Zoë Peterson


Counseling and Educational Psychology
Academic Programs:
Counseling; Counseling Psychology
ED 4056
(812) 856-8063

About Me

I earned a Ph.D. in Psychology with a Clinical emphasis and a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of Kansas. I completed a clinical-research postdoctoral fellowship at IU’s Kinsey Institute before taking a tenure-track position at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. I came back to IU in 2018 as an Associate Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program and Director of the Sexual Assault Research Initiative at the Kinsey Institute.

My research interests are in the areas of gender and human sexuality, with a particular focus on investigating experiences of unwanted, coerced, and nonconsensual sex from the perspectives of both victims and perpetrators.

I was the editor of the Wiley Handbook of Sex Therapy, and I served as Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research from 2013-2019. I was elected and served as President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality for 2019-2021.

I also am a Licensed Psychologist with an emphasis in sex therapy and feminist, constructivist, and solution-focused approaches to therapy. I will not be accepting new doctoral students for Fall 2023.

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