Debby Herbenick

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Debby Herbenick
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EducationB.A., Psychology, University of Maryland, College Park, Masters in Public Health Education, Indiana University, PhD in Health Behavior, Indiana University
OccupationAuthor, research scientist, educator, blogger, sex advice columnist, professor and human sexuality expert in media, Co-Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University[1]

Debby Herbenick is an American author, research scientist,[2] sex educator, sex advice columnist, children's book author,[3] blogger, television personality, professor,[4] and human sexuality expert in the media. She is also the 2016 - 2018 president of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).[5] Herbenick is also an AASECT-certified sexuality educator.

Herbenick has published more than 100 scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and is one of the leading experts in the study of sexual behavior in the United States.[6] She is also an expert on research related to sexuality in the context of pregnancy/postpartum period, as well as studies of vulvar and vaginal health, genital self-image,[7] women's and men's sexual behavior,[8] women's sexuality, sexual pleasure and enhancement, exercise-induced orgasm[9] - also known as the coregasm, condoms,[10] lubricants,[11] arousal creams, and sexual enhancement products.[12] Herbenick has spoken on these and other sexuality and relationship topics at a number of colleges, universities, and national and international conferences. She also regularly teaches human sexuality classes, among other courses, at Indiana University.

Herbenick has authored or co-authored several books including Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction, The I Love You More Book (a book about love for children and grown ups), Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva, Great in Bed, and Sex Made Easy: Your Awkward Questions Answered for Better, Smarter, Safer Sex. Herbenick also authored The Coregasm Workout .[13]

Herbenick is one of the lead scientists associated with the 2009 National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior and its subsequent waves of data collection from 2012 forward. She is also the Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the School of Public Health-Bloomington at Indiana University in Bloomington. An AASECT-certified sexuality educator, Dr. Herbenick also writes and hosts the audio podcasts for Kinsey Confidential[14] for the Kinsey Institute.>

The blog was run by Dr. Herbenick from 2007 to 2014. She is also the founder of the Bloomington Sex Salon, an event series in Bloomington, Indiana, and the Make Sex Normal project, which she launched with a highly viewed TEDx talk in 2013.[15]

From 2005 through 2012, Herbenick wrote a weekly sex advice column for Time Out Chicago[16] and, for more than a decade (starting in 2003), she wrote sex columns and blogs for Men's Health magazine.[17] Also, Herbenick appeared as an expert in relationships and human sexuality on The Today Show, Katie Couric's television show Katie, on various PBS specials, on The Tyra Banks Show and on The Doctors, and on one occasion taught about the vulva by using a vulva puppet on Tyra. This clip resulted in millions of views on YouTube and also aired on The Soup and Best Week Ever. Dr. Herbenick, her colleague, and their research have also been profiled on an episode of the Discovery Channel's Curiosity (TV series). In 2013, Dr. Herbenick also launched a successful Kickstarter project to create a poster and postcard series called "What do you like about your vagina and vulva?" [18]


  1. ^ Kristine Thomason (March 22, 2016). "Yes, You Can Have an Orgasm While Working Out". Health magazine. Retrieved August 31, 2016. ... orgasms during exercise ... study published in the journal Sexual and Relationship Therapy back in 2011 ....
  2. ^ "Debby Herbenick - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  3. ^ PhD, Debby Herbenick (2011-10-31). The I Love You More Book. Rosalie Orlando Hatch (1st ed.). Decorah, IA: StoryPeople Press. ISBN 9781937137991.
  4. ^ "Debra Herbenick: Faculty: School of Public Health: Indiana University Bloomington". Retrieved 2018-03-09.
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  7. ^ "The Female Genital Self-Image Scale (FGSIS): Results from a Nationally Representative Probability Sample of Women in the United States". The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 8: 158–166. 2010-11-02. doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.02071.x. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  8. ^ "Sexual Behavior in the United States: Results from a National Probability Sample of Men and Women Ages 14–94 - Herbenick". The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 7: 255–265. 2010-10-04. doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.02012.x. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  9. ^ "Exercise-induced orgasm and pleasure among women". Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 26: 373–388. doi:10.1080/14681994.2011.647902.
  10. ^ "Breakage, slippage and acceptability outcomes of a condom fitted to penile dimensions - Reece et al. 84 (2): 143 - Sexually Transmitted Infections". Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  11. ^ "Association of Lubricant Use with Women's Sexual Pleasure, Sexual Satisfaction, and Genital Symptoms: A Prospective Daily Diary Study - Herbenick". The Journal of Sexual Medicine. 8: 202–212. doi:10.1111/j.1743-6109.2010.02067.x. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
  12. ^ "Debby Herbenick - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2018-03-09.
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  15. ^ TEDx Talks (2013-05-05), Making sex normal | Debby Herbenick | TEDxBloomington, retrieved 2018-03-09
  16. ^ "Time Out Chicago Contact Page". 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  17. ^ "Questions for Sex Professor: Men's Health". 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-07.
  18. ^ "Beyond The Chocha: Tyra Banks Helpfully Reminds Us That Vaginas Are Like Snowflakes, Look Like Cuddly Sofa Cushions". 2010. Archived from the original on 2009-06-14. Retrieved 2010-03-07.

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