Sarah Hunter Murray
Sarah Hunter Murray
Sex Researcher & Relationship Therapist

Sarah Hunter Murray, PhD

Sex Researcher & Relationship Therapist



Dr. Sarah Hunter Murray has dedicated over a decade of her academic and professional career to understanding the complexities and nuances of sexual desire. She is passionate about exposing how social norms and expectations about sexual desire impact men and women and their sexual relationships.

Dr. Murray is regularly consulted as a sex expert for various news and media outlets including Psychology Today, where she writes a blog series entitled “Myths of Desire: Rethinking Sex Roles and Expectations that Stifle Relationships.” She has been interviewed in media outlets including Men’s Health, Fashion Magazine and Today’s Parent and her research has been featured in LiveScience,, Jezebel and The Globe and Mail.

Sarah is a member of the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS). As a practicing relationship therapist under the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT; registration #133555), she specializes in working with individuals and couples around sexual intimacy concerns.


In the Media

Dr. Murray is regularly featured in various media outlets for her expertise on sex and relationships. Below are links to a selection of her interviews and research profiles.

Men's Health

Today's Parent

Fashion Magazine



The Globe and Mail




Murray, S. H. (In Press). Heterosexual men’s sexual desire: Supported by, or deviating from, traditional masculinity norms and sexual scripts? Sex Roles. doi: 10.1007/s11199-017- 0766-7

Murray, S. H., Milhausen, R. R., Graham, C. & Kuczynski, L. (2016). A qualitative exploration of factors that affect sexual desire among men aged 30 to 65 in long-term relationships. Journal of Sex Research, 54, 3, 319-330. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1168352

De Santis, C., Murray, S. H., Kohut, T. & Milhausen, R. R. (2016). Good gets better? Examining the impact of prescribed sexual activity on couples’ sexual and relationship satisfaction. Sexual and Relationship Therapy. doi: 10.1080/14681994.2016.1225155

Watson, E. D., Seguin, L. J., Milhausen, R. R. &  Murray, S. H. (2015). The impact of a couple’s vibrator on men’s perceptions of their own and their partner’s sexual pleasure and satisfaction. Men & Masculinities, 19, 4, 370-383, doi: 10.1177/1097184X15595082

Van Rijn, T., Murray, S. H. &  Mizzi, R. (2015). A mixed-methods inquiry into the intimate practices of partnered mature students and influences on relationship, sexual, and school Satisfaction. Canadian Journal of Higher Education, 45, 2, 116-133.

Murray, S. H., Milhausen, R. R. & Sutherland, O. (2014). A qualitative comparison of young women’s maintained versus decreased sexual desire in longer-term relationships. Women & Therapy, 37, 319-41. doi: 10.1080/02703149.2014.897559

Murray, S. H., Sutherland, O. & Milhausen, R. R. (2012). Young women’s descriptions of sexual desire in long-term relationships. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 27, 1, 3-16. doi: 10.1080/02703149.2014.897559 doi: 10.1080/14681994.2011.649251

Murray, S. H. & Milhausen, R. R. (2012a). Sexual desire and relationship duration in young men and women. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 38, 28-40. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2011.569637

Murray, S. H. & Milhausen, R. R. (2012b). Factors impacting women’s sexual desire: Examining long-term relationships in emerging adulthood. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. 21, 2, 101-115. Mark, K. P. & Murray, S. H. (2012). Desire discrepancy as a predictor of sexual satisfaction in a college sample of heterosexual romantic relationships. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 38, 2, 198-215. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2011.606877