Assistant Professor Psychology

Educational background: 

Dr. Lorenz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 after completing internship at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  From 2013 to 2016, she was an NICHD-funded postdoctoral fellow at the Kinsey Institute and the Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at Indiana University. From 2016 - 2018, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

Research interests: 

Dr. Lorenz's research examines the interaction between women's mental, physical and sexual health. The Women, Immunity and Sexual Health (WISH) lab investigates the ways that sexual behavior impact women's immune and endocrine function, as well as ways to help women with mental and/or physical health conditions have happy, healthy sexual lives. We also focus on helping survivors of sexual trauma through basic science and clinical research. Our research draws from evolutionary and feminist science perspectives, and uses methods from multiple fields, including measures of hormones and immune markers, psychophysiological measures of sexual and autonomic arousal,  clinical trials, surveys and interviews, and more. 

Representative Publications: 

For a complete list of Dr. Lorenz's publications, please visit her Google Scholar page ( or ResearchGate page (