Laurie Mintz, Ph.D., is a tenured Professor of the University of Florida (UF), the Associate Chairperson of the UF Psychology Department, and a licensed psychologist with over twenty 23 years of clinical experience. She completed a doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Ohio State University and an internship at the UC-Irvine Counseling Center. Over the course of her academic career, which has included faculty positions at the University of Southern California and the University of Missouri, Dr. Mintz has taught clinical coursework to graduate students including (but not limited to), Counseling Psychology Practicum and Issues in Sex Therapy. Each year at the University of Florida, she also teaches Psychology of Human Sexuality to over 150 undergraduate. She also supervises the research of graduate students in the APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program at UF. Along with her full-time academic position, for the last 20 some years, Dr. Mintz has also maintained a small part-time private practice working with adults and couples.
Dr. Mintz has published 46 articles in academic journals and 6 chapters in academic books. She has also presented about 70 papers at national and international conferences. Dr. Mintz has received numerous teaching awards and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Fellow status requires that a person's work has had a national impact on the field of psychology.
She is the author of A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex: Reclaim Your Desire and Reignite Your Relationship, which aims to help women re-gain their interest in sex. A study conducted by Dr. Mintz and her colleagues published in a prestigious, peer-reviewed academic journal found that women who read A Tired Woman's Guide to Passionate Sex increased their sexual desire, sexual arousal and satisfaction to a greater extent than did women in a control group, with gains in desire being maintained at 7-week follow-up. Dr. Mintz and her graduate students are currently involved in numerous other interventions studies including one examining the efficacy of her book compared to a placebo pill, the efficacy of a book designed to enhance the sexual agency of female college students, and the efficacy of a book designed to decrease maladaptive perfectionism.
Dr. Mintz has a passion for “giving psychology away.” She has been quoted in numerous high-circulation newspaper, magazines, and websites including Prevention, Glamour, the Chicago Tribune, Huffington Post, and Oprah.com. She has also been interviewed by CNN Headline News and several National Public Radio programs. She hopes that the readers of her Psychology Today blog will benefit from reading science-based information to enhance sexuality. She enjoys and welcomes comments from readers.
One in every three American women struggles with diminished sexual desire, and almost half of us are experiencing too much stress. A high level of stress and a low libido are not separate problems. One of the often ignored consequences of stress is a diminished sex drive. At the same time, sex is a great stress reduction strategy.
This blog is about sex and stress. Sometime it will examine the relationship between the two. Most often, it will provide you with tried and true psychological strategies to decrease your stress level and enhance your sex life.