A native of Madrid, Spain, Dr. Marta Meana has been researching psychosocial issues of relevance to women’s health and sexuality for a decade. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, completed a pre-doctoral internship in Behavioral Medicine and Outpatient Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego and then a post-doctoral fellowship in Women’s Health at the Toronto Hospital in Toronto, Canada.
Dr. Meana has over 50 scientific publications to her name and has presented her research in close to 60 conference presentations. Areas of research have included obesity surgery, female sexual dysfunction, chronic pain, and breast and cervical cancer screening. Her current work focuses on sexual desire difficulties and gender and cultural differences in sexuality.
Her scholarly work has garnered praise from her peers, including the Fred Lowy Award for Greatest Contribution to Research in Psychosomatic Medicine by a Fellow or Resident in Psychiatry, University of Toronto School of Medicine and the UNLV Barrick Scholar Award. Peer respect is also evident in her appointments to the Editorial Boards of two highly respected journals, Archives of Sexual Behavior and Assessment.
Teaching is an integral part of Dr. Meana’s research. She directs the Women’s Health and Sexuality Lab at UNLV where a group of dedicated graduate students are busy building research and clinical careers of their own while illuminating women’s health concerns. Dr. Meana’s students have been the recipients of various awards and are regular presenters at national and international conferences.
In her capacity as a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Nevada, she also supervises graduate students starting their psychotherapy training. Her teaching efforts have been recognized with various awards, including the College of Liberal Arts William Morris Award for Excellence in Teaching, the UNLV Distinguished Teaching Award and the state-wide Nevada Regents Excellence in Teaching Award.
In terms of professional service, Dr. Meana has served in many capacities. At the local level, she has chaired and been a member of numerous departmental, college and university committees with important mandates. She is on the Advisory Board of the Black Mountain Institute and she has recently been appointed to UNLV’s Research Council. On the national and international level, Dr. Meana is currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, and she has been involved in the scientific programs of two international conferences. She is also a member of the International Academy of Sex Research, the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, the North American Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association.