Current Graduate Students

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Bridget Freihart, M.S.W.
Graduate student

E-mail: bfreihart@utexas.edu
Curriculum Vita 
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Bridget Freihart was born and raised in Northern New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology from New York University and a Master’s degree in Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Since entering the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory in Fall 2017, she has focused on examining dyadic predictors of sexual satisfaction as well as developing and validating psychometric tools within the field of sexuality. Most recently she has taken a dyadic psychophysiological approach to studying sexual satisfaction, and has investigated the role of physiological linkage in couple-level experiences of sexual well-being.

In her free time, Bridget enjoys singing and playing piano, crafting elaborate cheese plates, and talking about the Rolling Stones.

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Courtney Crosby, M.A.
Graduate student

E-mail: clcrosby@utexas.edu
Curriculum Vita 
[PDF]

Courtney was born and raised in central Texas. She holds both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin. She entered the Sexual Psychophysiology and Evolutionary Psychology Laboratories in the fall of 2017. Courtney’s research focuses on studying the role of evolutionary theory on the behavioral correlates of human sexuality. Specifically, her research focuses on studying individual differences in sexual disgust and the influence of sexual arousal on an array of psychological outcomes.

Courtney hopes to use her research to educate public policy about the theoretical framework of evolution, and the importance of sex education more broadly.

Courtney’s other interests include yoga, trying new restaurants, playing with her dog, visiting coffee shops, and traveling.

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Mackenzie Sears, B.A.
Graduate student

E-mail: mackenzie.sears@utexas.edu

Curriculum Vita [PDF]

Mackenzie Sears was born and raised in Houston, Texas. She completed her Bachelors degree at the University of Texas at Austin with a major in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. During her time as an undergraduate student, she worked as a research assistant in the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory and The Lifespan Development Laboratory. She also completed an undergraduate thesis evaluating the role of shared environmental influences on depression in child and adolescent twin pairs.

Mackenzie joined the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory as a graduate student in the Fall of 2019. She primarily researches sexual functioning and satisfaction within romantic relationships. More specifically, her current research evaluates relationship satisfaction and sexual intimacy in couples who have been impacted by sexual trauma or nonconsensual sexual
experiences.

When Mackenzie is not in the lab, she enjoys trying new restaurants in Austin, cooking, traveling, and having game nights with her friends.

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Leah N McMahon, B. A.

Leah McMahon was raised in San Antonio, Texas. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin. Upon graduating, she moved to Gainesville, Florida to research digital interventions for sexual health at the University of Florida’s Department of Health Education and Behavior. She entered the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory as a graduate student in the fall of 2021. Leah’s current research aims to understand and ameliorate low sexual desire among women in long-term, committed relationships.

Outside of the lab, she enjoys making jewelry, learning new languages, and riding her bike.

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