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Making Research Relevant

Dr. Shemeka Thorpe’s research focuses on the sexual well-being of Black women throughout their lifespan using sex positive and intimate justice frameworks. 

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Partnered Sexual Behaviors, Pleasure, and Orgasms at Last Sexual Encounter: Findings from a US Probability Sample of Black Women Ages 18 to 92 Years

Black Female Adolescents' Sexuality:

Pleasure Expectancies, Sexual Guilt, and Age Sexual Debut

Relational and Partner-Specific Factors Influencing Black Heterosexual

Women’s Initiation of Sexual Intercourse and Orgasm Frequency 

Balancing the sexology scales: a Content Analysis

of Black women's sexuality research

Sexual Health Interventions for Black Women in the United States:

A Systematic Review of Literature

Social Motivations for College Hookups

Sexual Attitudes, Religious Commitment, and

Sexual Risk Behaviours among College-Aged Women

" Knowing That You're Pleasing the Other Person Makes It Even Better": Perceived Pleasure and Motives for Condom Use among Heterosexual Black College Men in the South

Supporting the Sexual Health of College Students with IDD:

A Call for Trainings for Inclusive Postsecondary Education Program Staff

First-year College Students' Alcohol and Hookup Behaviors:

Sexual Scripting and Implications for Sexual Health Promotion