Faculty Profile

Megan Yost

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

Contact Information


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.


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

2014-2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

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

Spring 2015

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.

PSYC 335 Rsch Meth in Gnder & Sexuality
This course addresses the methodological principles underlying empirical psychological research on gender and sexuality. We will specifically consider qualitative methods as they are used within psychology. Because the study of gender in particular has been strongly guided by feminist theory, this course will focus on feminist epistemologies as related to social psychological research. Class and lab time will be spent developing the following skills: critical reading and analysis of published research, design of empirical research, data collection, and qualitative data analysis. This course will culminate in the design and implementation of an original research project in the area of psychology of gender or human sexuality. Three hours classroom plus three hours laboratory a week. Prerequisites: 201 and 202, and either 135 or 145.

PSYC 550 Independent Research

PSYC 550 Independent Research

PSYC 560 Stu/Faculty Collaborative Rsch