William L. Yarber

Professor
Applied Health Science

Adjunct Professor of Gender Studies
College of Arts and Sciences

Senior Research Fellow
Kinsey Institute

Senior Director
Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention

yarber@indiana.edu
(812) 855-7974
PH 142

Education
  • Indiana University, H.S.D. in Health and Safety, 1973
  • Indiana University, M.S. in Health and Safety, 1968
  • Indiana University, B.S. in Education, 1965
Background
WILLIAM L. YARBER is professor of applied health science and adjunct professor of gender studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also a senior research fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the senior director of the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention at IU.

Dr. Yarber, who received his doctorate from Indiana University, has authored or co-authored numerous scientific reports on sexual risk behavior and AIDS/STD prevention in professional journals and has received several federal and state grants to support his research and AIDS/STD prevention efforts. He is a member of the The Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (CURT) comprised of researchers from Indiana University, University of Kentucky, University of Guelph (Canada), and University of Southampton (United Kingdom). For over 15 years, with federal and institutional research support, CURT has investigated male condom use errors and problems and has developed behavioral interventions designed to improve correct and consistent condom use.

He authored four school AIDS/STD prevention curricula (student book and instructor guide) published by professional organizations:  STD: A Guide for Today’s Young Adults (1985); at the request of the U.S. government, Dr. Yarber authored the country’s first secondary school AIDS prevention education curriculum, AIDS: What Young People Should Know (1987); Looking into AIDS (1989); and STDs and HIV: A Guide for Today’s Young Adults (2003, 1993). Dr. Yarber also co-edited the Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Third Edition (2011). Dr. Yarber is the lead author of Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America (Yarber, W., &  Sayad, B., 9th edition, 2016, McGraw-Hill), a college human sexuality textbook used in over 300 colleagues and universities nationwide. This book was recently (2012) translated into Chinese and published by the Beijing World Publishing Company as the most up-to-date book on human sexuality published in China in the past 50 years.  Also in 2012, the text was translated and published in Korea.

Dr. Yarber chaired the National Guidelines Task Force, which developed the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education: Kindergarten–12th Grade (1991, 1996, 2004), published
by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS) and adapted in six countries worldwide. Dr. Yarber is past president of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) and a past chair of the SIECUS board of directors. His awards include the SSSS Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award, the Professional Standard of Excellence from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, the Indiana University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the inaugural Graduate Student Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award at Indiana University.

Dr. Yarber has been a consultant to the World Health Organization Global Program on AIDS as well as sexuality and HIV/STI-related organizations in Brazil, China, Jamaica, Poland, Portugal, and Taiwan. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in human sexuality. He was previously a faculty member at Purdue University and the University of Minnesota, as well as a public high school health science and biology teacher. He endowed at Indiana University, for perpetuity, the world’s first professorship in sexual health, the William L. Yarber Professorship in Sexual Health.  He also endowed Ryan White and William L. Yarber Lecture Series.
Selected Publications

Recent Publications

Yarber, W. L., & Sayad, B. (2016). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, 9th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.

Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., Milhausen, R.R., Sanders, S.A., Yarber, W.L., & Shrier, L.A. (2015). Associations between rushed condom application and condom use errors and problems. Sexually Transmitted Infections , 91:275-277.

Marshall, A., Yarber, W. L., Sherwood-Laughlin, C. M., Gary, M. L., & Estell. D. B. (2015). Coping and survival skills: The role school personnel play regarding support for bullied sexual minority-oriented youth. Journal of School Health, 85, 334-340.

Crosby, R. A., Mena, L., Yarber, W. L., Graham, C. A., Sanders, S. A., & Milhausen, R. R. (in press). Condom use errors and problems:  A comparative study of HIV-positive versus HIV-negative young black men. Sexually Transmitted Diseases.

Crosby, R. A., Milhausen, R. A., Graham, C.A., & Yarber, W. L. (in press). Condoms are more effective when applied by males: A study of young black males in the United States. Annals of Epidemiology.

Sanders, S. A., Hill, B. J., Janssen, E., Graham, C. A., Crosby, R. A., Milhausen, R. R., & Yarber, W. L. (in press). General erectile functioning among young, heterosexual men who do and do not report condom-associated erection problems (CAPE). Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Crosby, R.A., Milhausen, R.R., Sanders, S.A., Graham, C.A., Yarber, W.L. (in press). Condoms are more effective when applied by males: A study of young Black males in the United States. Annals of Epidemiology 2014;24:868-870.

Crosby R.A., Graham C.A., Milhausen R.R., Sanders S.A., Yarber W.L., et al. (in press). Desire to father a child and condom use: A study of young Black males at risk of sexually transmitted infections. International Journal of  STD and AIDS (in press).

Graham, C.A., Crosby, R.A., Milhausen,  R.R., et al. (2014). Condom-associated erection problems: A study of high-risk young black males residing in the southern United States. American Journal of Mens Health, doi: 10.1177/1557988314561311.

Crosby, R.A., Milhausen, R.R., Sanders, S.A., Graham, C.A., & Yarber, W.L. (2014). Being drunk and high during sex is not associated with condom use behaviors: a study of high-risk young black males. Sexual Health, 11:84-86.

Crosby, R.A., Milhausen, R.R., Graham, C.A., Yarber, W.L., Sanders, S.A., Charnigo, R., & Shrier, L.A. (2014). Likelihood of condom use when STDs are suspected: Results from a clinic sample. Health Education and Behavior, 41:449-454.

Crosby, R. A., Milhausen, R. A., Graham, C. A., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S.     A., Charnigo, R., & Shrier, L. (2014). Condom use motivations and behavior with a new vs. an established sex partners. Sexual Health., 11, 252-257.

Crosby, R. A., Milhausen, R. R., Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., & Yarber, W. L. (2014). Condom use errors and problems: A study of high-risk Black males residing in three U.S. cities. International Journal
    of STD and AIDS, 25, 943-948.

Crosby, R. A., Shrier, L., Charnigo, R., Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., Milhausen, R. A., & Yarber, W. L. (2014). Likelihood of condom use when STDs are suspected: Results from a clinic sample. Health
    Education and Behavior. DOI: 10.177/1090198114529588.
        
Emetu, R. E., et al. (2014). A novel, self-guided, home-based intervention to improve condom use among     young men who have sex with men. Journal of American College Health, 62, 118-124.

Crosby, R. A., Milhausen, R. R., Mark, K. P., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., & Graham, C. (2013). Understanding problems with condom fit and feel: An important opportunity for improving Clinic based safer sex programs. Journal of Primary Prevention doi: 10.1007/s10935-013-0294-3.

Crosby, R.A., Milhausen, R.R., Mark, V.P., Yarber, W.L., Sanders, S.A., & Graham, C.  (2013).  Understanding problems with condom fit and feel:  An important opportunity for improving clinic-based safer sex programs.  Journal of Primary Prevention  doi: 10.1007/s10935-013-0294-3.

Crosby, R., Shrier, L.A., Charnigo, R., Sanders, S.A., Graham, C.A., Milhausen, R., & Yarber, W.L.  (2013).  Negative perceptions about condom use among a clinic population:  Comparisons by gender, race, and age.  International Journal of STD & AIDS  doi: 10.1177/0956462412472295.

Yarber, W.L., & Sayad, B.W. (2013). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America. 8th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 626 pp.

Yarber, W.L., Sayad, B., Strong, B., & DeVault, C., (2012).  Human Sexuality, 6e. Seoul, Korea:  The Kyunghyang Daily News, (Korean language edition of 6th editon of text).

Sander, S.A., Yarber, W.L., Kaufman, E.L., Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., & Milhausen, R.R.  (2012).  Condom use errors and problems:  a global view.  Sexual Health, 9, 81-95.

Yarber, W.L., Sayad, B.W., & Strong, B. (2012). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America, 6e. Beijing, China: Beijing World Publishing, 502pp. (Chinese language version of 6th edition text).

Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., Milhausen, R.R., Sanders, S.A., & Yarber, W.L. (Editors). (2012, March). Special Issue: Condom use to prvent sexually transmitted infections: global perspective. Sexual Health

Sanders, S.A., Yarber, W.L. Kaufman, E.L., Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., & Milhausen, R.R. (2012). Condom use errors and problems: a global view. Sexual Health, 9, 81-95.

Crosby, R. A., Shrier, L.A., Charnigo, R.J., Weathers, C., Sander, S.A., Graham, C.A., Mihausen, R.R., & Yarber, W.L. (2012). A prospective event-level analysis of condom use experiences folowing STI testing among patients in three US cities. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 39, 756-760.

Yarber, W.L, & Sayad, B. (2011). Sexuality education for youth in the United States: Conflict, content, research and recommendation. Kwartalnik Pedagogiczny, 2(216), 147-164.

Milhausen, R.R., Wood, J., Sanders, S.A., Crosby, R.A., Yarber, W.L, & Graham, C.A. (2011). A novel, self-guided, home-based intervention to promote condom use among young men: A pilot study. Journal of Men's Health, 20, 1-8.

Fisher, T.D., Davis, C.M., Yarber, W.L., & Davis, S. (Eds). (2011). Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures. 3rd edition. New York: Routledge

Graham, C.A., Crosby, R.A., Milhausen, R.R., Sander, S.A., & Yarber, W.L. (2011). Incomplete use of condoms: The importance of sexual arousal. AIDS and Behavior, 15, 1328-1331.

Yarber, W.L., & Crosby, R.A. (2011). Rural and non-rural Indiana residents' opinion about condoms for HIV/STD prevention. Health Education Monograph, 28, 46-53.

Marshall, A., Rosenberg, J.G., & Yarber, W.L. (2011). Rural young MSM's view of HIV prevention: A case study. Health Educaiton Monograph, 28, 39-45.

Topping, A.A., Milhausen, R.R., Graham, C.A., Sanders, S.A., Yarber, W.L., & Crosby, R.A. (2011). A comparison of condom use errors and problems for heterosexual anal and vaginal intercouse. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 22, 204-208.

Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., Milhausen, R.R., Sanders, S.A., & Yarber, W.L. (2011). Correct Condom Use Self-Efficacy Scale. In T. Fisher, C. Davis, W. Yarber & S. Davis. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Third Edition. New York: Routledge.

Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., Milhausen, R.R., Sanders, S.A., & Yarber, W.L. (2011). Condom Use Errors/Problems Survey. In T. Fisher, C. Davis, W. Yarber, & S. Davis. Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures, Third Edition. New York: Routledge.

Milhausen, R.R., Graham, C.A., Sanders, S.A., & Yarber, W.L. (2010). Validation of the Sexual Excitation/Sexual Inhibition Inventory for Women and Men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39: 1091-1104.

Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., Yarber, W.L., & Sanders, S.A. (2010). Problems with condoms may be reduced for men taking ample time to apply them. Sexual Health, 7, 66-70.

Sanders, S.A., Hill, B.J., Yarber, W.L., Graham, C.A., Crosby, R.A., & Milhausen, R.R. (2010). Misclassification bias: Diversity in conceptualizations about having "had sex." Sexual Health, 7, 31-34.

Crosby, R.A., Yarber, W.L., Graham, C.A., & Sanders, S.A. (2010). Does it fit okay? Problems with condom use as a function of self-reported poor fit. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 86:36-38.

Yarber, W., Sayad, B., & Strong, B., (2010). Human Sexuality: Diversity in Contemporary America., New York: McGraw-Hill Higher Educaion. 7th edition, 636 pp.

Crosby, R., DiClemente, R.J., & Yarber, W.L. (2009). Correlates of correct condom use among high-risk African American men attending an urban STD clinic in the South. International Journal of Sexual Health, 21, 183-191.

Crosby, R.A., Yarber, W.L., Sanders, S.A., & Graham, C.A. (2009). Is phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor use associated with condom breakage? Sexually Transmitted Infections, 85, 404-405.

Sanders, S.A., Milhausen, R.R., Crosby, R.A., Graham, C.A., & Yarber, W.L. (2009). Do phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors protect against condom-associated erection loss and condom slippage. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6, 1451-1456.

Crosby, R., Milhausen, R., Yarber, W., Sanders, S., & Graham, C. (2008) Condom "turn offs" among adults: An exploratory study. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 19, 590-594.

Crosby, R., Yarber, W.L., Sanders, S.A., Graham, C.A., & Arno, J. (2008). Slips, breaks, and 'falls': Condom errors and problems reportd by men attending an STD clinic. Internaional Journal of STD & AIDS, 19, 90-93.

Crosby, R., Milhausen, R., Sanders, S., Graham, C., & Yarber, W. (2008). Two heads are better than one.: The association between condom decision-making and condom use errors and problems. Sexually Transmittted Infections, 84, 196-201.

Crosby, R.A., DiClemente, R., Yarber, W., Snow, G., & Trotman, A. (2008). An event-specific analysis of condom breakage among African American men at risk for HIV acquisition. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 35, 174-177.

Janssen, E., McBride, K., Yarber, W., Hill, B., & Butler, S. (2008). Factors that influence sexual arousal in men: A focus group study, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 252-265.

Yarber, W.L., Milhausen, R. R., Huang, B., Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., & Sanders, S. (2008). Is growing up in a rural area associated with less HIV/STD-related risk? A brief report from an Internet sample. Health Education Monograph, 25, 34-37.

Yarber, W., Milhausen, R., Huang, B., & Crosby, R. A. (2008). Do rural and non-rural single, young adults differ in their risk and protective HIV/STD behaviors? Results from a national survey. Health Education Monograph, 25(2), 7-12.

Sanders, S. A., Yarber, W.L., Crosby, R. A., & Graham, C.A. (2008). Starting late, ending early: Correlates of incomplete condom use among young adults. Health Education Monograph, 25(2), 45-50.

Heckman, T.G., Heh, V., Pinkerton, S.D., Akers, T.A., Yarber, W.L., & Ellis, G. (2008). Modeling AIDS cases in non-metropolitan areas of the United States, 1993-2006. Health Educaiton Monograph, 25(2), 1-6.

Milhausen, R. R., Crosby, R. A., & Yarber, W. L. (2008). Public opinion in Indiana regarding the vaccination of middle school students for HPV. Health Education Monograph, 25, 21-27.

Reece, M., Herbenick, D., Monahan, P., Sander, S., Temkit, M., & Yarber, W. (2008). Breakage, slippage and acceptability outcomes of a condom fitted to penile dimensions. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 84, 143-149.

Yarber, W., Graham, C., Sanders, S., Crosby, R., Butler, S., & Hartzell, R. Do you know what you are doing? College Student' experiences with male condoms. (2007). American Journal of Health Education, 38, 322-331.