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Sandy CaronSandy Caron

220 Merrill Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5749


Professor – Family Relations & Human Sexuality

Specialty Areas
Family Studies
Human Sexuality

B.S. University of Maine, 1979 (Health & Family Life Education)
M.S. University of Maine, 1982 (Human Development)
Ph.D. Syracuse University, 1986 (Human Development)
Highest degree earned: Ph.D.

Courses taught

  • CHF 200: Family Interaction
  • CHF 351: Human Sexuality
  • CHF 401: Peer Education on Human Development
  • HUD 618: Sexuality & Human Interaction (graduate course)
  • WST 401: Women’s Sexuality

Research & public service


  • My research and publications focus on the social-sexual development of young people, with an emphasis on sexual decision-making, contraceptive use, safer sex, sexual assault, sexuality education, and cross-cultural perspectives.

Public Service – served on numerous boards, some examples include

  • On campus: President’s Council on Women, Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Allies Council, Athletic Advisory Board, Institutional Review Board, Rape Awareness Committee
  • In the State: Eastern Maine AIDS Network – Board of Directors; Family Planning Association – Board of Directors; Governor’s Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention – Board Member; Mabel Wadsworth Women’s Health Center – Board of Directors.
  • Nationally: American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors & Therapists – Board of Directors; American College Health Association – AIDS Task Force Member; National Council on Family Relations – Co-chair of the Commission on AIDS & Families.

Representative publications

Published Books

  • Caron. S.L. (2013). The Sex Lives of College Students: Two Decades of Attitudes and Behaviors. Maine College Press, Inc.
  • Caron, S.L. (2011). Sex Around the World: Cross- Cultural Perspectives on Human Sexuality, Fourth Edition. Pearson/Prentice Hall
  • Caron, S.L. (2007) Sex Matters for College Students: FAQs in Human Sexuality (second edition). Prentice Hall.

Published Educational Films/DVDs/Posters for National Distribution:

  • Caron, S.L. (2005-2013). Male Athletes Against Violence Poster Series. Seven posters focusing on anti-violence: We don’t tip-toe around relationship violence; Be a Man Be a Role Model: Football; Be a Man, Be a Role Model: Ice-Hockey; Join the Huddle; Stand Tough Against Violence; United Against Violence; Stereotypes? We’re Baking Changes. All distributed nationally thru the NCAA.
  • Caron, S.L. (2004). Athletes for Sexual Responsibility: Rape Awareness. Video/DVD produced with University of Maine Public Affairs for national distribution (including the NCAA).
  • Caron, S.L. (1999). Greek Peer Educator Program: Liquor, Lust & The Law. Video on alcohol and sexuality produced with the University of Maine Public Affairs for national distribution.
  • Caron, S.L. (1996). Athletes for Sexual Responsibility: The Party. Video on alcohol and sexuality produced with the University of Maine Public Affairs for national distribution.
  • Caron, S.L. (1995). Greek Peer Educator Poster Series. Twenty-five posters focusing on alcohol, risk management, and sexuality issues. Distributed nationally.
  • Caron, S.L. (1994). Athletes for Sexual Responsibility Smart Sex Poster Series. Twenty posters focusing on safer sex/condom use for national distribution.
  • Caron, S.L. (1993). Athletes for Sexual Responsibility: Smart Sex. Video on safer sex/condom use produced with the University of Maine Public Affairs for national distribution.

Sampling of Published Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • Caron, S.L. & Hinman, S. (2013) I took his V-card: An exploratory analysis of college student stories of male virginity loss.  Sexuality & Culture.
  • Ferland, P. & Caron, S.L. (2013) The transition to biological childlessness: Interviews with women who are infertile and remained childless. The Family Journal, 21, 180-188.
  • Shipps, L.E. & Caron, S.L. (2013). Motherhood and sex: A content analysis of sexuality-related issues in popular parenting magazines. Journal of International Women’s Studies.
  • Caron, S.L. & Ahlgrim, C.J. (2012). Children’s understanding and knowledge of conception and birth: Comparing children from England, The Netherlands, Sweden, and the U.S. American Journal of Sexuality Education, 7, 16-36.
  • Cole, M.A. & Caron, S.L. (2010) Exploring factors which lead to successful outcomes in domestic violence cases: Interviews with case workers. Journal of Family Violence, 25, 297-310.
  • Brugman, M., Caron, S.L., & Rademakers, J. (2010) Emerging adolescent sexuality: A comparison of American and Dutch women’s experiences. International Journal of Sexual Health, 22(1), 32-46.
  • Saucier, J.A. & Caron, S.L. (2008). An investigation of content and media images in gay men’s magazines. Journal of Homosexuality, 55, 504-523.
  • Guerette, S.M. & Caron, S.L. (2007). Assessing the impact of acquaintance rape: Interviews with women who are victims/survivors of sexual assault while in college. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 22, 1-50.
  • Bulduc, J., Caron, S.L. & Logue, M.E. (2007). The effects of parental divorce on college students. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 46, 83-104.
  • Proulx, N.K., Caron, S.L., & Logue, M.E. (2006) Older women/younger men: A look at the implications of age heterogamy in marriage. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 5, 43-64.
  • Hutton, A.M. & Caron, S.L. (2005). Experiences of families of children with autism in rural New England. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 20(3), 180-189.
  • Levesque, L. & Caron, S.L. (2004). Dating preferences of women born between 1945-1960. Journal of Family Issues, 25(6), 833-846.
  • Caron, S.L., Moskey, E.G. & Hovey, C.A. (2004). Alcohol use among fraternity and sorority members: Looking at change over time. Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, 47(3), 51-66.
  • Stevens, S.R., Caron, S.L.& Pratt, P. (2003). Decade in review: The importance of religion in shaping sexual attitudes of college students in the 1990s. Journal of College and Character, 2,
  • Caron, S.L. & Moskey, E.G. (2002). Regrettable sex: An exploratory analysis of college students’ experiences. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 14(1), 47-54.
  • Caron, S.L. & Moskey, E.G. (2002). Changes over time in teenage sexual relationships: Comparing the high school class of 1950, 1975, and 2000. Adolescence, 37(147), 515-526.
  • Bachand, L.L. & Caron. S.L. (2001). Ties that bind: A qualitative study of happy long-term marriages. Contemporary Family Therapy, 23(1), 105-121.
  • Reynolds, A.L. & Caron, S.L. (2000). How intimate relationships are impacted when heterosexual men crossdress. Journal of Psychology & Human Sexuality, 12(3), 63-77.


  • Graduate Faculty Mentor Award, College of Education & Human Development, 2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Sororities, University of Maine, 2005
  • University of Maine All-Maine Women, Honorary member, 2004
  • Presidential Public Service Achievement Award Recipient, University of Maine, 2002
  • Margaret Vaughn Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sexuality Education in Maine, Family Planning Association of Maine, 1999
  • Presidential Outstanding Teaching Award Recipient, University of Maine, 1998
  • Outstanding Service to the Greek Community, University of Maine, 1998
  • Faculty Student-Centered Award Recipient, University of Maine, 1997

Other Activities

  • Sex Matters: Columnist for The Maine Campus and radio talk show host on WMEB 91.9fm (both entitled “Sex Matters”).
  • Peer Education: Founder & Director of 3 nationally recognized peer education programs: “Athletes for Sexual Responsibility,” and “The Greek Peer Educator Program” and “Male Athletes Against Violence.”
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • Website Host/Syndicated Columnist for College Sex Talk –

Professional Memberships & Honor Societies

  • American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
  • American College Health Association
  • American Counseling Association
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • National Peer Education Network (BACCHUS/GAMMA)
  • Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honor Society
  • Sex Information and Education Study of Sexuality
  • Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

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