Natalie Rosen

Associate Professor

Rosen headshot 2018

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
  • 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 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

• Raposo, S., Rosen, N. O., & Muise, A. (in press).  Self-Expansion is Associated with Greater Relationship and Sexual Well-Being for Couples Coping with Low Sexual Desire. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. 
• Rosen, N. O., Dawson, S.*, Brooks, M., & Kellogg-Spadt, S. (2019). Treatment of vulvodynia: Pharmacological and non-pharmacalogical approaches. Drugs, 79, 483-493.
• Rosen, N. O., Dubé, J.*, Corsini-Munt, S.*, & Muise, A. (2019). Partners experience consequences, too: Sexual, relational and psychological adjustment of couples coping with female sexual interest/arousal disorder compared to control couples. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 16, 83-95.
• Merwin, K. E.*, & Rosen, N. O. (2019). Perceived partner responsiveness moderates associations between sexual talk and sexual and relationship well-being in individuals in long-term relationships. The Journal of Sex Research. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1610151
• Glowacka, M.*, Bergeron, S., Delisle, I., & Rosen, N. O. (2018). Sexual distress mediates the associations between sexual contingent self-worth and well-being in couples coping with genito-pelvic pain: A daily experience study. The Journal of Sex Research.
• Rosen, N. O. & Bergeron, S. (2018).  Genito-Pelvic Pain Through a Dyadic Lens: Toward an Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Model of Women’s Sexual Dysfunction. Annual Review of Sex Research (Journal of Sex Research).
• 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.
• 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

Awards and Honours

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