Lisa Dawn Hamilton

Associate Professor
Crabtree 220
Office hours
By appointment


Hamilton, L. D., & Meston, C. M. (2011). The role of salivary cortisol and DHEA-S in sexual, humorous, and anxiety-inducing stimuli. Hormones and Behavior. 59, 765-771.

Hamilton, L. D., & Meston, C. M. (2010). The effects of partner togetherness on salivary testosterone in women in long distance relationships. Hormones and Behavior, 57, 198-202.

Meston, C. M., Hamilton, L. D., & Harte, C. B. (2009). Sexual motivation in women as a function of age. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6, 3305-3319.

Rellini, A. H., Hamilton, L. D., Delville, Y., & Meston, C. M. (2009). The cortisol response during physiological sexual arousal in women with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 22, 557-565.

Hamilton, L. D., Rellini, A. H., & Meston, C. M. (2008). Cortisol, arousal, and affect in response to sexual stimuli. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 5, 2111-2118.

Hamilton, L. D., Fogle, E. A., & Meston, C. M. (2008). The roles of testosterone and alpha-amylase in exercise-induced sexual arousal in women. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 5, 845-853.


BA - Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC

MA, PhD - University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA


Psychology 1001 Introduction to Psychology I

Psychology 1011 Introduction to Psychology II

Psychology 2101 Biological Psychology

Psychology 3511 Psychology of Gender

Psychology 3311 Human Sexuality

Psychology 4991 Clinical Human Sexuality

Psychology 4903 Honours Seminar


My research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral neuroscience, social/personality psychology, and clinical psychology with a focus on human sexuality and stress. Broadly, I am interested in the interactions that occur between the social environment, biological responses, and behavior. In particular, I am interested in the reciprocal relationship between behavior, adrenal and gonadal hormones, and the autonomic nervous system. My main research focus is on the relationship between stress and sexual functioning in sexually healthy men and women. I am interested in how different types of stressors (acute vs. chronic; psychological vs. physical) affect sexual function. My overarching goal with this line of research is to understand 1) How acute and chronic stress affect the nervous system, 2) How changes in physiological and cognitive function resulting from stress alter sexual response and 3) How individual differences in stress sensitivity affect the relationship between stress and sexual function.

I also have secondary interests in the neural and social correlates of monogamy and nonmonogamy and the social factors involved in sexual health behaviors.