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
  • 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

  • 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 Psychology, 89(4), 316–326.    
  • Rosen, N. O., Muise, M. A.*, Vannier, S. A., Chambers, C. T., Scott, H., & #postbabyhankypanky team. (2020). #postbabyhankypanky: An empirically-based knowledge sharing initiative. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-020-01734-7.
  • Dawson, S. J.*, Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Pierce, M., & Rosen, N. O. (2020). Biopsychosocial predictors of trajectories of postpartum sexual function in first-time mothers. Health Psychology. 10.1037/hea0000861
  • Rosen, N. O., Dawson, S. J., Leonhardt, N., Vannier, S., & Impett, E. A. (2020). Trajectories of couples’ sexual well-being in the transition to parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Rosen, N. O., Dubé, J., Corsini-Munt, S., & Muise, A. (2019). Partners experience consequences, too: A comparison of the sexual, relational, and psychological adjustment of women with sexual interest/arousal disorder and their partners to control couples. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 16, 83-95    
  • Rosen, N. O. & Bergeron, S. (2019).  Genito-pelvic pain through a dyadic lens: Moving toward an Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Model of women’s sexual dysfunction. Annual Review of Sex Research (Journal of Sex Research).

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 4120/PSYO 6809: Topics in Clinical Psychology (Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality)