Sharon Lamb

Professor, Psychologist, Author, Therapist

New Work in 2018-2019

Publication of Cambridge Handbook of Sexual Development: Children and Adolescents, co-edited with Jen Gilbert, York University (January, 2019)

Publication of The Not Good Enough Mother, a book that is mostly about the difficulties of doing forensic and attachment evaluations in the state of Vermont for parents about to lose custody of their children (June, 2019)

HABIT (Humane Acts Bystander Intervention Training) program evaluation completed

SEXTING research begun; collecting narratives of positive and negative experiences

Another bystander study accepted for publication in Feminism & Psychology, discourse analysis of vignettes submitted by 200 undergraduates

                                  New Work in 2017-2018

Submitted the Cambridge University Press Handbook of Sexual Development: Children and Adolescents, co-edited with Jen Gilbert, York University

Signed a contract with Beacon Press for The Not Good Enough Mother, a book that is mostly about the difficulties of doing forensic and attachment evaluations in the state of Vermont for parents about to lose custody of their children

Submitted a chapter on Sexual Agency for a volume on Body Image, co-authored with Julie Koven, my doctoral student

Wrote an update on the Sexualization of Girls Task Force Report for Culture Reframed, for their parenting curriculum re pornography and children

The APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women were accepted by various committees and now will move towards publication and use

The SECS-C is getting popular, with people using it or parts of it in Australia, Indonesia, Israel, and England, as well as the U.S.

My research lab is working on an analysis of Consent Campaign posters!

New Work in 2016-2017

Girls of Color: Sex, Sexuality, and Sex Education published October 2016                                 

Submitted to Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Study of 270 undergraduates on Intervening in Sketchy Sexual Situations Qualitative study on moral reasoning of  bystanders in Sketchy Sexual Situations

In Press  Chapter on Psychotherapy with Girls for APA Handbook of Women and Girls (White & Travis, Eds.)                                              

Revision of APA Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Girls and Women

Revision of the Sexual Ethics for a Caring Society Curriculum for 8-9-10 (8th-10th grades) including lessons on gender non-conformity, consent, and abortion 

Development of HABIT (Humane Acts Bystander Intervention Training) and implementation in university classrooms                                                                                                                                                                


RESEARCH TOPIC                           A FEW WORDS                   SAMPLE PUBLICATIONS        

Girls and Sexuality

I run a research group with graduate students exploring girls of color and their relationship to ideas of what's sexy and what's sexualization. If you are interested in any of the sample articles on the right, please write me for them.


Lamb, S., (2015). Revisiting choice and victimization: A commentary on Bay-Cheng's "Agency Matrix." Sex Roles.

Lamb, S. & Plocha, A. (2015).  Pride, shame, and sexiness: Girls of color discuss race, body image, and sexualization. Girlhood Studies.

Lamb, S., Farmer, K., Kosterina, E., Lambe, S., Plocha, A., & Randazzo, R. (2015). What's Sexy? What's Sexualization? Confidence, Rebellion, and Trying Too Hard. Gender & Education.

Lamb, S. (2010) Feminist ideals of healthy female adolescent sexuality: A critique. Sex Roles, 62(5/6), 294-306. 

Lamb, S., Graling, K., & Wheeler, E. (2013). “Pole-arized” Discourse: An Analysis of Responses to Miley Cyrus’ Teen Choice Awards Pole Dance. Feminism & Psychology, 23, 2, 163-183.

Sexual Ethics


The research on my sexual ethics curriculum was supported by a Spencer Foundation "New Civics" grant. I am always interested in new sites to test the curriculum and/or work with others to prevent sexual violence and provide relationship-based and ethics-based sex education

Lamb, S., & Randazzo, R. (2016.) An examination of the effectiveness of a sexual ethics curriculum. Journal of Moral Education

Lamb, S., & Randazzo, R. (2016.) From I to We: Sex education as a form of civics education. Curriculum Inquiry

Lamb, S. & Randazzo, R. (2015) Obstacles to Teaching Ethics in Sex Education. In J. Ponzetti (Ed.) Evidence Based Approaches to Sex Education. NY: Routledge.

Lamb, S. (2013). The future of sex education: Just the facts? Educational Theory, 63(5), 443-460.

Lamb, S. (2013). The hard work of pleasure. InL. Allen, M. L. Rasmussen, & K. Quinlivan (Eds.)  The Politics of Pleasure in Sex Education: Pleasure Bound (pp. 136-152). London: Routledge.

Voices of the Mind

This body of research investigates men's and adolescent boys' thoughts and feelings during sex. It aims to uncover rules and beliefs about masculinity that influence the act of sex for heterosexual and nonheterosexual men.


Lamb, S., Kosterina, E., Brodt, M., Maroney, M. & Dangler, L. (2017). Voices of the mind: Hegemonic masculinity and others in mind during young men's sexual encounters.


Childhood Sexuality

In addition to my book, Sex, Therapy, and Kids, I have been asked to write about sexual development in childhood.

Lamb, S. (2014). Childhood sexuality. In D. Tolman & L. Diamond (Eds.) Handbook of Sexuality. Washington, D.C.: APA Press.

Lamb, S. & Plocha, A. (2017). Treating sexual problems in children and adolescents. In Z. Peterson (Ed.) Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Sex Therapy.


In addition to my edited book with Jeffrie Murphy, Before Forgiving, I have written a few articles questioning the advocacy of forgiving in psychotherapy.

Lamb, S. (2006). Forgiveness therapy in gendered contexts: What happens to the truth? In Nancy N. Potter (Ed.), Trauma, truth, and reconciliation: Healing damaged relationships (pp. 229-256). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

Lamb, S. (2006). Forgiveness, women, and responsibility to the group, Journal of Human Rights, 5, 1-16.

Lamb, S. (2005). Forgiveness therapy: The context and conflict.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 25, 61- 80. 

Book Reviews

Lamb, S. (in press). An object lesson on attachment. Feminism & Psychology.

Lamb, S. (2013). LGBTQ for the PreK-12: Sexual Diversity in the classroom. Sex Roles, 68(9-10), 626-628.

Lamb, S. (2012). Foundational sociology for the study of sex and gender. Sex Roles, 66(1), 146-148.

Lamb, S. (2009).  Shock and arggghhh: More notes from the trenches of the war against the sexualization of childhood.  PsycCRITIQUES,  54(34),

Lamb, S. (2008). Media effects and the sexualization of girls. Sex Roles, 60(5-6), pp. 439-441.

Lamb, S. (2008). Taking the stand. Review of Amanda Konradi’s Taking the Stand, in Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32(3), 337-338.