Dr. Natalie O. Rosen

I joined the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience in 2012 after completing my PhD at McGill University (2009) and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Université de Montréal (2012).

My research interests focus on understanding how couples cope with sexual problems or changes to their sexual relationship. In couple relationships, how one person thinks, feels, and responds to a sexual problem necessarily impacts the experience and reactions of their romantic partner as well as their own experiences. My goal is to identify novel predictors of adjustment to sexual problems in the context of couples’ daily lives as well as over time, and then to translate my findings into targeted interventions to improve couples’ sexual and relationship well-being.
In the Couples and Sexual Health (CaSH) lab, I am currently conducting studies with a focus on: (1) genito-pelvic pain; (2) the transition to parenthood (i.e., pregnancy and postpartum); (3) chronic low sexual desire; and (4) fertility problems. You can read more about current research studies here. My research and clinical practice is multidisciplinary in nature and I have ongoing collaborations with other psychologists and obstetrician-gynaecologists, among others.
My research is currently funded by operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the IWK Health Centre, and the Canadian Foundation of Innovation.
As a registered clinical psychologist, I also maintain a small private practice focused exclusively on sex and couple therapy. More information can be found below.
Dr. Rosen offers a limited number of appointments on Thursday mornings for sex and couples therapy. She is currently seeing clients in-person or virtually. Her office is located at Coastal Psychology, 5991 Spring Garden Road – Suite 900. You can visit www.coastalpsych.ca for more information. Please contact Coastal Psychology at info@coastalpsych.ca with any questions. Physicians can send referrals to this same email address.
If you are seeking services related to pain experienced during sexual activities, please be sure to indicate this information when submitting a consultation request. Dr. Rosen plans to hold a group treatment program in Winter 2024 specifically for this issue.
If you are seeking services related to low sexual desire/arousal difficulties, you may be eligible to participate in one of our related research studies (the study does not involve treatment): The ROSE Study
Graduate Courses

PSYO 6204.03: Psychological Interventions: A Lifespan Perspective, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS This clinical graduate level course is designed to provide you with knowledge concerning various evidence-based treatment interventions and their implementation with children, young adults, and older adults.

Undergraduate Courses

PSYO 4120.03: Topics in Clinical Psychology (Honours Seminar): Contemporary Issues in Human Sexuality This course deals with contemporary issues in human sexuality from a psychological perspective.

PSYO 3225: Health Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS: This undergraduate course serves as an introduction to health psychology theory, promotion, and research. A variety of health-related topics will be covered including: health behaviours, enhancing and compromising behaviours, stress, health services, patient-provider relations, pain and pain management, chronic illness, etiology and course of illness, and challenges in health psychology.

Prospective Students and Volunteers

I am always happy to hear from prospective honours and graduate students.  If you are interested in volunteering please complete our volunteer application