Natalie Rosen

Assistant Professor


Related Information

Research website

Phone: (902) 494-4044
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre 1355 Oxford Street PO Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Clinical psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Human sexuality
  • Pain


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 couples struggling with sexual dysfunction (e.g., genito-pelvic pain, low sexual desire) and who are undergoing a normative life experience—the transition to parenthood—which is 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 women and couples.

Selected Publications

  • Vannier, S. A.*, Adare, K. E.*, & Rosen, N. O. (2018). Is it me or you? First-time mothers’ attributions for postpartum sexual concerns are associated with sexual and relationship satisfaction in the transition to parenthood. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 35, 577-599. 
  • Rosen, N. O., Muise, A.*, Impett, E. A., Delisle, I., Baxter, M.L., & Bergeron, S. (2018). Sexual cues mediate the daily relations between interpersonal goals, pain, and wellbeing in couples coping with vulvodynia. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Glowacka, M.*, Bergeron, S., Dubé, J.*, & Rosen, N. O. (2018). When self-worth is tied to the sexual and romantic relationship: Associations with well-being in couples coping with vulvodynia. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 1649-1661
  • Rosen, N. O., Bailey, K.*, & Muise, A. (2017). Degree and direction of sexual desire discrepancy are linked to sexual and relationship satisfaction in couples transitioning to parenthood. The Journal of Sex Research.
  • Muise, A.*, Bergeron, S., Impett, E. A., & Rosen, N. O. (2017). The costs and benefits of sexual communal motivation for couples coping with vulvodynia. Health Psychology. doi: 10.1037/hea0000470
  • Rancourt, K.*, MacKinnon, S., Snowball, N*. & Rosen, N. O. (2016). Beyond the bedroom: Cognitive, affective, and behavioral responses to partner touch in women with and without sexual dysfunction. The Journal of Sex Research.   

Awards and Honours

  • 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 3225: Health Psychology
PSYO 4120: Topics in Clinical Psychology (Human Sexuality)