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Sasha N. Canan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Ph.D., Community Health Promotion, University of Arkansas

MEd, Human Sexuality, Widener University

B.A., Psychology, West Virginia University

Office
McAllan Hall 20
Phone
732-571-3519
Email
scanan@monmouth.edu
Personal Site
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sashacanan/
View Lab Site
https://twitter.com/SEALstudye
Regularly Taught Courses
HE 290 Health Research Methods
HE 324 Human Sexuality
HE 330 Women’s Health
HE 399 Independent Study in Sexuality Education & Attitudes Lab
About

Dr. Canan leads the Sexuality Education & Attitudes Lab (SEAL). SEAL research largely focuses on sex education policy, sexual assault, and the LGBTQ+ community. With specializations in educational statistics and research methods, she utilizes mixed-method techniques in her work which she routinely presents at scholarly conferences. She is also a board member for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, an international organization dedicated to sexuality research.

Dr. Canan is regularly involved in local LGBTQ+ organizations and issues around reproductive rights. She prioritizes community involvement, and, in the past, has worked on community-based participatory research projects like TRANSform Health Arkansas, which assessed healthcare needs for the transgender community in Arkansas. Currently, Dr. Canan is a faculty advisor for SPECTRUM, a student organization focusing on LGBTQ+ community support.

Regarding teaching, Dr. Canan favors active and engaging learning strategies that emphasize practical skill building while maintaining a classroom atmosphere that honors a diversity of viewpoints.

Publications
Scholarly Articles

Willis, M., Jozkowski, K. N., Canan, S. N., Rhoads, K. E., & Hunt, M. E. (under review). A content analysis of sexual consent communication in mainstream films: Implications for sexual health education of younger audiences.

Marcantonio, T. L., Willis, M., Rhoads, K. E., Hunt, M. E., Canan, S. N., & Jozkowski, K. N. (under review). Alcohol, drugs, and sex: Understanding the presentation of substances and sexual behaviors in mainstream films.

Canan, S. N, Jozkowski, K., Wiersma-Mosley, J., Blunt-Vinti, H., & Bradley, M. (2019). Validation of the Sexual Experience Survey–Short Form Revised using lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual women’s narratives of sexual violence. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-019-01543-7

Willis, M., Canan, S. N., Jozkowski, K. & Bridges, A. (2019). Sexual consent communication in best-selling pornography films: A content analysis. Journal of Sex Research. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1655522

Canan S. N., & Levand, M. (2019). Feminist perspectives of sexual assault. In W. O’Donohue, & P. Schewe (Eds.) Handbook of Sexual Assault and Sexual Assault Prevention. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-23645-8

Canan, S. N., Jozkowski, K., Mosley, J., Blunt-Vinti, H., & Bradley, M. (2019). Differences in lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual women’s experiences of sexual assault and rape in a national U.S. sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260519863725

Jozkowski, K., Marcantonio, T., Rhoads, K., Canan, S. N., Hunt, M., & Willis, M. (2019). A content analysis of sexual consent and refusal communication in mainstream films. Journal of Sex Research. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1595503

Levand, M., & Canan, S. N. (2018). Navigating sexualization as a sexuality professional: Insights from sexuality educators at the 2016 National Sex Ed Conference. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 13(1), 94-107. doi: 10.1080/15546128.2018.1433566

Canan, S. N., Jozkowski, K., & Crawford, B. (2016). Sexual assault in Greek fraternity and sorority life: An analysis of rape myth acceptance and token resistance in Greek and non-Greek college students.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 1-26. doi: 10.1177/0886260516636064

Canan, S. N., & Jozkowski, K. (2016). Sexual health education topics in schools: Inclusion and timing preferences of a sample of southern U.S. college students. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 1-14. doi: 10.1007/s13178-016-0251-z

Jozkowski, K., Canan, S. N., Rhoads, K., & Hunt, M. (2016). Methodological considerations for content analysis of sexual consent communication in mainstream films. Sexualization, Media, & Society, 1-17. doi: 10.1177/2374623816679184

Presentations/Invited Talks

Canan, S. N., & Jozkowski, K. (2019, June). Descriptive data of trans and non-binary experiences of sexual violence: Context, perpetrator characteristics, and reporting behavior. Presentation at​ Unveiling Inequality and Gender-Based Violence: A Global Public Policy Symposium, West Long Branch, NJ.

Canan, S. N., Willis, M., Jozkowski, K. N., & Bridges, A. (2019, June). If porn is sex ed, what does it teach about consent? A content analysis of 50 current porn films. Presentation at​ ​annual American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists ​conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Canan, S. N., & Jozkowski, K. N. (2018, November). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Queer individuals’ sexual assault narratives. Presentation at​ ​annual American Public Health Association​ ​conference, San Diego, CA.

Canan, S. N., & Jozkowski, K. N. (2018, November). A national U.S. study of 933 women’s qualitative accounts of their own behavior during sexual assault. Presentation at​ ​annual American Public Health Association​ ​conference, San Diego, CA.

Willis, M., Canan, S. N., DeCarlo, D. Brewington, K., Jozkowski, K. N., Bridges, A. J. (2018, November). Examining mainstream pornography for perceived sexual consent cues: lessons learned, findings, and implications. Annual meeting of Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Montreal, Canada.

Blunt-Vinti, H., Jozkowski, K., Canan, S. (2017, November). Sexual satisfaction and sexual behavior discrepancies in a national sample of heterosexual, bisexual, and lesbian women in the US. Annual meeting of Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Atlanta, GA.

Marcantonio, T., Canan, S., O’Neil, A., & Jozkowski, K. (2017, November). Exploring experiences of sexual risk taking, sexual assault and consent in the MSM community. Annual meeting of Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Atlanta, GA.

Canan, S., Jozkowski, K., Mosley, J., Blunt-Vinti, H., Bradley, M. (2017, November). Contextual Experiences of Sexual Violence in Lesbian, Bisexual, and Heterosexual Adult U.S. Women. Annual meeting of Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Atlanta, GA.

Canan, S., Jozkowski, K., Blunt-Vinti, H., Mosley, J., Bradley, M. (2017, November). Rates of Sexual Violence and Familial Support in Lesbian, Bisexual and Heterosexual Adult Women in the US. Presentation at​ ​annual American Public Health Association​ ​conference, Atlanta, GA.

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