meanings, measures, and methods

Psychological research on gender, research methods, sex & sexuality

Lab Honors


Sara McClelland’s research featured in The New York Times. Peggy Orenstein describes how intimate justice is central to her new book Girls & Sex:

The framework I wanted to put on the book was this idea of ‘intimate justice,’ a phrase coined by Sara McClelland, a psychologist at the University of Michigan. She says, as we have known and discussed for years, who does the dishes in the home or vacuums the rug and picks up the laundry, those are political acts as well as personal acts. Sex can be looked at through that lens too. We need to look at who gets to engage in the sexual experience. Who gets to enjoy it? Who is the primary beneficiary? How does each partner define what’s good enough?” [From interview with Orenstein]

Sara McClelland and Harley Dutcher’s encyclopedia entry on “Heterosexist Bias in Research” published in The SAGE Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies

Harley Dutcher presented paper “‘If I control the situation best I can, I'm not scared of it’: Young women’s descriptions of sexual safety” at the New View Campaign Conference

Logan Casey featured in article about his work on LGBT politics and the impact of disgust

Logan Casey presented dissertation research at Eastern Michigan University

Logan Casey received Vivian Fell Sangunett Summer Fellowship, Rackham Graduate School

Logan Casey appointed as Research Analyst at the Harvard Opinion Research Program (HORP) at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Sarah Bell member of the Student Advisory Board for the journal Psychology of Women Quarterly

Sarah Bell published paper (w/ Katherine Goldey, Amanda Posh and Sari van Anders) Defining pleasure: A focus group study of solitary and partnered sexual pleasure in queer and heterosexual women in Archives of Sexual Behavior

Katy Holland awarded 2016 SPSSI Crosby-Spendlove Travel Award for presenting research from a feminist and social justice perspective

Katy Holland awarded a UM Women’s Studies Department Fellowship

Katy Holland hired as Graduate Teaching Consultant (GTC) for CRLT

Sara McClelland and Katy Holland’s paper Toward better measurement: The role of survey marginalia in critical sexuality research published in Qualitative Psychology
Katy Hollandpresented “Barriers to Seeking Help for Sexual Assault on a College Campus” at SPSSI annual conference

Katy Holland’s paper (w/ Veronica Rabelo and Lilia Cortina) (Missing) Knowledge About Sexual Assault Resources: Implications for Military Mental Health published in Violence and Victims

Jen Rubin awarded Hough Research Fellowship for Ethics in Psychology

Jen Rubin awarded Barbara A. Oleshanksy Award

Jen Rubin’s book review of “Gendertrolling: How Misogyny Went Viral” published in Sex Roles

Jen Rubin’s paper (w/ David Frost and Nicole Darcangelo) “Making Meaning of Significant Events in Past Relationships: Implications for Depression Among Newly Single Individuals” published in Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Jen Rubin presented (w/ Sara McClelland, Ozge Savas, and Sarah Bell) “Faculty attitudes about qualitative research methods in U.S. psychology graduate programs” at SPSSI annual conference

Jen Rubin presented “More than a Label: Measurement of sexual orientation among adolescents” at SSSS annual conference

Susie Robinson started MSW program at Columbia University

Angela Khoshnoud working as licensed clinical social worker in Chicago as clinical supervisor overseeing a team of community care coordinators

Luke Hassevoort graduated from Wayne State University and works at Common Ground, a non-profit mental health crisis intervention agency

Erin Dubnow entered third year as medical student at Temple School of Medicine

Sara McClelland invited speaker at the SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference, talk entitled, “Critical Sexuality Studies: Theoretical and Methodological Strategies for Studying Social and Political Inequality in Sex”

Sara McClelland received the Mary Walsh Roth Teaching the Psychology of Women Award, American Psychological Association, Division 35 and was nominated for the Golden Apple Award


Sara McClelland awarded Faculty Communities for Inclusive Teaching Grant, “Teaching at the Intersection of Race & Sexuality”  

Sara McClelland presented “Thick desire and policy: Envisioning public support of sexualities” at the 2015 American Sociological Association annual conference

Sara McClelland presented “Refusing mundane sexual injustice in feminist research,” as part of the Featured Feminist Science Symposia Series at the Association for Women in Psychology, San Francisco, CA

Susie Robinson started full-time position at Renewal House, a transitional supportive housing facility in Bronx, NY

Logan Casey published policy report coauthored with Andrew Reynolds: “Standing Out: Transgender and Gender Variant Candidates and Elected Officials Around the World” and presented about project to the British Parliament, London School of Economics, and the International LGBT Leaders Conference (see here for press coverage and information)

Katy Holland’s paper (w/ Veronica Rabelo and Lilia Cortina) Collateral damage: Military sexual trauma and help-seeking barriers published in Psychology of Violence

Katy Holland presented“Collateral Damage: Military Sexual Trauma and Help-Seeking Barriers” at American Psychological Association conference

Melissa Manley’s paper (w/ Lisa Diamond and Sari van Anders) Polyamory, monoamory, and sexual fluidity: A longitudinal study of identity and sexual trajectories published in Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

Sara McClelland, Jen Rubin, Sarah Bell, and Ozge Savas collaborated on study about graduate training in qualitative methods. See here for executive summary of report submitted to the Society for Qualitative Inquiry in Psychology (SQIP)

Dr. Michelle Johns successfully defended her dissertation, “Overlooked Assets: Body Size, Body Image, and Sexual Minority Women”

Michelle Johns began a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Harley Dutcher began the Psychology & Women’s Studies PhD program at the University of Michigan

Melissa Manley began the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Clark University

Jen Rubin awarded the Roger W. Brown Award, Excellence in sexual orientation prejudice research

Jen Rubin awarded the Barbara Perry Roberson Research Scholarship

Jen Rubin awarded the Institute for Social Research-Rackham Summer Training Award

Jen Rubin presented her research at the Gender and Feminist Psychology Brown Bag Seminar, “Navigating Sexuality Identity(s) in the Age of the App”

Sara McClelland awarded the Psychology Faculty Diversity Research Award, Outstanding Publication for the article (with Jen Rubin), “Even though it’s a small checkbox, it's a big deal:” Stresses and strains of managing sexual identity(s) on Facebook

Sara McClelland & Jen Rubin’s paper (with Jose Bauermeister) I liked girls and I thought they were pretty:” Initial memories of same-sex attraction in young lesbian and bisexual women published in Archives of Sexual Behavior

Sara McClelland & Jen Rubin’s paper  “Even though it’s a small checkbox, it's a big deal:” Stresses and strains of managing sexual identity(s) on Facebook published in Culture, Health & Sexuality

Sara McClelland & Katy Holland’s paper You, me, or her: Leaders’ perceptions of responsibility for increasing gender diversity in STEM departments published in Psychology of Women Quarterly

Sara McClelland and Katy Holland’s paper (with Jennifer Griggs) Quality of life and metastatic breast cancer: The role of body image, disease site, and time since diagnosis published in Quality of Life Research

Logan Casey’s paper “Emotions and the Politics of Ebola” published in PS: Political Science and Politics  

Logan Casey awarded the Garth Taylor Dissertation Fellowship in Public Opinion from Center for Political Studies at ISR

Logan Casey awarded a second year on his Ford Fellowship & Scholarship

Logan Casey awarded the Equality Research Center's "Equality Knowledge Project," at Eastern Michigan University

Sara McClelland’s paper “’What do you mean when you say that you’re sexually satisfied?’ A mixed methods study” was included in the Feminism & Psychology virtual special issue Constructing Sexualities: A collection of articles published in Feminism & Psychology


Sara McClelland received the Michele Alexander Early Career Award for Scholarship and Service, Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI)

Sara McClelland awarded the Junior Faculty Fellowship, Institute for Research on Women and Gender

Sara McClelland awarded CRLT Instructional Development Grant, “Development of a Course Assignment Using the Labadie Collection”

Angela Khoshnoud, A.M., LCSW graduated from the The University of Chicago's school of Social Service Administration

Sara McClelland and Michelle Fine’s paper, Sexuality education and desire: Still missing after all these years, re-printed in Sex Matters: The Sexuality and Society Reader, 4th Edition.

Sara McClelland and Katy Holland’s paper (with Jennifer Griggs) Vaginal dryness and beyond: The sexual health needs of women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer published in Journal of Sex Research

Two chapters published in the Handbook of Sexuality & Psychology: one about the role of social policy and another about phenomenological research methods in sex research

Two entries published in the Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology: one on “intimate justice” and another on “adolescent sexuality

Harley Dutcher was awarded the Women’s Studies Summer Research/Internship

Sarah Bell & Sara McClelland presented a poster “Caring Labor in Experiences of Sexual Satisfaction” at the International Academy of Sex Research Annual Conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia

Katy Holland received an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Katy Holland was awarded the IRWG Research Grant and CEW Riecker Graduate Student Research Grant for her dissertation research

Michelle Johns was awarded the IRWG Community of Scholars Summer 2014

Logan Casey was awarded the Political Science department's Gerald R. Ford Fellowship and Scholarship for his dissertation research

Jen Rubin & Sara McClelland presented the paper “Small Checkbox, Big Deal: How Young Queer Women of Color Manage Sexual Identity(s) Online” at Society for Research on Adolescence in Austin, TX

Jen Rubin received Honorable Mention, Ford Fellowship, The National Academies

Susie Robinson accepted position with the AmeriCorps program AVODAH

Erin Dubnow accepted a place in Temple School of Medicine's Class of 2018

Tori Adams will begin the PhD program in Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona

Ellen Stewart will begin the Masters in Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Michigan School of Nursing

Alex VanDerKolk was named the winner, Best Undergraduate Team (Lab Compass), 2014 UM Business Competition

Gabby Butterfield accepted position with Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver, CO

Gabby Butterfield graduated from AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps in Vinton, IA


Susie Robinson & Sara McClelland presented poster “’What I mean is...’ A mixed methods approach to studying sexual health” at the annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Cincinnati, OH

Katy Holland & Sara McClelland presented paper, What Does This Question Mean? Surveys, Sexual Health, and Feminist Analysis of Quantitative Data”at the annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Cincinnati, OH

Jen Rubin & Sara McClelland presented paper “Understanding same-sex attraction: The role of emotions, partnering, and desire” at the annual meeting of the National Women’s Studies Association, Cincinnati, OH

Jen Rubin received Honorable Mention, Ford Fellowship, The National Academies

Jen Rubin presented paper “Crossing the digital divide: The negotiation of outness for LGB women of color” at the Eastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, New York, NY

Sara McClelland & L.E. Hunter published chapter “Bodies that are always out of line: A closer look at ‘age appropriate sexuality’” in The Moral Panics of Sexuality

Kristen Williams accepted in PhD program at Ohio State University, Clinical Psychology

Kristen Williams hired as Study Coordinator, Department of Urology, University of California, Los Angeles

Luke Hassevort accepted in Master of Social Work program at Wayne State University


Angela Khoshnoud accepted in AM program at the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration

Erin Dubnow accepted position with Americorps, Friedman Place, Chicago, IL

Maya Massing-Schaeffer accepted position as research assistant at Brown University under the direction of Dr. Anthony Spirito and Dr. Jennifer Wolff

B Blanchfield accepted in PhD program at University of Virginia, Developmental Psychology

Ellen Stewart accepted position as Registered Nurse on cardiac step-down unit at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL

Kyoko Sasahara accepted position as Registered Nurse in the ICU at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Jen Rubin received Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan

L. E. Hunter co-founded the Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop on Empirical Queer Studies (IWEQS) with Logan Casey and Chris Skovron

Susie Robinson selected as UROP Peer Advisor, University of Michigan

Sara McClelland nominated by Susie Robinson for UROP Outstanding Research Mentor, University of Michigan


Kristen Williams awarded “Best Poster” in Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan Psychology Undergraduate Research Forum

Sara McClelland received grant from Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cancer Research Committee, University of Michigan, Understanding the Intimacy and Sexual Quality of Life Concerns of Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer

Sara McClelland received grant from the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, Faculty Seed Grant, University of Michigan, Understanding the Intimacy and Sexual Quality of Life Concerns of Women with Metastatic Breast Cancer