Natalie Rosen

Professor, Associate Director of Clinical Training

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Phone: (902) 494-4044
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre 6287 Alumni Crescent PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Clinical psychology
  • Human sexuality
  • Pain
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Transition to parenthood


BA/BSc (Queen’s University)
PhD (McGill University)
Post-Doctoral (Université de Montréal)

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding how individuals, and especially couples, cope with sexual problems or changes to their sexual relationship. The key contexts for my research are sexual dysfunction (e.g., genito-pelvic pain, low sexual desire) and major life events or transitions (e.g., infertility, the transition to parenthood)—which are typically linked to declines in sexual and relationship well-being. My work is interdisciplinary and the ultimate goal is to inform the development of better treatment options for affected couples.

Selected Publications

  • Dubé, J.P. , Bergeron, S., Bosisio, M., Vaillancourt-Morel, M.P., Drudge, E., & Rosen, N.O. (2023). Hooked on a feeling: Downregulation of negative emotion during negative emotion during sexual conflict is associated with sexual well-being. Emotion.
  • Rosen, N. O., Vannier, S. A., Johnson, M. D., McCarthy, L., & Impett, E. A. (2022). Unmet and exceeded expectations for sexual concerns across the transition to parenthood. Journal of Sex Research. https://doi-org/10.1080/00224499.2022.2126814
  • Rosen, N. O., Dawson, S. J., Binik, Y.M., Pierce, M., Brooks, M., Pukall, C., Chorney, J., Snelgrove-Clarke, E., & George, R. (2022). Trajectories of dyspareunia from pregnancy to 24 months postpartum. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 139(3), 391-399.
  • Bergeron, S., Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Corsini-Munt, S., Steben, M., Delisle, I., Mayrand, M.-H., & Rosen, N. O. (2021). Cognitive-behavioral couple therapy versus lidocaine for provoked vestibulodynia: A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology89(4), 316–326.
  • Rosen, N.O., Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Corsini-Munt, S., Steben, M., Delisle, I., Baxter ML., & Bergeron, S. (2021). Predictors and moderators of provoked vestibulodynia treatment outcome following a randomized trial comparing cognitive-behavioral couple therapy to overnight lidocaine. Behavior Therapy, 52(6), 1502-1515.
  • Rosen, N. O., Dawson, S. J., Leonhardt, N. D., Vannier, S. A., & Impett, E. A. (2021). Trajectories of sexual well-being among couples in the transition to parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 35(4), 523–533.   
  • Rosen, N. O., Corsini-Munt, S.pDubé, J.gBoudreau, C.m, & Muise, A. (2020). Partner responses to low desire: Associations with sexual, relationship, and psychological wellbeing among couples coping with Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 17, 2168-2180.
  • Rosen, N. O., Muise, M. A.uVannier, S. A. p, Chambers, C. T., Scott, H., & #postbabyhankypanky team. (2020). #postbabyhankypanky: An empirically-based knowledge sharing initiative. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50, 45-55

Awards and Honours

  • SSTAR Mentorship Award, Society for Sex Therapy and Research (2022)
  • Killam Prize, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University (2019)
  • Fellow, College of New Scholars, Royal Society of Canada (2018-2025)
  • President’s Excellence Research Award, Emerging Investigator, Dalhousie University (2018)
  • Early Career Award, Canadian Pain Society (2018)
  • New Investigator Award, Health Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (2017)
  • Best Empirical Poster Award, Society for Sex Therapy and Research (2016)
  • New Investigator Award, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (2015-2020)     


PSYO 6204: Psychological Interventions: A lifespan perspective
PSYO 4120/PSYO 6809: Topics in Clinical Psychology (Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality)