The Kinsey Institute 

Kinsey Institute Staff Publications

C. Sue Carter, Ph.D.
Executive director

This list of articles, books, and book chapters represents the work of staff and researchers during their affiliation with the Kinsey Institute. Publications are divided by directors' eras to facilitate browsing through the list. Within eras, publications are listed in reverse chronological order and alphabetically by lead author.

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In Press

Feeley, N., Zelkowitz, P., Gold, I., Hayton, B., Carter, C.S., Tulandi, T., Joseph, L., & Libman, E. (In review). A prospective study of the predictors of PTSD symptoms among women 2 months after childbirth.

Garcia, J. R., Gesselman, A. N., Siliman, S. A., Perry, B. L., Coe, K., & Fisher, H. E. (in press). Sexting among U.S. singles: Prevalence of sending, receiving, and sharing sexual messages and images. Sexual Health.

Gesselman, A.N., Garcia, J. R., & Webster, G. D. (In press). Has Virginity Lost Its Virtue? Relationship Stigma Associated with Being a Sexually Inexperienced Adult. Journal of Sex Research.

Gray, P., Franco, C., Garcia, J. R., Gesselman, A. N., & Fisher, H. E. (in press). Romantic dating attitudes and behaviors among single parents in the U.S. Personal Relationships.

Haupert, M., Gesselman, A. N., Moors, A. C., Fisher, H. E., & Garcia, J. R. (in press). Prevalence of experiences with consensual non-monogamous relationships: Findings from two nationally representative samples of single Americans. Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Mark, K.P., Garcia, J.R., & Fisher, H.E. (In press). Emotional and sexual satisfaction across sexual relationship contexts: Gender and sexual orientation differences and similarities.The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality.

Webster, G. D., Gesselman, A. N., & Crosier, B. C. (in press). Avoidant adult attachment negatively relates to classroom popularity: Social Network Analysis support for the Parent-Partner-Peer Attachment Transfer Model. Personality and Individual Differences.


Carter, C.S., & Porges, S.W. (2016). Neural mechanisms underlying human-animal interactions: An evolutionary perspective. In: The Social Neuroscience of Animal-Human Interactions. Ed: L. S. Freund, S. McCune, L. Eposito, N. R. Gee & P. McCardle. APA Books: Washington, DC.

Crosby, R. A., Graham, C. A., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., Milhausen, R. R., & Mena, L. (2016). Measures of attitudes toward and communication about condom use: Their relationships with sexual risk among young Black MSM. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 43(2), 94-98.

Fales, M.R., Frederick, D.A., Garcia, J.R., Gildersleeve, K.A., Haselton, M.G., & Fisher, H.E. (2016). Mating markets and bargaining hands: Mate preferences for attractiveness and resources in two national U.S. studies. Personality and Individual Differences, 88, 78-87.

Kenkel, W.M. & Carter, C.S. 2016. Voluntary exercise facilitates pair-bonding in male prairie voles. Behavioral Brain Research, 296, 326-330. Doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.09.028. PMID: 26409174.

Massey, S.H., Schuette, S.A., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., Wisner, K.L., & Carter, C.S. 2016. Interaction of oxytocin level and past depression may predict postpartum depressive symptom severity. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, March 8 (Epub ahead of print). PMID 26957508.

Perry, A.N., Carter, C.S., & Cushing, B.S. 2016. Chronic social isolation enhances reproduction in the monogamous prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). Psychoneuroendocrinology, 68, 20-28. PMID: 26939085.

Rubin, L.H., Connelly, J.J., Reilly, J.L. Carter, C.S., Drogos, L., Pournjafi-Nazarloo, H., Ruocco, A.C., Keedy, S.K., Matthew, I. Tandon, N. Pearlson, G.D., Clementz, B.A., Tamminga, C.A., Gershon, E. S., Keshavan, M.S., Bishop, J.R., & Sweeney, J.A. 2016. Sex and diagnosis specific associations between DNA methylation of the oxytocin receptor gene with emotion processing and temporal-limbic and prefrontal brain volumes in psychotic disorders. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 1, 141-151. PMID: 26977453.

Yee, J.R., Kenkel, W.M., Frijling, J.L., Dodhia, S., Onishi, K.G., Tovar, S., Saber, M.J., Lewis, G.F., Liu, W., Porges, S.W., Carter, C.S. 2016. Oxytocin promotes functional coupling between paraventricular nucleus and both sympathetic and parasympathetic cardioregulatory nuclei. Hormones and Behavior, 80, 82-91. PMID: 26836772.

Yee, J.R., Kenkel, W.M., Kulkarni, P., Moore, K., Perkeybile, A.M., Toddes, S., Amacker, J., Carter, C.S., & Ferris, C.F. 2016. BOLD fMRI in awake prairie voles: A platform for translational social and affective neuroscience. NeuroImage.


Bell, A.F., Carter, C.S., Steer, C.D., Golding, J., Davis, J.M., Steffen, A.D., Rubin, L.H., Lillard, T.S., Gregory, S.P., Harris, J.C. and Connelly, J.J. (2015). Interaction between oxytocin receptor DNA methylation and genotype is associated with risk of postpartum depression in women without depression in pregnancy. Frontiers in Genetics. 6:243.

Coe, K., Garcia, J.R., & Begley, R.O. (2015). Commentary: Art, Aesthetics, and Evolution. ASEBL Journal, 11(2), 41-42.

Crosby, R. A., Graham, C.A., Mena, L., Yarber, W. L., Sanders, S. A., Milhausen, R. R., & Geter, A. (2015). Brief Report. Circumcision status is not associated with condom use and prevalence of sexually transmitted infections among young Black MSM. AIDS & Behavior, doi: 10.1007/s10461-015-1212.

Crosby, R. A., Mena, L. Yarber, W. L., Graham, C.A., Sanders, S. A., & Milhausen, R. R. (2015). Condom use errors and problems: A comparative study of HIV-positive versus HIV-negative young Black MSM. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 42 (11), 634-636. doi 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000356.

Garcia, J.R., Escasa-Dorne, M., Gesselman, A.N., & Gray, P.B. (2015). Individual differences in women’s salivary testosterone and estradiol following sexual activity in a non-laboratory setting. International Journal of Sexual Health, 27(4):406-417.

Garcia, J.R. & Fisher, H.E. (2015). Why we hook up: Searching for sex or looking for love?. In S. Tarrant (Ed.), Gender, Sex, and Politics: In the Streets and Between the Sheets in the 21st Century. New York: Routledge.

Garcia, J.R., Seibold-Simpson, S.M., Massey, S.G., & Merriwether, A.M. (2015). Casual sex: Integrating social, behavioral, and sexual health research. In J. DeLamater & R.F. Plante (Eds.), Handbook of the Sociology of Sexualities. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Garfield, L., Giurgescu, C.,Carter, C.S., Holditch-Davis, BL, McFarlin, BL (2015) Depressive symptoms in the second trimester relate to low oxytocin levels in African-American women: a pilot study Archives of women's mental health 18 (1), 123-129.

Garfield, L., Holditch-Davis, D., Carter, C.S., McFarlin, B.L. Schwertz, D., Seng, J.S., Giurgescu, C., & White-Traut, R. 2015. Risk factors for postpartum depressive symptons in low-income women with very low-birth-weight infants. Advances in Neonatal Care Feb:15(1):E 3-8. PMID: 25626986.

Gouin, J.P., Pournajafi-Nazarloo, H., & Carter, C.S. 2015. Changes in social functioning and circulating oxytocin and vasopressin following the migration to a new country. Physiology and Behavior 139:67-72. PMID: 25446216.

Gray, P.B., Garcia, J.R., Crosier, B.S., & Fisher, H.E. (2015). Dating and sexual behavior among single parents of young children in the United States. Journal of Sex Research, 52(2), 121-128.

Gray, P.B., Volsche, S.L., Garcia, J.R., & Fisher, H.E. (2015) The Roles of Pet Dogs and Cats in Human Courtship and Dating, Anthrozoös, 28:4, 673-683, DOI: 10.1080/08927936.2015.1064216

Gregory, R., Cheng, H., Rupp, H.A., Sengelaub, D.R. and Heiman, J.R. 2015. Oxytocin increases VTA activation to infant and sex stimuli in nulliparous and postpartum women. Hormones and Behavior. 69: 82-88.

Hill, B.J., Sanders, S.A., Crosby, R., Ingelhart, K.N., Janssen, E. (2015). Condom-associated erection problems (CAEP): Behavioral responses and attributions in young, heterosexual men. Sexual Health. doi: 10.1071/SH14051.

Jankowiak, W. R., Volsche, S. L. and Garcia, J. R. (2015). Is the Romantic–Sexual Kiss a Near Human Universal? American Anthropologist, 117: 535–539. doi:10.1111/aman.12286

Jonason, P.K., Garcia, J.R., Webster, G.D., Li, N.P., and Fisher, H.E. (2015). Relationship Dealbreakers: Traits People Avoid in Potential Mates. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Oct 7, 2015. doi: 10.1177/0146167215609064

Kenkel, W.M., Yee, J.R., Porges, S.W., Ferris, C.F., Carter, C.S. 2015. Cardioacceleeration in alloparents in response to stimuli from prairie vole pups: The significance of thermoregulation.  Behavioural Brain Research  Epub 2015. Feb 23. PMID: 25721742.

Kruger, D.J., Fisher, M.L., Fitzgerald, C.J., Garcia, J.R., Geher, G., Guitar, A.E. (2015). Sexual and emotional aspects are distinct components of infidelity and unique predictors of anticipated distress. Evolutionary Psychological Sciences, 1(1), 44-51.

Katie Lancaster, C. Sue Carter, Hossein Pournajafi-Nazarloo, Themistoclis Karaoli, Travis S. Lillard, Allison Jack, John M. Davis, James P. Morris, Jessica J. Connelly. 2015. Plasma oxytocin explains individual differences in neural substrates of social perception. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 2015; 9. DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00132

Lorenz, T.K., Demas, G.E, and Heiman, J.R. 2015. Interaction of menstrual cycle phase and sexual activity predicts mucosal and systemic humoral immunity in healthy women.Physiology of Behavior. 1;152(Pt A):92-8. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2015.09.018.

Lorenz, T.K, Heiman, J.R., and Demas, G.E. 2015. Sexual activity modulates shifts in TH1/TH2 cytokine profile across the menstrual cycle: an observational study. Fertility and Sterility. S0015-0282(15)01885-3. doi: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.09.001.

Lorenz TK, McGregor BA, Vitzthum VJ. 2015. “Presence of young children at home may moderate development of hot flashes during the menopausal transition.”  Menopause22(4):448-52.

Lorenz, T.K., Worthman, C.M., Vitzthum, V.J. (2015). Links among inflammation, sexual activity and ovulation: Evolutionary trade-offs and clinical implications. Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/emph/eov029

Milich KM, Deimel C, Schaebs FS, Thornburg J, Deschner T, Vitzthum VJ. 2015 “Links between breast cancer and birth weight: an empirical test of the hypothesized association between size at birth and premenopausal adult progesterone concentrations.”  Hormones & Cancer. 2015 Apr 17.

Sanders, S., Hill, B.J., Janssen, E., Graham, C.A., Crosby, R.A., Milhausen, R.R., and Yarber, W.L. 2015. General Erectile Functioning among Young, Heterosexual Men Who Do and Do Not Report Condom-Associated Erection Problems (CAEP) The Journal of Sexual MedicineDOI: 10.1111/jsm.12964

Swartzendurber, A. Murray, S. H., Sales, J. M., Milhausen, R. R., Sanders, S. A., Graham, C. A., DiClemente, R. J., & Wingood, G. M. (2015). The influence of sexual arousability on partner communication mediators of condom use among African American female adolescents, Sexual Health, doi: 10.1071/SH15019. [Epub ahead of print]

Vitzthum, VJ 2015 “Fitness.” International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality.  Wiley Press. P708

Weisman, O., Agerbo, E., Carter, C.S., Harris, J.C., Uldbjerg, N., Henriksen, T.B., Thygesen, M., Mortensen, P.B., Leckman, J.F., & Dalsgaard, S. 2015. Oxytocin-augmented labor and risk for autism in males. Behavioral Brain Research May 1:284:207-212. PMID: 25707712.

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