Debra Herbenick

Associate Research Scientist
Applied Health Science

debby@indiana.edu
(812) 855-0364
8th Street House

Education
  • Indiana University, Ph.D., 2007
  • Indiana University, M.P.H., 2003
  • University of Maryland, B.A., 1998
Courses
  • F255 Human Sexuality
  • H340/540 Practicum in College Sex Education
  • H494 Research and Evaluation Methods in Health and Safety
  • C505 Foundations and Leadership in Public Health
Background
Academic Affiliations:     Sexual Health Educator and Affiliated Faculty, The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, Indiana University
Awards:
  • 2004 - William L. Yarber Fellowship in Sexual Health, Department of Applied Health Science, Indiana University
  • 2003-2004 - School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Fellowship. Indiana University.
Research Interests
Dr. Herbenick's primary areas of interest relate to women's sexual health, behavioral and psychosocial factors related to the use and sexual enhancement products, sexual pleasure and enjoyment, condom use, and male and female sexual function. For details of this work, please visit the web site of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion where her work is situated.
Selected Publications

Herbenick, D., Schick, V., Reece, M., Sanders, S., Dodge, B., Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

The Female Genital Self-Image Scale (FGSIS): results from a nationally representative probability sample of women in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Rosenberger, J. G., Schick, V., Herbenick, D., Novak, D.S., & Reece, M. (in press).

Sex toy use by gay and bisexual men: a national study of men in the United States. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Hensel, D., Sanders, S., Jozkowski, K. (In press).

Association of lubricant use with women's sexual pleasure, sexual satisfaction and genital symptoms: a prospective daily diary study. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Schick, V., Sanders, S.A., Dodge, B., & Fortenberry, J.D. (in press).

Background and considerations on the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB) from the investigators. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Schick, V., Sanders, S., Dodge, B., Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

Sexual behavior in the United States: Results from a national probability sample of males and females ages 14-94. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Schick, V., Sanders, S., Dodge, B., Fortenberry, J.D., (In press).

Sexual behaviors, relationships, and perceived health among adult women in the United States: results from a national probability sample. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Schick, V., Sanders, S., Dodge, B., Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

Sexual behaviors, relationships and perceived health among adult men in the United States: results from a national probability sample. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Fortenberry, J.D., Schick, V., Herbenick, D., Sanders, S., Dodge, B., Reece, M. (In press).

Sexual behaviors and condom use at last vaginal intercourse: a national sample of adolescents ages 14 to 17 years. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Schick, V., Sanders, S.A., Dodge, B., and Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

An event-level analysis of the sexual characteristics and composition of adults ages 18 to 59: results from a national probability sample in the United States. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Schick, V., Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Sanders, S., Dodge, B., Middlestadt, S.E., Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

Sexual behaviors, condom use, and sexual health of Americans over 50: implications for sexual health promotion for aging adults. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Dodge, B., Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Schick, V., Sanders, S., Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

Sexual health among US Black and Hispanic men and women: a nationally representative study. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Schick, V., Sanders, S., Dodge, B., and Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

Condom Use Rates in a National Probability Sample of Males and Females Aged 14 to 94 in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Sanders, S.A., Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Schick, V., Dodge, B., Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

Condom use during most recent vaginal intercourse event among a probability sample of adults in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Hensel, D.J., Stupiansky, N.W., Herbenick, D., Dodge, B., & Reece, M. (in press).

When condom use is not condom use: an event-level analysis of condom use behaviors during vaginal intercourse. Journal of Sexual Medicine. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Schick, V., Jozkowski, K., Middlestadt, S., Sanders, S., Dodge, B., Ghassemi, A., Fortenberry, J.D. (In press).

Beliefs about women's vibrator use: results from a nationally representative probability survey in the United States. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. Herbenick, D. (In press).

What a gynecologist needs to know about female masturbation. The Female Patient. Herbenick, D., Schick, V., Reece, M. Sanders, S. and Fortenberry, JD. (In press).

Pubic hair removal among sexually active women in the United States: prevalence, methods and characteristics. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Dodge, B., Sanders, S.A., Ghassemi, A., & Fortenberry, J.D. (in press).

Vibrator use among heterosexual men varies by partnership status: results from a nationally representative study in the United States. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Hollub, A. V., Hensel, D., & Middlestadt, S. (in press).

A psychometric assessment of the Multi-Factor Attitude toward Condoms Scale (MFACS). International Journal of Sexual Health. Fisher, C., Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Dodge, B., Satinsky, S., and Fischtein, D. (in press).

Exploring sexuality education opportunities at in-home sex toy parties in the United States. Sex Education. Herbenick, D., & Reece, M. (2010).

Development and validation of the female genital self image scale. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7(5): 1822-1830. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Sanders, S.A., Dodge, B., Ghassemi, A., & Fortenberry, J.D. (2010).

Women's vibrator use in sexual partnerships: Results from a nationally representative survey in the United States. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 36(1), 49-65. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., & Hollub, A. (2009).

Inside the ordering room: characteristics of women's in-home sex toy parties, facilitators and sexual communication. Sexual Health, 6(4), 318-327. Herbenick, D. (2009).

The development and validation of a scale to measure attitudes toward women's genitals. International Journal of Sexual Health, 21(3), 153-166. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Sanders, S.A., Dodge, B., Ghassemi, A., & Fortenberry, J.D. (2009).

Prevalence and characteristics of vibrator use by women in the United States: Results from a nationally representative study. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6, 1857-1866. Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Sanders, S.A., Dodge, B., Ghassemi, A., & Fortenberry, J.D. (2009).

Prevalence and characteristics of vibrator use by men in the United States. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6, 1867-1874. Herbenick, D. and Reece, M. (2009).

In-home sex toy party facilitators as sex educators: what questions are they asked and what makes them more 'askable'? American Journal of Sexuality Education, 4(2), 178-193. Herbenick, D., Reece, M., Hollub, A., Satinsky, S., & Dodge, B. (2008)

Young female breast cancer survivors: Their sexual function and interest in sexual enhancement products and services.Cancer Nursing, 31(6), 417-425. Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Monahan, P., Sanders, S., Temkit, M. and Yarber, W. (2008).

Comparisons between a condom fitted to penile dimensions (TheyFitTM) and a standard-sized condom. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 83,143-149. Herbenick, D., & Reece, M. (2006).

Sex education in adult retail stores: Positioning customers' questions as teachable moments. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 2(1), 57-75. Bancroft, J.H., Herbenick, D., Barnes, T., Hallam-Jones, R., Wylie, K., Janssen, E., and members of BASRT. (2005).

The relevance of the Dual Control Model to male sexual dysfunction: The Kinsey Institute/BASRT collaborative project. Sex and Relationship Therapy, 20(1), 13-30. Reece, M., Herbenick, D., & Sherwood-Puzzello, C. (2004).

Sexual health promotion and adult retail stores. The Journal of Sex Research, 41(2), 173-180. McTigue, M.K. and Herbenick, D.L. (2002).

What you should know about vulvar self-examination. Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality

Books: Herbenick, D. Because It Feels Good: A Woman's Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction. (2009). Rodale: New York.

Blogs:  Kinsey Confidential-My Sex Professor