Kaufman Building Room 162
Professor Yost received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology and Feminist Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research examines the gendered nature of human sexuality from a social psychological perspective. She is interested in the ways in which traditional conceptualizations of masculinity and femininity impact sexuality, stigma surrounding sexual identities and diverse sexual practices, and power dynamics in sexual relationships (particularly within consensual sexual sadomasochism). She teaches interdisciplinary courses in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies on gender, sexuality, and qualitative research methods.
PSYC 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with WGST 135-01.
WGST 135 Psychology of Women and Gender
Cross-listed with PSYC 135-01.
WGST 305 Gender and Sexual Identities
Cross-listed with PSYC 435-01.
PSYC 435 Gender and Sexual Identities
Cross-listed with WGST 305-01.
PSYC 500 Independent Study
PSYC 145 Psychology of Human Sexuality
This course is a study of human sexuality emphasizing psychological aspects. We will cover sexual development from childhood to adulthood, sexual orientations, biological influences, sexual attitudes and behavior, gender, sex therapy, sexual coercion and abuse, sexually transmitted diseases and sexual health, and the development of sexual relationships. The study of human sexuality is inherently interdisciplinary in nature (drawing from such varied disciplines as sociology, women's studies, biology, anthropology, history, and others). Although we will cover some material from these disciplines, we will take an explicitly social psychological perspective, focusing on individual, personal, and social aspects of sexual behaviors, attitudes and beliefs.