and non-monogamy via fMRI technologies.
In her free time, Lisa Dawn tries to visit beautiful British Columbia as much as possible to spend time with her family. She also is involved in sexual health education.
Christopher Harte, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine
Chris acquired his B.A. in psychology from Tufts University in 2002, and received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. He completed his predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the VA Boston Healthcare System.
Chris is currently a licensed psychologist in private practice in the Greater Boston area. He specializes in evidence-based psychological interventions for health conditions such as sexual dysfunction, insomnia, weight difficulties, nicotine dependence, and chronic pain. Chris is also an expert in the delivery of empirically-supported psychological treatments for mood, anxiety, and traumatic stress disorders. He helps many clients who struggle with issues such as worry, phobias, panic attacks, obsessions and compulsions, PTSD, depression, and adjustment difficulties.
Chris remains active in research and he is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. He has been awarded several research grants, including funding from the National Institutes of Health, to study interventions for effective health behavioral change.
Tierney Lorenz, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Tierney graduated from Duke University in 2006 with a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Japanese. While at Duke, she worked in the lab of Dr. Timothy Strauman, studying treatment matching and also in Barnard College’s Affect and Relationship lab, under Dr. Eshkol Rafaeli, studying the interaction of romantic couple’s communication and social support. She entered the University of Texas at Austin clinical psychology doctoral program in 2006. She achieved her Masters degree in 2008 with a thesis investigating the effects of side effect education on sexual effects of antidepressants.
Tierney’s research focuses on sexual function and pleasure in women with mental illness, particularly with mood and anxiety disorders. Her current research involves two tracks: (1) developing and evaluating behavioral and cognitive interventions for sexual side effects of antidepressants, and (2) the interaction of depression and women’s sexual health. She has additionally published on the impact of childhood sexual abuse on adult sexual function, psychophysiological models of vaginal arousal, and the influence of acculturation and religiosity on sexual attitudes and behavior. In all of her research, she aims to study how the psychological aspects of sexuality affect people’s physiological functioning, and vice versa. She is the Principal Investigator on the SHAPE study, which is supported by the National Institutes of Mental Health.
Clinically, Tierney has been a student member of the PTSD Clinical Team at the Central Texas Veterans’ Administration, specializing in work with survivors of trauma, particularly sexual trauma. She completed her internship in behavioral medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
In her free time, Tierney likes to volunteer for social action and justice initiatives, particularly teaching comprehensive sex ed through the OWL (Our Whole Lives) program. She also enjoys reading webcomics, cooking and baking, and trail running.
Yasisca Pujols, Ph.D.
Veterans Justice Outreach Psychologist, Valley Coastal Bend VA
Yasisca was born in New York City and was raised in the suburbs of Houston, Texas. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Texas at Austin and acquired two B.A. degrees; one in studio art (2003) and the second in psychology (2007). From 2005 – 2007 she has worked as a research assistant in the Sexual Psychophysiological Laboratory where she has studied the effects of body image on sexual arousal in women. Yasisca began her graduate training within the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin in the fall of 2007.
Yasisca’s research interests include: 1) body image and sexual arousal; 2) monogamy and sex behavior patterns; and 3) examining performance anxiety among individuals with erectile problems. Her work has been presented at several conferences, including the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research. Her graduate research was divided between the Sexual Psychophysiological Laboratory and the Laboratory for the Study of Anxiety Disorders. She completed her internship at the Central Texas Veteran’s Administration.
When not working, Yasisca enjoys mountain biking in the hills of Austin, tending to her potted plants, and dancing.
Kyle Stephenson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon
Kyle was born and raised in Santa Clara, California and graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.S. in Psychology. He worked in the departments of psychology and psychiatry at Stanford University before entering the University of Texas at Austin clinical psychology doctoral program in 2008. Kyle completed his psychology internship at the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, WA and is currently an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon.
Kyle’s primary line of research explores the structure and determinants of subjective sexual well-being. He has conducted a series of studies examining the reasons why, and the circumstances in which, impaired sexual function is associated with subjective distress. He is also involved in research on the link between psychological trauma, sexual dysfunction, and PTSD. His current projects explore the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions for sexual dysfunction and PTSD. His work has been published in a number of peer-reviewed international journals including the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Archives of Sexual Behavior, the Journal of Traumatic Stress, Child Abuse & Neglect, and the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy.
Clinically, Kyle has specialized in the treatment of anxiety disorders, relational distress, and sexual dysfunction. He has received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy, and Emotion Focused Couples Therapy.
Kyle’s first love is music and in his free time he can be found playing his drums, out at a venue, or searching for new additions to his top-ten, all-time, desert island list of albums.