Faculty Profile

Megan Yost

Associate Professor of Psychology and Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (2006)

Contact Information

on sabbatical Fall 2016


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 and Sexuality Studies on gender, sexuality, and qualitative research methods.


  • B.S., St. Lawrence University, 1998
  • M.S., University of California, Santa Cruz, 2003
  • Ph.D., 2006

2016-2017 Academic Year

Fall 2016

PSYC 155 Child Development
This introduction to developmental psychology will cover such topics as: What are the processes of prenatal development and birth? How does an infant learn about the world around him or her? How do children develop as social beings? And, how do the cognitive abilities of thought, language, and memory develop?

Spring 2017

PSYC 202 Analysis of Psychological Data
Completion of both PSYC 201 and PSYC 202 fulfills the WID Requirement.

WGSS 305 Seminar in Gender & Sexuality
Cross-listed with PSYC 435-01.

PSYC 435 Seminar in Gender & Sexuality
Cross-listed with WGSS 305-01.