Current Projects

Vulvodynia (Recurrent Genital Pain)

Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) is an acute recurrent pain localized within the vulvar vestibule (i.e., the entrance to the vagina). PVD is primarily triggered by contact to the area during sexual intercourse. Approximately 12 to 15% of pre-menopausal women have PVD. It disrupts the sexual functioning and overall quality of life of affected women and their intimate partners.

Daily Goals in Couples with Vulvodynia

A Comparison of Couple Therapy and Medical Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)



Couples Experiencing Low Sexual Desire or Interest

Parents with Chronic Pain


Couples with Chronic Pain

We do not currently have any open studies for couples with chronic pain. Please check back, or email us if you are interested in being notified when we open up recruitment for future studies that might interest you in this area.


I wanted to participate in the research study because vulvodynia is a couple’s issue. I feel it is important to support research that may help us, other couples, and those in the medical field gather more information about this condition.

(Julia, 31 years old)