Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health
Executive Director, Women’s Health Research Institute (WHRI)
phone: 6048754260
work phone: 6048754111 ext:68898

Biography

Dr. Brotto is an academic psychologist funded by the CIHR, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Canadian Pain Society, National Vulvodynia Association, and other foundations. She is frequently sought after for media coverage of sexual health related topics and is actively involved in knowledge dissemination.

Teaching

Sexual health interviewing for medical students and obgyn residents. Supervisor for psychology residency.

Research Interests/Skills

My program of research focuses on women’s sexual health, broadly speaking. Specific lines of research focus on the development and testing of mindfulness-based and psychological treatments for women’s

Publications
  •                 Brotto, L. A., & Yule, M. (2017). Asexuality: Sexual orientation, paraphilia, sexual dysfunction, or none of the above? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 619-627. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0802-7  
  •          Brotto, L. A., & Yule, M. A. (2017). Response to commentaries. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(3), 653-657. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-0974-9
  •          Brotto, L. A. (2017). Evidenced-based treatments for low sexual desire in women. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 45, 11-17. doi: 10.1016/j.yfrne.2017.02.001
  •                  Arora, N., & Brotto, L. A. (2017). How does paying attention improve sexual function in women? A review of mechanisms. Sexual Medicine Reviews. doi: 10.1016/j.sxmr.2017.01.005           
  •                   Li-Yun-Fong, R.J., Larouche, M., Hyakutake, M., Koening, N., Lovatt, C., Geoffrion, R., Brotto, L. A., Lee, T., & Cundiff, G. W. (2017). Is pelvic floor dysfunction an independent threat to sexual function? A cross-sectional study in women with pelvic floor dysfunction. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, 226-237. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.11.323
  •                    Yule, M. A., Brotto, L. A., & Gorzalka, B.B. (2017). Human asexuality: What do we know about the lack of sexual attraction? Current Sexual Health Reports, 9(1), 50-56. doi: 10.1007/s11930-017-0100-y
  •          Chivers, M. L., Basson, R.,  Brotto, L. A., Graham, C. A., Stephenson, K. R., (2017). Statistical and epistemological issues in the evaluation of treatment efficacy of pharmaceutical, psychological and combination treatments for women’s sexual desire difficulties. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43(3) 210-217. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1266538
  •                   Yule, M. A., Brotto, L. A., & Gorzalka, B. B. (2017). Sexual fantasy and masturbation among asexual individuals: An in-depth exploration. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46, 311–328. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0870-8
  •          Brotto, L. A., Basson, R., Chivers, M. L., Graham, C. A., Pollock, P., Stephenson, K. R. (2017). Challenges in designing psychological treatment studies for sexual dysfunction.  Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43(3), 191-200.  doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1212294 
  •          Brotto, L. A., Dunkley, C., Breckon, E., Carter, J., Brown, C., Daniluk, J., & Miller, D. (2017). Integrating quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate an online psychoeducational program for sexual difficulties in colorectal and gynecologic cancer survivors. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43(7), 645-662.  doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1230805
  •          Sadownik, L. A., Smith, K. B., Hui, A., & Brotto, L. A. (2017). The impact of a woman’s dyspareunia, and its treatment, on her intimate partner: A qualitative analysis. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43(6), 529-542. doi:10.1080/0092623X.2016.1208697 
  •          Chivers, M. L., & Brotto, L. A. (2017). Controversies of women’s sexual arousal and desire. European Psychologist, 22(1), 5-26. doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000274
  •          Paterson, L. Q. P., Handy, A. B., & Brotto, L. A. (2017).  A pilot study of 8-session mindfulness-based cognitive therapy adapted for women’s sexual interest/arousal disorder. Journal of Sex Research, 54(7), 850-861. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1208800
  •          Therrien, S., & Brotto, L. A. (2016). A critical examination of the relationship between vaginal orgasm consistency and measures of psychological and sexual functioning and sexual concordance in women with sexual dysfunction.  Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 25(2), 109-118. doi: 10.3138/cjhs.252-A2
  •          Dunkley, C. R., Gorzalka, B. B., & Brotto, L. A. (2016).   Disordered eating and sexual insecurities in young women. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 25(2), 138-147. doi http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.252-A6 
  •          O’Sullivan, L. F., Byers, E. S., Brotto, L. A., Majerovich, J. A., Fletcher, J. (2016). A longitudinal study of problems in sexual functioning and related sexual distress among middle to late adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health, 59(3), 318-324. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.05.001
  •          Byers, E. S., O’Sullivan, L. F., & Brotto, L. A. (2016). Time out from sex or romance: Sexually experienced adolescents’ decisions to purposefully avoid sexual activity or romantic relationships. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 45, 831-845. doi: 10.1007/s10964-016-0447-9
  •                    Smith, K. B., Sadownik, L. A., Basson, R., Isaacson, J., & Brotto, L. A. (2016). Clinicians’ perspectives and experiences regarding maternity care of women with vulvodynia. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 38(9), 811-819. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jogc.2016.04.008
  •          Dang, S., Chang, S., & Brotto, L. A. (2017). The lived experiences of sexual desire among Chinese-Canadian men and women. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43(4), 306-325. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1149129
  •           Loutfy, M., Greene, S., Kennedy, V. L., Lewis, J., Thomas-Pavanel, J., Conway, T., . . . CHIWOS Research Team. (2016). Establishing the Canadian HIV women’s sexual and reproductive health cohort study (CHIWOS): Operationalizing community-based research in a large national quantitative study. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 16(1), 101. 
  •           Brotto, L. A., Chivers, M. L., Millman, R., & Albert, A. (2016) Mindfulness-based sex therapy improves genital-subjective arousal concordance in women with sexual desire/arousal difficulties. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45(8), 1907-1921. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0689-8
  •          Brotto, L., Atallah, S., Johnson-Agbakwu, C., Rosenbaum , T., Abdo, C., Byers, S., Graham, C., Nobre, P. & Wylie, K. (2016). Psychological and interpersonal dimensions of sexual function and dysfunction. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 538-571. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.01.019
  •           Atallah, S., Johnson-Agbakwu, C., Rosenbaum, R., Abdo, C., Byers, E. S., Graham, C. A., Nobre, P., Wylie, K., & Brotto, L. (2016). Ethical and socio-cultural aspects of sexual function and dysfunction in both sexes. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 591- 606. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.01.021
  •           Hocaloski, S., Elliott, S., Brotto, L. A., Breckon, E. & McBride, K. (2016). A mindfulness psychoeducational group intervention targeting sexual adjustment for women with Multiple Sclerosis and spinal cord injury: A pilot study. Sexuality and Disability, 34(2), 183-198. doi: 10.1007/s11195-016-9426-z 
  •          Williams, C., Hoang, L., Yosef, A., Alotaibi, F., Allaire, C., Brotto, L. A., Fraser, I., Bedaiwy, M., Ng, T., Lee, A. & Yong, P. (2016). Nerve bundles and deep dyspareunia in endometriosis. Reproductive Science, 23(7), 892-901. doi: 10.1177/1933719115623644
  •          Dunkley C. R. & Brotto L. A. (2016). Psychological treatments for provoked vestibulodynia: Integration of mindfulness-based and cognitive behavioural therapies. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(7), 637-650. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22286
  •                   Tracy, M., McDivitt, K., Ryan, M., Tomlinson, J., & Brotto, L. A. (2016). Feasibility of a sexual health clinic within cancer care: A pilot study using qualitative methods. Cancer Nursing, 39(4), E32-E43. doi: 10.1097/NCC.0000000000000295
  •          Brotto, L. A., Brundage, M., Hoskins, P., Vergote, I., Cervantes, A., Casado, A., Poveda, A., Eisenhauer, E., & Tu, D.  (2016). Randomized study of sequential Cisplatin Topotecan/Carboplatin-Paclitaxel versus Carboplatin-Paclitaxel:  Effects on Quality of Life. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24,12411249. doi 10.1007/s00520-015-2873-8

 

 

Grants
  •      Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Scholars Theme Development Workshop.
    Establishing a UBC collaborative of mindfulness and contemplative practices research.  (2017).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Planning and Dissemination Grant.
    Improving consideration of sex and gender in clinical trials of cardiovascular disease.  (2016-2017).
    PIs: Brotto, L., & Pederson, A.
    Co-Is: Coen, S., Doull, M. J., Jull, J. E., Petkovic, J., Puil, L., Runnels, V. E., Shea, B. J., Welch, V. A., Yoganathan, M.
  •       Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Discovery Grant Program Award.
    Investigations into the neural underpinnings and biological correlates of asexuality. (2017-2022).
    PI: Brotto, L. A.
  •       Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Convening & Collaborating award.
    Transforming women’s health through research: A provincial research strategy. (2016-2018).
    PI: Brotto, L.
    Co-Is: Shaw, D., Ogilvie, G., Mitchell, S., & K. Dewar.
  •       Astrazeneca Canada Inc.
    Oncology clinic-based testing in British Columbia. (2016-2017).
    PIs: Brotto, L.A., & Schrader, I.
    CoI’s: Sun, S., Aubertin, G., Nuk, J.
  •      Canadian Foundation for Innovation / John R. Evans Leaders Fund – Partnerships, in collaboration with British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
    UBC Women’s Sexual and Vulvo-vaginal Health Research Facility. (2016-2017).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •      VCHRI 2015 Innovation and Translational Research Award.
    North America’s first Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program: Establishing a program of research to improve genital pain in BC women. (2015-2017).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Smith, K. & Sadownik, L.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating grant.
    Randomized comparison of mindfulness versus group support for treatment of low sexual desire in women. (2014-2019).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Chivers, M., Lalumière, M. & Schonert-Reichl, K.
  •       Leslie Diamond Foundation.
    Ending unvoiced pain: A comprehensive, multidisciplinary program for women’s genital pain.  (2013).
    PIs: Brotto, L.A., Sadownik, L., & Thomson, S.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dissemination Grant.
    Exporting an effective and feasible multidisciplinary vulvodynia program to the community. (2013-2014).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Sadownik, L.A., Klein, C.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Dissemination Grant.
    Innovations in gynaecologic specialties: Translating science into improved health for Canadian women. (2013-2014).
    PI: Brotto, L. A.
    Co-Is: Allaire, C., Cundiff, G., Geoffrion, R., Lazare, D., Money, D., Smith, K., Wilkie, D., Williams, C., Yong, P.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.
    Integrated Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Provoked Vestibulodynia.  (2012- 2015).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Bergeron, S., Grabovac, A., Sadownik, L., Smith, K., Driscoll, M.
  •       National Vulvodynia Association, Medical Research Fund.
    Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Pain Outcomes among Women with Vulvodynia. (2011-2015).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Smith, K.B., Basson, R., Sadownik, L.A.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.
    Stress Hormones, Mood and Women’s Sexual Desire. (2011-2015).
    PIs: Brotto, L.A., & Basson, R.
    Co-Is: Petkau, A., Rellini, A.H., Weinberg, J., Young, A.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Catalyst Grant.
    Online psychoeducational treatment for sexual dysfunction in cancer survivors. (2010-2014).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Miller, D., & Brown, C.
  •       BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network Seed Grant.
    Biological markers of asexuality. (2010).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network Development Grant.
    Multidisciplinary vulvodynia research program. (2010).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Sadownik, L., Thomson, S.
  •       Hampton Research Fund Endowment.
    Sex, memory, and culture. (2009-2011).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Gorzalka, B.B. & Ryder, A.G.
  •       Women’s Health Research Institute Catalyst Grant.
    The IMPROVED study: Integrated mindfulness for provoked vestibulodynia. (2009-2010).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Knudson, G., Sadownik, L., & Thomson, S.
  •       Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Grant-in-Aid Program.
    Exploring acculturation and attitudes in Chinese women’s reproductive health behaviours.  (2008-2009).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Canadian Pain Society.
    Physician outreach and education about vulvodynia and the new Multidisciplinary Vulvodynia Program (MVP). (2008).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Leslie Diamond Foundation.
    Ending unvoiced pain: A comprehensive, multidisciplinary program for women’s genital pain. (2008-2014).
    PIs: Brotto, L.A., Sadownik, L., & Thomson, S.
  •       British Columbia Medical Services Foundation Grant.
    Group psychoeducational treatment for women with sexual arousal and desire difficulties. (2007-2012).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Knudson, G., & Luria, M.
  •            Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.
    Advanced ovarian cancer and sexuality. (2006-2011).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Ehlen, T., Heywood, M., Hoskins, P. Miller, D., Pike, J., Plante, M, Stuart, G., Swenerton, P.
  •          HeRRO CIHR Seed Funds.
    Cancer health behaviours, attitudes towards sexuality, and acculturation: Decreasing disparities in East Asian women. (2006).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Barroetavena, M.C., & Gorzalka, B.
  •           Hampton Fund Research Grant in the Humanities and Social Sciences
    The role of acculturation in the interaction between barriers to cancer screening and sexuality-related beliefs and behaviours. (2006-2008).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Barroetavena, M.C., Gorzalka, B.B.
  •       British Columbia Cancer Agency.
    Exploring Damocles Syndrome (fear of cancer recurrence) in patients and health care providers. (2006).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •       Faculty of Medicine, Spring Start Up Funds.
    Efficacy of psychoeducation and Zestra™ for sexual dysfunction after radiation therapy. (2005).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
  •           Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research, Establishment Grant.
    Cervical cancer and sexuality: Effects of a psychoeducational intervention and sildenafil on sexual arousal, relationship satisfaction and quality of life after hysterectomy.  (2004-2006).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Thompson, S., Miller, D.
  •       Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant.
    Cervical cancer and sexuality: Effects of a psychoeducational intervention and sildenafil on sexual arousal, relationship satisfaction, and quality of life after hysterectomy.  (2004-2008).
    PI: Brotto, L.A.
    Co-Is: Basson, R., Thompson, S., Miller, D.

Awards

  •                 Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association (2016).
  •                 Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health, Tier 2 (2016-2021).
  •                 The Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award for Bogaert & Brotto (2014) “Object of Desire Self-Consciousness Theory”, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 40, 323-338. Sponsored by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (2015).
  •                 UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Clinical and Applied Research (2015).
  •                 Nominated to receive the UBC President’s Award for Public Education through Media (2014).
  •                 Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Early Career Scholar (2011-2012).
  •                 Nominated to receive the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Health and Active Living Category (2009).
  •                 International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Prize Essay Award Recipient (2008).