Cynthia Graham

Cynthia Graham

Professor, Gender Studies

Senior Scientist, The Kinsey Institute

Visiting Professor, University of Southampton

Senior Research Fellow, Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP)


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, McGill University, 1990
  • Masters Applied Science, Clinical Psychology, University of Glasgow, 1982
  • B.A., Psychology & Philosophy, University of Stirling, 1979
  • DEC, Social Sciences, John Abbott College, 1976

About Cynthia Graham

Cynthia Graham is a Professor in Gender Studies at Indiana University and a Senior Scientist at the Kinsey Institute.  She has been Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sex Research since 2009.

Her current research focuses on male condom use, hormonal contraceptives, women's sexuality, women's sexual pleasure, sexual problems, and sexual health among older adults.  She has been a member of the Kinsey Institute Condom Use Research Team (KI-CURT) since 2000.  Her research has been funded by the UK Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health Research.

Professor Graham was a member of the DSM-5 Workgroup on Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders.  In 2023 she won the Masters and Johnson Award from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.  In 2016 she was awarded the Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award and in 2019 the Distinguished Service to SSSS Award by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.  In 2009 she was elected President of the International Academy of Sex Research.


  • Franco Vega, I., Eleftheriou, A., & Graham, C.A. (2022). Video game-based interventions to improve sexual health outcomes in young people aged 15-25 years: A rapid review. JMIR, Serious Games, 10,(2), e33207 doi: 10.2196/33207
  • Graham, C.A., Stulhofer, A., Lange, T., Hald, G.M., Carvalheira, A.A., Enzlin, P., & Traeen, B. (2020). Prevalance and predictors of sexual difficulties and associated distress among partnered, sexually active older women in Norway, Denmark, Belgium, and Portugal. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 10.1007/s10508-020-01742-7
  • Graham, C.A. (2019). The pill and women's sexuality. Invited Editorial, Brititsh Medical Journal, 364: 335 doi: 10.1136/bmj.l335
  • Graham, C.A., Mercer, C.H., Tanton, C., Jones, K.G., Johnson, A.M., Wellings, K., & Mitchell, K.R. (2017). What factors are associated with reporting lacking interest in sex and how do thse vary by gender? Findings from the third British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.  BMJ Open, 7, (9), e016942. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016942
  • Graham, C.A., Boynton, P.M., & Gould, K (2017). Women's sexual desire: Challenging narratives of dysfunction. European Psychologist, 22, (1), 27-38. doi 10.1027/1016-9040/a000282
  • Graham, C.A. (2016). Reconceptualizing women's sexual desire and arousal in DSM-5. Psychology and Sexuality, 7 (1), 34-37. doi 10.1080/19419899.2015.1024469

Courses Taught


  • GNDR-G 435 Health Sex and Gender


  • GNDR-G 710 Gender, Medicine and the Body