Abby Girard, PsyD

Postdoctoral fellow, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)

Abby Girard

Contact Info

girar023@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-625-1500

Office Address:
1300 South 2nd St
Suite 180
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Postdoctoral fellow, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)


Michael E. Metz Fellowship in Couples' Sexual Health, University of Minnesota

PsyD, Marital and Family Therapy, Alliant International University

MA, Marital and Family Therapy, University of San Diego

Summary

Abby Girard, PsyD, is the current Michael E. Metz postdoctoral fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality, with research and clinical work centered on couples’ sexual health. Her dissertation research focused on the role of infidelity typologies in predicting attachment anxiety and avoidance. Her clinical training has included psychotherapy experience in community counseling centers, outpatient sexual medicine clinics, and treating individuals and couples in private practice. Dr. Girard’s areas of interest include sexual health and functioning, sexual desire discrepancy, compulsive sexual behavior, gender and sexual identity development, couples/relationship intimacy concerns, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and social justice advocacy. Dr. Girard received her MA in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and her Psy.D. in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University.

Research

Publications

Girard, A., Connor, J.J., Wooley, S. (in press). An exploratory study of the role of infidelity typologies in predicting attachment anxiety and avoidance. Submitted to Journal of Marital & Family Therapy, January 29, 2018.

Girard, A., & Woolley, S. (2016). Using Emotionally Focused Therapy to treat sexual desire discrepancy in couples. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. doi: 10.1080/0092623x.2106.1263703

Girard, A., & Brownlee, A. (2015). Assessment guidelines and clinical implications for therapists working with couples in sexually open marriages. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 30, 1–13. doi:10.1080/14681994.2015.1028352