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David W. Wahl Ph.D.


David W. Wahl, Ph.D., is a social psychologist and sex researcher. He obtained his doctorate from Iowa State University with his dissertation, “Speaking Through the Silence: Narratives, Interaction, and the Construction of Sexual Selves.” Both as a professor and as a researcher, Dr. Wahl’s work focuses on issues related to sexual desire and behavior, shaming and stigmatization, sex and gender, sexual violence, sex work, and human trafficking. In addition to publishing research work, Dr. Wahl is working on a book detailing the process by which sexual selfhood is developed in the life course.

Apart from his academic duties, Dr. Wahl spends each day answering the questions people ask him about human sexuality. This Sexual Self is an avenue by which to discuss issues of human sexuality from a social psychological perspective. It is a forum for education and transparency around the subject that is still considered taboo in today’s age. Send all questions, ideas for future topics, openings for discussions, concerns, or any other matters to Dr. Wahl at Follow on Twitter: @thissexualself.

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