Janna Dickenson wearing glasses Janna Dickenson

Assistant Professor
Human Sexuality
School of Consciousness and Transformation

PhD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City

BA, University of California, Los Angeles

Janna A. Dickenson received her BA in psychology with a minor in neuroscience from the University of California, Los Angeles and was awarded her doctorate PhD in Clinical Psychology concentrating in Human Sexuality from the University of Utah in 2017. She completed psychology internship at VA Boston and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality at the University of Minnesota. Clinically, she has worked with a range of gender and sexuality concerns, relationship issues, posttraumatic stress, and associated mood, anxiety, and personality disorders. She has taught a number of introductory human sexuality courses and finds passion in educating people on sexual health and development.

Dr. Dickenson’s research typically centers on understanding change and development of sexual desire. Her projects have included understanding how neurobiology (hormones, brain activity) and attention (e.g., mindfulness) influence and is influenced by variability in sexual desires. In her postdoctoral fellowship, she aims to understand how differential susceptibility to social learning related to gender and contribute to the development of perceiving sexual desires and behaviors to feel “out of control.” She uses her interdisciplinary knowledge and research in her advocacy work to address institutional gender-based discrimination and non-consensual sexual communication and behavior.

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