Donald S. Strassberg, Ph.D.

ABPP, Professor, Clinical Psychology

Contact Information

Office: 1327 BEHS
Phone: (801) 581-7559

Research Interests

Sexual Function/DysfunctionObjective Personality Assessment
Cognitive Therapy

Opportunities For Students

We are an APA-approved Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology. We attempt to select students with research interests that match those of one or more of our faculty. The students whom I advise tend to have research and clinical interests in the general area of human sexuality. Research done by these students in recent years has focused on such topics as the Development of Sexual Orientation, the Effects of Exposure to Sexually Explicit Material, the Use of Plethysmography in the Assessment of Sexual Arousal, Medical Treatment for Premature Ejaculation, the Impact of Viagra on the User and His Partner, and Predictors of Treatment Success for Sex Offenders.For students working with me, our program is well suited for those looking to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and who wish to focus their research training on issues associated with sexuality and/or psychological assessment. While our Clinical program allows for significant flexibility in emphasis along the Scientist-Practitioner continuum, all of our students are expected to develop high levels of competency as both researchers and clinicians. As with all APA-approved clinical programs, ours is quite competitive. We receive applications from many more qualified students than we can admit to our program. But, if you have a good GPA, good GRE scores, and good letters of recommendation, I strongly encourage you to apply. We look particularly favorably upon those applicants who, in addition to the qualifications I've already mentioned, also have had at least some research and applied (i.e., clinical) experiences, the more the better.


Fellow, Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy (1982-1983)
Post-doc, Cornell University (Human Sexuality Program, 1982-1983)
Ph.D., George Peabody College (1975)
M.A., University of New Hampshire (1969)
B.A., Hunter College in the Bronx (1967)

Selected Publications

Strassberg, D.S. (2007). The voluntary control of genital response, arousal, and orgasm. In E. Janssen (Ed.), Methodological Approaches In Reproductive Psychophysiology (pp. 327 - 342). Bloomington, Indiana: University of Indiana Press.

Strassberg, D.S. (2007). Interactive Processes in Ejaculatory Disorders--Psychophysiological Considerations, A Reply to Rowland, Tai, & Brummet. In E. Janssen (Ed.), Methodological Approaches In Reproductive Psychophysiology (pp. 274 - 276). Bloomington, Indiana: University of Indiana Press.

Roback, H.B., Strassberg, D.S., Iannelli, R.J., Finlayson, A.J.R., Blanco, M., & Neufeld, R. (2007). Problematic Physicians: A Comparison of Personality Profiles by Offense Type. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. Download

Strassberg, D.S. (2006). A Candle in the Wind: Spitzer's Study of Reparative Therapy. In J. Drescher & K. Zucker (Eds.), Ex-Gay Research: Analyzing the Spitzer Study and Its Relation to Science, Religion, Politics, and Culture. Harrington Park Press.

Kelly, M.P., Strassberg, D.S., & Turner, C.M. (2006). Behavioral assessment of couples’ communication in female orgasmic disorder. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 32, 81 - 95. Download

Strassberg, D.S. (2005). Erectile Dysfunction, in N.J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Human Development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Oaks, CA

Strassberg, D.S. and Reynolds, S.A. (2005). A recidivism risk measure as a predictor of sex offender treatment completion. Journal of Sexual Offender Civil Commitment: Science and the Law, 1, 11 - 16.

My current graduate students

Kelsey Sewell