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School of Education, Health and Human Behavior
School of Education

Dr. Dayna Henry

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D., 2010, Indiana University Bloomington
M.Sc. 2004, University of Guelph, Canada
B.A., 2002,  University of Guelph, Canada

Sexuality education; Sex therapy; Counseling; Critical qualitative methods; Relationship health


Vadalabene Center, Lukas Annex Room 2607
VC 1020


About Dr. Henry

Dayna Henry is an Assistant Professor in the Community Health Education program. She is also affiliated with the Women’s Studies Program. She obtained her Ph.D. in health behavior with a minor in human sexuality from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. She obtained her master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from an AAMFT accredited program at the University of Guelph in Canada after completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the same institution. Dr. Henry has worked as a sex therapist and educator since 2003. Dr. Henry teaches courses in health counseling, drug use and prevention, grant writing, consumer health literacy, sexuality education and sexual health.

Research Profile:

Dr. Henry’s current research focuses on college student health and sexual health. Specifically, examining the effects of sexuality education and sexual assault prevention, rape myth acceptance, and personal health education requirements for college students. Dr. Henry has expertise in qualitative data analysis and values catalytic validity in her research studies. Catalytic validity involves evaluating the helpfulness of research studies on the participants or utilizing results to make meaningful changes in the lives of participants. In this way, her research has an applied and social justice perspective. 

Representative Publications:

Henry, D.S. & Hartzell, R. (forthcoming, 2015). Sex Therapy. In C. Noland & J. Manning (Eds.), Contemporary Studies of Sexuality & Communication.

Jozkowski, K. N., Henry, D. S., and Sturm, A. A. (2015). College students' perceptions of the importance of sexual assault prevention education: Suggestions for targeting recruitment for peer-based education. Health Education Journal, 74 (1), 46-59. DOI: 10.1177/0017896913516298

Sherwood-Laughlin, C. M., Angermeier, L. K., Herbert, P. & Henry, D. S. (2014). Topics and content in human sexuality: What are school-based sexuality health educators teaching in the classroom? Indiana AHPERD Journal, 43 (2), 33-39.

Herbert, P. C., Henry, D. S., Sherwood-Laughlin, C. M., & Angermeier, L. K. (2014). Teacher and health service staff values regarding sexuality education in an urban school district in Indiana. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 17,

Henry, D. S. (2013). Couple reports of the perceived influences of a college human sexuality course: An exploratory study. Sex Education, 13 (5), 509-521. DOI: 10.1080/14681811.2013.767195

Henry, D. (2010). When a couple decides to go to counseling. In C. Noland, J. Manning, & J. MacLennan (Eds.), Case studies in communication about sex (pp. 146-157). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Fisher, C. F., Herbenick, D. H., Reece, M., Dodge, B., Satinsky, S., Henry, D. S. (2010). Exploring sexuality education opportunities at in-home sex toy parties in the United States. Sex Education, 10 (2), 131 – 144.

Fischtein, D. S., Herold, E. S.  & Desmarais, S. (2007) How Much Does Gender Explain in Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors? A Survey of Canadian Adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 36 (3),451-461.

Fischtein, D.S., Herold, E.S., & Desmarais, S. (2005). Canadian attitudes toward female topless behaviour: A national survey. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 14 (3-4),63 – 75.

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