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


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.


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


O’Sullivan, L. F., Brotto, L. A.,Byers, E. B., Majerovich, J., &Wuest, J. A. (In Press).  Prevalence and characteristics of sexual functioning among sexually experienced middle to late adolescents. Journal of Sexual Medicine.


Brotto, L. A., Basson, R., Smith, K. B. S., Driscoll, M.,&Sadownik, L. A.  (In Press). Mindfulness-based group therapy for women with Provoked Vestibulodynia. Mindfulness.DOI 10.1007/s12671-013-0273-z


Yule, M. A., Brotto, L. A., &Gorzalka, B. B. (2014). Biological markers of asexuality: Handedness, birth order, and finger length ratios in self-identified asexual men and women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 299-310. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-013-0175-0


Brotto, L. A., Sadownik, L., Thomson, S., Dayan, M., Smith, K. B., Seal, B. N., Moses, M., & Zhang, A. (In Press). A comparison of Demographic and Psychosexual Characteristics of Women with Primary versus Secondary Provoked Vestibulodynia. Clinical Journal of Pain. DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e31829ea118


Chang, S.C.H., Woo, J.S.T., Yau, V., Gorzalka, B.B., & Brotto, L.A.(2013). Cervical cancer screening and Chinese women: Insights from focus groups. Frontiers in Cultural Psychology, 4, 1-10. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00048


Bogaert, A.F., & Brotto, L.A. (In Press). Object of desire self-consciousness theory. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2012.756841


Yule, M. A., Brotto, L.A., &Gorzalka, B.B. (2013).  Mental health and interpersonal functioning among asexual individuals. Psychology & Sexuality, 4, 136-151. DOI:10.1080/19419899.2013.774162


Brotto, L.A., Basson, R., Carlson, M., & Zhu, C. (2013) Impact of an integrated mindfulness and cognitive behavioural treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (IMPROVED):  A qualitative study. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. 28(1-2)3-19.DOI:10.1080/14681994.2012.686661


Brotto, L.A., Smith, K.B., Breckon, E., &Plante, M. (2013). Pilot study of radical hysterectomy versus radical trachelectomy on sexual distress. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 39(6), 510-525.DOI: 10.1080/0092623x.2012.667054



Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant

Integrated Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Provoked Vestibulodynia.

PI: Brotto, L.A. Co: Basson, R., Bergeron, S., Grabovac, A., Sadownik, L., Smith, K.


Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada

Pelvic floor muscle training for urinary incontinence in gynaecologic cancer survivors

PI: Campbell, K Co: Brotto, L.A., McAlpine, J., Finlayson, S., Lieblich, P., Wilson, P., Meena., S., Dayan, M.


Ovarian Cancer Canada

A randomized controlled trial of an online support group for sexual distress due to gynecologic cancer

PI: Classen, C. Co: Brotto, L.A., Barbera, L., Chivers, M., Robinson, J., Ferguson, S., Urowitz, S., Carter, J., Koval, J., Wiljer, D.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Randomized trial comparing radical hysterectomy and pelvic node dissection vs simple hysterectomy and pelvic node dissection in patients with low risk cervical cancer defined as lesions measuring less than 2 cm with less than 50% stromal invasion

PI: Meyer, R.M., Plante, M. Co: Brotto, L.A., Arseneau, J., Craighead, P., Mittmann, N., Atri, M., Ferguson, S., Stuart, G., Fyles, A., Tu, D., Brundage, M., Kwon, J.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Hot and Bothered? What to expect in Perimenopause

PI: Hitchcock, C.L. Co: Brotto, L.A., Prior, J.C., Brown, L.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant

A randomized controlled trial of an online support group for sexual distress due to gynecologic cancer

PI: Classen, C. Co: Barbera, L., Brotto, L.A., Carter, J., Chivers, M.L., Ferguson, S., Koval, J.J., Robinson, J. W., Urowitz, S., Wiljer, D.E.


National Vulvodynia Association, Medical Research Fund

Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Pain Outcomes among Women with Vulvodynia.

PI: Brotto, L. A. Co: Smith, K.B., Basson, R., Sadownik, L.A.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant

Stress Hormones, Mood and Women?s Sexual Desire.

PI: Basson, R. Co: Brotto, L.A., Petkau, A., Rellini, A.H., Weinberg, J., Young, A.


Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Operating Grant

Canadian HIV Women and Reproductive Health Cohort Study, a Canadian Observational Cohort (CANOC) Affiliated Study.

PI: Loutfy, M. Co: de Pokomandy, A. Hogg. R., Kaida, R. Co-Inv:  Anema, A., Angel, J., Baril, J.G.,  Brophy, J., Brotto, L.A., Gahagan, J., Kaushic, C., Klein, M., Leonard., L., Lima, V., Miller, C., Money, D., Ogilvie, G., Palmer, A., Pick, P., Raboud, J., Rachlis, A., Roth, E., Rouleau, D., Rourke, S., Tharao, W., Tremblay. C., Tsoukas, C., Walmsley, S., Yudin, M.


BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network Seed Grant

Biological markers of asexuality.

PI: Brotto, L.A. Co:


BC Mental Health and Addictions Research Network Development Grant

Multidisciplinary vulvodynia research program.

PI: Brotto, L.A. Co: Sadownik, L., Thomson, S.


British Columbia Cancer Agency

Exploring Damocles Syndrome (fear of cancer recurrence) in patients and health care providers

PI: Brotto, L.A. Co:

Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, Scholar, 2011-2012. International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Prize Essay Award Recipient Nominated to receive the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Health and Active Living Category