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Research Interests

My research focuses on sexuality, gender, and intimate relationships, and their implications for health and well-being over the life course. My primary research areas include (1) fluidity in sexual and gender expression among women and men, (2) biological underpinnings of sexual desire and experience, (3) the impact of early-life adversity on social and sexual development, and (4) the implications of sexual well-being for physical and mental health.  In addressing these questions, I use a diverse range of research methods, including longitudinal observation across multiple time spans, controlled laboratory experiments, and collection of biomarkers (such as oxytocin, cortisol, and markers of systemic inflammation). 

Opportunities For Students

I am always seeking motivated undergraduate students to assist with current research projects.  Email me for more information!


Ph.D., Cornell University (Human Development, 1999)
B.A., University of Chicago (Psychology, 1993)

Selected Publications

Diamond, L. M. & Alley, J. C. (in press). Was it good for her?  An alternative perspective on life history theory, female same-sex sexuality, and pleasure.  Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Alley, J. C., Diamond, L. M., Lipschitz, D. L., & Grewen, K. (in press). Associations between oxytocin and cortisol reactivity and recovery in response to psychological stress and sexual arousal. Psychoneuroendocrinology

Dickenson, J. A., Alley, J. C., Diamond, L. M. (in press).  Subjective and oxytocinergic responses to mindfulness are associated with subjective and oxytocinergic responses to sexual arousal.  Frontiers in Psychology: Health Psychology

Diamond, L. M., Dickenson, J., & Blair, K. (2017). Stability of sexual attractions across different time scales: The roles of bisexuality and gender.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 193-204. Download

Diamond, L. M. (2017).  Wanting women: Sex, gender, and the specificity of sexual arousal. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 1181-1185. Download

Diamond, L. M. (2016).  Sexual fluidity in males and females. Current Sexual Health Reports, 8, 249-256. Download

Diamond, L. M. & Rosky, C. (2016).  Scrutinizing “immutability”: Research on sexual orientation and its role in legal advocacy for the rights of sexual minorities rights?  Journal of Sex Research, 53, 363-391. Download

Diamond, L. M. (2016).  Three critical questions for future research on lesbian relationships.  Journal of Lesbian Studies, 21, 1-14. Download

Diamond, L. M. (2012). The desire disorder in research on sexual orientation in women: Contributions of dynamical systems theory. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 73-83. Download

Diamond, L. M., Hicks, A. M., & Otter-Henderson, K. D. (2011). Individual differences in vagal regulation moderate associations betweeen daily affect and daily couple interactions. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 37, 731-744. Download

Diamond, L. M. & Wallen, K. (2011). Sexual-minority women's sexual motivation around the time of ovulation. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 40, 237-246. Download

Diamond, L.M., Fagundes, C. P., & Cribbet, M. R. (2012). Individual differences in adolescent sympathetic and parasympathetic functioning moderate associations between family environment and psychosocial adjustment. Developmental Psychology. Download

Diamond, L. M. (2008). Female bisexuality from adolescence to adulthood: Results from a 10-year longitudinal study. Developmental Psychology, 44, 5-14. Download

Diamond, L. M., & Dickenson, J. (2012). The neuroimaging of love and desire: Review and future directions. Clinical Neuropsychiatry, 9, 39-46. Download

Diamond, L. M., Hicks, A. M., and Otter-Henderson, K. D. (2008). Every time you go away: Changes in affect, behavior, and physiology associated with travel-related separations from romantic partners. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology,95, 385-403. Download

My Current Graduate Students

Jenna Alley

Last Updated: 6/4/21