About Dr. Debby Herbenick

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of MySexProfessor.com.She is also the author of five books about sex and love including Sex Made Easy: Your Awkward Questions Answered for Better, Smarter, Amazing Sex (2012), Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction (2009), and Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva (2011). In addition, Dr. Herbenick is the Co-Director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion in the School of Public Health – Bloomington at at Indiana University (IU) where she is an Associate Research Scientist (read about her research on the Center’s site). She is also a sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction where she writes and hosts audio podcasts of the Kinsey Confidential column and coordinates educational programming. In addition, Dr. Herbenick is one of the lead researchers/authors of the National Survey of Sexual Health and Behavior (NSSHB), the largest nationally representative survey of sexual behavior in America, released in October 2010.

You can learn more about her work by reading this 2009 New York Times article or profiles of her work that have appeared in 2010 the Las Vegas Weekly, Politics Daily, and the Huffington Post. In December 2009, two of her research studies were included in LiveScience’s list of “9 Discoveries That Made Us Blush in 2009“.

That said, MySexProfessor.com is a project of DH Health & Media, LLC and is not connected with Indiana University or The Kinsey Institute in any way. Opinions and statements expressed on MySexProfessor.com do not reflect those of her colleagues or of any entity at Indiana University.

Education and Professional Membership

Dr. Herbenick has a PhD in Health Behavior from IU, a Master’s degree in Public Health Education (also from IU) and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is certified as a Sexuality Educator from the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists. Dr. Herbenick is also a member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD) and an elected member of the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR).

Scientific Research

Dr. Herbenick has authored and/or co-authored more than 60 scientific publications on the topics of women’s sexuality and behavior, men’s sexuality and behavior, condom use, the use of sexual enhancement product (e.g., vibrators, lubricants), sexual pleasure, cancer and sexuality, sex education, pubic hair removal, and other topics. These have appeared in scientific journals including the Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, Sexual & Relationship Therapy, American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Sex Research, Sexual Health, the International Journal of Sexual Health, the American Journal of Sexuality Education, International Journal of STD & AIDS, Sex Education, Cancer Nursing, and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

Teaching and Writing

Dr. Herbenick has taught undergraduate and graduate level human sexuality classes to more than 1,500 students and lectures on a range of topics including sexual development, sexual enhancement, pleasure, contraception and STIs, women’s sexual function and adult sex education. For several years, Debby wrote regular sex columns for Men’s Health magazine, Time Out Chicago magazine, Velocity, Cheeky Chicago , Psychology Today, and WebMD. She has also written for Glamour magazine, The Daily Beast, Wirecutter, and Gizmodo, for whom she sometimes writes about the intersections of sex and technology.


Dr. Herbenick has consulted for a range of corporations and organizations on issues related to study design, condoms, lubricants, sexual enhancement products, vibrators/sex toys, menstrual products, pubic hair grooming and removal, sexual behavior, menopause, gynecological care, vaginal moisturizers, sexuality education, contraception, and other sexual health products and services. She has provided consultation related to consumer health and behavior, product design, product concepts, consumer use, package inserts/instructions, and consumer messaging.


Dr. Herbenick is the author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction (Rodale, 2009), Read My Lips: A Complete Guide to the Vagina and Vulva (2011), The I Love You More Book (StoryPeople, 2011), Great in Bed (2012) and Sex Made Easy (2012). She also is an author of the e-book, The Good in Bed Guide to Anal Pleasuring.

Public Speaking

In addition to serving as an invited speaker at TEDx Bloomington in May 2011, Dr. Herbenick is frequently invited to speak at colleges and universities throughout the United States including Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, Ohio State University, American University, Southwestern University, and Georgia College & State University. She has also been invited to speak for a range of community groups and conferences and has provided sexuality education talks to children, college students, young adults and older adults on a range of topics. For a sense of Dr. Herbenick’s public speaking, check out this Huffington Post article about her talk at the 2010 National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ annual meeting or this article from American University’s student newspaper, The Eagle, following a 2011 talk she gave as part of their Sexual Responsibility Week. She also regularly presents her work at professional meetings and conferences throughout the world.

Print, Web, Radio and Television

Dr. Herbenick has provided expert opinion about sex and relationships for writers and producers of print, online and broadcast media including: the Today Show, Katie, Tyra, The Doctors, Associated Press (AP) broadcast, Discovery Health, The Dr. Oz Show, the New York Times, Sirius Satellite Radio, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry (WNYC), Voices in the Family with Dr. Dan Gottlieb (WHYY), San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, Marie Clare, Men’s Health, Elle, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Glamour, Essence, SELF, Shape, Cosmo (US), Cosmo (UK), Whole Living (Martha Stewart), Maximum Fitness, Ladies Home Journal, WebMD, The Nest, The Daily Beast, Prevention, Reader’s Digest, AOL Health, Your Tango, BellaSugar.com, and The Guardian (UK), among many others.

You can read her personal blog, which is only rarely updated, on her tumblr page.

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Subscribe to the MSP Twitter Feed here and to the Kinsey Confidential podcast series (sex Q&A hosted by Dr. Herbenick) here.

MySexProfessor.com Mission

The mission of MySexProfessor.com is to provide a forum for information and discussion about sexuality and sexual health topics.

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Speaking at the Planned Parenthood Gala in Chicago 2009, Photo credit: Dale@srstudio.net


Dr. Debby Herbenick speaking about the Treehouse Principles of Sex at TEDx Bloomington. May 2011.

Guest lecturing in a college-level human sexuality class
At Barnes & Noble, on launch day of Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure & Satisfaction
Chicago book signing with Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Serving as a sexual health expert on The Tyra Banks Show
Speaking at Georgia College & State University

Indiana University, 2009

Photo by Justin Bowen for the Las Vegas Weekly

On “The Doctors” (second from left), November 2010