Ana Alexandra Carvalheira

Ana Alexandra Carvalheira
Integrated Member
Health Team

Ana Alexandra Carvalheira’s research field is on sexual health. Her research focuses on the investigation of the psychological and sociocultural correlates of sexual health in the population of adults and aging women and men. Her research interests are shaped by her clinical work as a sexologist.
Specific lines of research focus on (1) Female and male sexual response, particularly on sexual desire/arousal, (2) Female and male sexual dysfunctions, (3) Cross-cultural study of attitudes towards sexuality in older adults; (4) the development and testing of mindfulness-based and psychological treatments for women’s sexual problems, (5) Sexual desire and the components of eroticism.

Main 5 publications

Carvalheira, A. A., Graham, C., Stulhofer, A. et al. (2020). Predictors and correlates of sexual avoidance among partnered older adults among Norway, Denmark, Belgium, and Portugal. Eur J Ageing, 17, 175–184. doi:10.1007/s10433-019-00540-y
Træen, B., Stulhofer, A., Janssen, E., Carvalheira, A. A., Hald, G. M., Lange, T., et al. (2018). Sexual Activity and Sexual Satisfaction among Older Adults in Four European Countries. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1256-x
Carvalheira, A. A., Traen, B., & Stulhofer, A. (2015). Masturbation and pornography use among coupled heterosexual men with decreased sexual desire: How many roles of masturbation? Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41(6), 626-635. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2014.958790
Carvalheira, A. A., Traen, B., & Stulhofer, A. (2014). Correlates of men’s sexual interest: A cross-cultural study. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11(1), 154-164. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12345
Carvalheira, A. A., Brotto, L. & Leal, I. (2010). Women’s motivations for sex: Exploring the DSM-IV-TR criteria for hypoactive sexual desire and female sexual arousal disorders. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7(4), 1454-1463. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01693