Lucia O'Sullivan Ph.D.
Previous Degrees/Licensing/Training Obtained:
B.A. (Hons.) University of New Brunswick
M.A. (Clinical Psychology) University of New Brunswick
Ph.D. (Experimental Psychology) Bowling Green State University
Postdoctoral Research Training (HIV) Columbia University
Dr. O’Sullivan holds a Canada
Research Chair in Adolescents’ Sexual Health Behaviour. Her work focuses
primarily on sexual health, intimate relationships, and the affective and
cognitive components of sexual decision-making of young adults and
adolescents. Other studies address the development of romantic and sexual
relationships, the acquisition of skills and experience required to establish,
maintain, and end intimate relationships, and the role of gender in romantic
and sexual relationship experiences. Her research program frequently
incorporates studies and collaborations that are international (e.g., South
Africa, Guatemala, India, US, UK) and interdisciplinary. She is active on a
wide range of editorial boards and has published extensively in research
journals and books.
Recent or Selected Publications:
A. Bolin (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
F., & Pasterski, V. (in press).
Sexual problems in adolescents and young adults. In Y. M. Binik & K.
Hall (Eds). Principles and Practices of
Sex Therapy (5th Ed). New York, NY: Guilford Publications.
F., & Ronis, S. (in press). Sexual development in girls: “Normative”
development and development of paraphilias and sexual offending behaviors. In D. S. Bromberg & W. T. O’Donohue
(Eds.), Handbook of Child and Adolescent
Sexuality: Developmental and Forensic Psychology. San Diego, CA: Elsevier.
F., & Thompson, A. E. (in press).
Sexuality in adolescence. In D. Tolman & L. Diamond (Eds.), APA Handbook of Sexuality and Psychology.
Washington, DC: APA Books.
Boyle, A. M.,
& O’Sullivan, L. F. (2012). The influence
of dating anxiety on normative adolescent experiences of dating, sexual
interactions, and alcohol consumption among Canadian middle adolescents. Journal of Youth Studies
O’Sullivan, L. F. (2012). Open to the public: How adolescents blur
the boundaries online between the private and public spheres of their lives.
[Editorial]. Journal of Adolescent
Health, 50, 429-430.
Vannier, S. A., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2012). Who
gives and who gets: Why, when, and with whom young people engage in oral sex. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 572-582.
McKee, M. D.,
Rubin, S., Campos, G., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2011). Challenges of providing confidential care to
adolescents in urban primary care:
Clinicians’ perspectives. Annals of Family Medicine, 9, 37-43.
Rubin, S. E.,
Alderman, E. M., Fletcher, J., Campos, G., O’Sullivan, L. F., & McKee, D.
M. (2011). Testing adolescents for sexually transmitted infections in urban
primary care practices: Results from a baseline study. Journal of Primary Care & Community Health, 2, 209-212.
Thompson, A. E.,
& O’Sullivan L. F. (2011). Gender differences in associations of sexual and
romantic stimuli: Do men really prefer sex over romance? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 949-957.
Byers, E. S.,
& O’Sullivan, L. F. (2010). Sexual Situation Questionnaire. In T. D.
Fisher, C. M. Davis, W. L. Yarber & S. L. Davis (Eds.), The Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures
(3rd edition) (pp. 169-173).
New York, NY: Routledge.
Boyle, A. M.,
& O’Sullivan, L. F. (2010). General
and sex-related communication in established relationships: An exploration of
possible links to condom use among young adults. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 19, 53-64.
& O’Sullivan, L. F. (2010). In the
absence of marriage: Long term
concurrent partnerships, love and the dynamics of HIV risk among young adult
South Africans. AIDS and Behavior, 14, 991-1000.
Hensel, D. J.,
Fortenberry, J. D., O’Sullivan, L. F., & Orr, D. P. (2010). The developmental association of sexual
self-concept with oral-genital sex and coitus among adolescent women. Journal
of Research on Adolescence, 34, 675-684.
F., McKee, M. D., Rubin, S. E., & Campos, G. (2010). Primary care providers’ reports of the
provision of time alone to adolescent patients:
Results of a prospective card study. Journal of Adolescent Health, 47, 110-112.
F., Meyer-Bahlburg, H. F. L., & McKeague, I. (2010). Sexual Self-Concept Inventory. In T. D. Fisher, C. M. Davis, W. L. Yarber
& S. L. Davis (Eds.), The Handbook of
Sexuality-Related Measures (3rd edition) (pp. 534-536). New
York, NY: Routledge.
Anderson, M. R., O’Sullivan, L. F., Pacheco, K. P. A., Matos, A., Reyes, D. A.,
Setru, S., & Arathoon, E. (2010).
Does HIV VCT reduce risk behaviors?:
An observational study in Guatemala City. Current
HIV Research, 8, 121-126.
McKee, M. D., Campos, G., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2010). Delivery of confidential care to adolescent
males. Journal of the American Board of
Family Medicine, 23, 728-735.
Vannier, S. A., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2010).
Communicating interest in sex: Verbal and non-verbal initiation of sexual activity
in young adults’ romantic dating relationships. Archives of Sexual Behavior,
Ronis, S., &
O’Sullivan, L. F. (2010). A longitudinal
analysis of predictions of male and female adolescents’ transitions to intimate
sexual behavior. Journal of Adolescent Health, 49, 321-323.
Anderson, M. R.,
Samayoa, B., O’Sullivan, L. F., Fletcher, J., & Arathoon, E. (2009). Can a clinical prediction tool guide HIV
testing decisions? Experience at a
national hospital in Guatemala. International Journal of STD & AIDS,
O’Sullivan, L. F., Udell, W., Montrose, V. A.,
Antoniello, P., & Hoffman, S. (2009).
A cognitive analysis of college students’
explanations for engaging in unprotected sexual intercourse. Archives
of Sexual Behavior, 39, 1121-1131.
Vannier, S. A.,
& O’Sullivan, L. F. (2009). Sex
without desire: Characteristics of
occasions of sexual compliance in young adults’ committed relationships. The
Journal of Sex Research, 47, 429-439.
O’Sullivan, L. F., & Hoffman, S. (2008).
Gender scripts in sexual relationships: Caribbean Americans. In D. Roberts, R. Reddock, D. Douglas &
S. Reid (Eds.), Sex, power and
taboo: Gender and HIV in the Caribbean
and beyond (pp. 110-125). Kingston,
Jamaica: Ian Randle Publishers.
F., & Hearn, K. D. (2008). Predicting first intercourse among urban
early adolescent girls: The role of
emotions. Cognition and Emotion, 22, 168-179.
F. (2008). Challenging assumptions
regarding the validity of self-report measures: The special case of sexual
behavior [Editorial]. Journal of Adolescent Health, 42, 207-208.
F., & Majerovich, J. (2008).
Difficulties with sexual functioning in a sample of male and female late
adolescent and young adult university students.
The Canadian Journal of Human
Sexuality, 17, 109-121.
Vannier, S. A.,
& O’Sullivan, L. F. (2008). The
feasibility and acceptability of handheld computers in a prospective diary
study of adolescent sexual behaviour. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 17,
Carballo-Diéguez, A., O’Sullivan, L. F., Lin, P.,
Dolezal, C., Pollack, L., & Catania, J. (2007). Awareness and attitudes regarding
microbicides and Nonoxynol-9 use in a probability sample of gay men. AIDS and Behavior, 11, 271-276.
Dworkin, S. L.,
and O’Sullivan, L. F. (2007). “It’s less
work for us and it shows us she has good taste”: Masculinity, sexual initiation, and
contemporary sexual scripts. In M. Kimmel
(Ed.), The sexual self (pp.
105-121). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
Meston, C. M., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2007). Such a
tease: Intentional sexual provocation
within heterosexual interactions.
Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36, 531-542.
F., Cooper-Serber, E., Kubeka, M., & Harrison, A. (2007). Body concepts: Beliefs
about the body and efforts to prevent HIV and pregnancy among a sample of young
adults in South Africa. International Journal of Sexual Health, 19,
F., Harris, K., Cheng, M., & Brooks-Gunn, J. (2007). I
wanna’ hold your hand: The
progression of social, romantic and sexual events in adolescent relationships. Perspectives
on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 39, 100-107.
Seal, D. W.,
O’Sullivan, L. F., & Ehrhardt, A. A. (2007). Miscommunications and
misinterpretations: Men’s scripts about
sexual communication and unwanted sex in interactions with women. In M. Kimmel (Ed.), The sexual self (pp. 141-161). Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press.
Hoffman, S., & O’Sullivan, L. (2006).
Young men’s HIV risks in South Africa:
The importance of multiple risk behaviors. [Comment]
AIDS, 20, 1467-1468.
O’Sullivan, L. F., Hoffman, S., Dolezal, C., & Morrell, R. (2006). Gender role and relationship norms among
young adults in South Africa: Measuring
the context of masculinity and HIV risk.
Journal of Urban Health, 83, 709-722.
O’Sullivan, L. F., Dolezal, C., & Monroe-Wise, A. (2006).
HIV risk behaviors and the context of sexual coercion in young adults’
sexual interactions: Results from a
diary study in rural South Africa.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 33, 52-58.
McKee, D. M.,
O’Sullivan, L. F., & Weber, C. M. (2006).
Perspectives on confidential
care for adolescent girls. Annals of Family Medicine, 4, 519-526.
F., Harrison, A., Morrell, R., Monroe-Wise, A., & Kubeka, M. (2006). Gender
dynamics in the primary sexual relationships of young rural South African women
and men. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 8, 99-113.
O’Sullivan, L. F., Hoffman, S., Harrison, A., & Dolezal, C. (2006). Men, multiple sexual partners, and young
adults’ sexual relationships:
Understanding the role of gender in the study of risk. Journal of Urban
Health, 83, 695-708.
F., & Meyer-Bahlburg, H. F. L., & McKeague, I. W. (2006). The
development of the Sexual Self-Concept Inventory for early adolescent girls. Psychology
of Women Quarterly, 30, 139-149.
O’Sullivan, L. F., Udell, W., & Patel, V. L.
urban adults’ heterosexual risk encounters and perceived risk and safety: A structured diary study. The Journal of Sex Research, 43,
Patel, V. L.,
Gutnik, L. A., Yoskowitz, N. A., O’Sullivan, L. F., & Kaufman, D. R.
(2006). Patterns of reasoning and
decision making about condom use by urban college students. AIDS Care, 18, 918-930.
Undergraduate courses: Personality Psychology (PSYC 3053),
Social Psychology (PSYC 2403), Human Sexuality (PSYC 3043)
Graduate courses: Social Psychology (PSYC 6062)
Any Professional Awards/Honours:
Research Science Award – Behavioral Sciences Research Training in HIV Infection
(Columbia University, New York)
- 1996 – 1998 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Social Science
Research Council, Sexuality Research Fellowship (Ford
- 1998 Young
Researcher Award, Society for Sex Therapy and Research
- 1999-2004 Research Scientist Development Award
(National Institute of Mental Health)
- 2002 Recognition of
Excellence in Teaching, Department of Human Development, (Columbia University,
- 2003 Outstanding
Teaching Award, Department of Human Development (Columbia University, New York)
- 2006-2011 Canada Research Chair
in Adolescents’ Sexual Health Behaviours, Tier II
- 2009 Allan P. Stuart
Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of New Brunswick
- 2011-2016 Canada Research Chair
in Adolescents’ Sexual Health Behaviours, Tier II
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