Shari Blumenstock

Graduate student Shari Blumenstock

Title/Department: Postdoctoral Fellow, Human Development and Family Studies

Office Address: 4166 Nancy Nicholas Hall




Originally studying to become a mechanical engineer, I switched to the field of Psychology to combine my passion for rigorous science with my fascination with romantic and sexual relationships. My current research focuses on sexuality within romantic relationships, with an emphasis on sexual desire, pleasure, and partner influences.

I am deeply committed to science as an ever-evolving method of producing and understanding knowledge, and thus as a system that continually requires careful scrutiny and critical self-examination. I’m also passionate about using science to help others become more empowered and intentional in their relationships, particularly when it comes to sex. I strive to become a lifelong relationship and sexuality scientist, contributing to knowledge, as well as methodological advancements, in the field.


Blumenstock, S. M.& Papp, L. M. (2019). Momentary sexual enjoyment: The dyadic roles of relationship satisfaction and contraception among mixed-gender dating couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Blumenstock, S. M., Quinn-Nilas, C., Milhausen, R. & McKay, A. (2019) High Emotional and Sexual Satisfaction among Partnered Midlife Canadians: Associations with Relationship Characteristics, Sexual Activity and Communication, and Health. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Blumenstock, S. M.& DeLamater, J. (2019) “Sexuality Across the Life Course.” Oxford Bibliographiesin “Sociology.” Ed. Lynette Spillman. New York: Oxford University Press.

Blumenstock, S. M.& Papp, L. M. (2017) Sexual distress and marital quality of newlyweds: An investigation of sociodemographic moderators. Family Relations, 66, 794-808.

Hartley, S., Papp, L. M., Blumenstock, S. M., Floyd, F. & Goetz, G. (2016) The effect of daily challenges in children with Autism on parents’ couple problem-solving interactions. Journal of Family Psychology, 30, 732-742.

Papp, L. M., & Blumenstock, S. M.(2016). Momentary affect and risky behavior correlates of prescription drug misuse among young adult dating couples: An experience sampling study. Addictive Behaviors, 53, 161-167.


Consulting editor:
Journal of Sex Research

Professional memberships:
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS;
International Association for Relationship Research (IARR;
American Psychological Association (APA;