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Katie Dorman, Postdoctoral student

Katie studies health and wellbeing with a special focus on topics relating to sex and sexuality. Her master's thesis was "Perceptions of Sexual Pleasure and Consent in Emerging Adulthood: Implications for Well-Being". This research focused on the interconnected ideas of sexual pleasure and consent with special attention on sexual, mental and physical wellbeing during the Emerging Adult life stage.  Through this research, it was discovered that measures of sexual consent and pleasure are not widely researched or used. This led to the development and testing of scales and questionnaires that can be used in future research. Multiple scales were developed within the department to specifically measure ideas relating sexual pleasure, sex education, and mental/physical/sexual health, with the intention to add to the literature on the topic of youth and emerging adult sexual health and well-being.

Katie is now a first year PhD student in Youth Development and Family Science within the department. She hopes to continue her research from the master's program into her dissertation work. 

Citations:

Dorman, K., Barnett, R.V., Fogarty, K. & Ostebo, M. (2017). Perceptions of sexual pleasure and consent in emerging adults. Poster presented at the University of Florida Graduate Student Research Symposium, Gainesville, FL. (April 3, 2017.)
 
 
Dorman, K., Barnett, R.V., Fogarty, K. & Ostebo, M. (2017). Perceptions of sexual pleasure and consent in emerging adulthood: Implications for well-being. Poster presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adults Conference, Washington, DC. (November 4, 2017.)