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Faculty Profile

Megan Yost

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

Contact Information

Denny Hall Room 205


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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Fall 2019

WGSS 302 Rsch Meth in Gnder & Sexuality
Cross-listed with PSYC 335-01. 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.

PSYC 335 Rsch Meth in Gnder & Sexuality
Cross-listed with WGSS 302-01.