Jennifer A. Vencill, PhD

Assistant Professor, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)

Jennifer A. Vencill

Contact Info

jvencill@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-625-1500

Assistant Professor, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)

Coordinator, Relationship and Sex Therapy Program, Program in Human Sexuality (PHS)


Michael E. Metz Research & Clinical Fellowship in Sexual Health, University of Minnesota

PhD, Texas Tech University

Summary

Jennifer A. Vencill, PhD, is an assistant professor and licensed psychologist at the Program in Human Sexuality. Her research interests include health disparities and minority stress in marginalized sexual communities, mixed orientation relationships, and women’s sexual health. Dr. Vencill’s clinical training has included psychotherapy and assessment experience in community clinics, university counseling centers, and both inpatient and outpatient medical settings. Her clinical interests include sexual health and functioning, gender and sexual identity development, couples/relationship concerns, and sexual trauma/abuse recovery. Dr. Vencill sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Positive Sexuality and is current president of the Society for the Psychology of Women’s Section on Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns. She received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from Texas Tech University and was the first Michael E. Metz Postdoctoral Fellow at the Program in Human Sexuality.

Expertise

Sexual health and functioning, gender and sexual identity development, couples/relationship concerns, and sexual trauma/abuse recovery.

Research

Publications

Vencill, J. A. & Wiljamaa, S. J. (2016). From MOM to MORE: Emerging research on mixed orientation relationships. Current Sexual Health Reports, 8, 206-212. doi: 10.1007/s11930-016-0081-2

Vencill, J. A. (2016). [Review of the book Is My Husband Gay, Straight, or Bi?: A Guide for Women Concerned About Their Men, by J. Kort & A. Morgan]. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1194150

Vencill, J. A. (2016). [Review of the book Sex Made Easy, by D. Herbenick]. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 42, 384-385. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1176839

Vencill JA. Book review: it hurts down there: the bodily imaginaries of female genital pain. Psychology of Women Quarterly. 2016;40(3):467-8.

Vencill, J. A., Tebbe, E., & Garos, S. (2015). It’s not the size of the boat or the motion of the ocean: The role of self-objectification, appearance anxiety, and depression in female sexual functioning.Psychology of Women Quarterly, 39, 471-483. doi: 10.1177/0361684315587703

Beggan JK, Vencill JA, Garos S. Vulnerable but aloof versus naughty and nice: contrasting the presentation of male and female nude models in Viva and Playboy. J Sex Res. 2014;51(3):265-79.

Beggan JK, Vencill JA, Garos S. The good-in-bed effect: college students' tendency to see themselves as better than others as a sex partner. J Psychol. 2013;147(5):415-34.