Rose Hartzell, Ph.D., Ed.S., CHES, LMFT, I.F.

Rose Hartzell

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Marriage and Family Therapy
Department of Counseling and School Psychology



Primary Email: [email protected]


Mail Code: 1179

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Dr. Hartzell is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (license number 53079) and an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Educator Supervisor. Since 2010, she has worked as the sole therapist for San Diego Sexual Medicine (SDSM) with Dr. Irwin Goldstein, a world-renowned sexual medicine physician, helping to treat individuals with various sexual concerns from a biopsychosocial model. Her work at SDSM consists of individual and couples sex therapy, providing sex therapy supervision, engaging on sex research teams, and educating others regarding sexuality matters. Dr. Hartzell earned her PhD in health behavior with an emphasis in human sexuality, and an EdS and MS in mental health counseling with a minor in development from Indiana University.  

In 2007, Dr. Hartzell was awarded the Emerging Professional Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).  She has conducted sex research at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention (RCAP). Dr. Hartzell has taught numerous classes at Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and National University prior to becoming a lecturer at San Diego State University.  She also served as the scientific program co-chair for the SSSS national conferences in 2013 and 2014. In addition, she was the Scientific Program Chair for the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) from 2018-2020.  She served as a reviewer for The Journal of Sexual Medicine and on the Board of the Patty Brisben Foundation.  She also was the chair of the AASECT Sex Educator Certification committee from 2019-2021. 

From 2010-2014 she contributed as the sex expert in a regular biweekly/monthly segment for FOX5 News in San Diego. Dr. Hartzell has also been quoted in numerous magazine and newspaper articles including The New York Times, US News and World Report, The Huffington Post, and Women’s Health magazine. 

Areas of Specialization

Sex therapy from a biopsychosocial lens


  • AASECT Certified Sexuality Therapist Supervisor
  • AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator Supervisor
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 53079)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Certified


Book Chapters 

Hartzell, R. (2020). Response to Chapter 10: Affirming Gender, Sexual, and Relational Diversity. In Monk, G., Winslade, J., Sinclair, S., & Polanco, M. Intercultural Counseling: Bridging the Us and Them Divide (323-324) San Diego, CA. Cognella Academic Publishing. 

Henry, D. & Hartzell, R. (2016). What to Expect in Couples Counseling. In Manning, J., & Noland, C. Contemporary Studies of Sexuality & Communication: Theoretical and Applied Perspectives (357-373) Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing. 

Hartzell, R. Forthcoming (2015). Vulvodynia, socio-cultural perspective. In P. Whelehan & A. Bolin, The International Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality. Malden, Oxford: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.  

Goldstein, I., Hartzell, R., D., Gagnon, C., & Goldstein, S., Chapter 23, Sexual Medicine, Management of Sexual Health Concerns of Women and Men with Diabetes. In S. Edelman (Eds.) Taking Control of Your Diabetes (4th ed., pp. 359-366). West Islip, NY, Professional Communications Inc.  

Penhollow, T., Jackson, M., & Hartzell, R. (2010). Chapter 36: Healthy Sexual Expression. In L. Payne, B. Ainsworth, & G. Godbey’s (Eds.) Leisure, Health and Wellness, Making Connections (383-393).  State College, PA: Venture Publishing.  ISBN: 978-1-892132-89-5. 

Journal Articles 

Kim, C., Goldstein, I., Komisaruk, B., Goldstein, S., Kim, N., Hartzell-Cushanick, R., Uloko, M., & Yee, A. (2023). Lumbar endoscopic spine surgery for persistent genital arousal disorder/genitopelvic dysesthesia resulting from lumbosacral annular tear-induced sacral radiculopathy. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 1-14. 

Goldstein, I., Komisaruk, B., Pukall, C., Kim., N., Goldstein, A., Goldstein, S., Hartzell-Cushanick., R., Kellog—Spadt., S., Kim., C., Jackowich, R., Parish, S., Patterson, A., Peters, K., & Pfaus, J. (2021). International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH) Review of the Epidemiolgoy and Pathophysiology, and a Consensus Nomenclature and Process of Care for the Management of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder/Genito-Pelvic Dysethesia (PGAD/GPD) The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 18, 665-697. 

Goldstien, I., Giraldi, A., Maculaitis, M., Li, V, Hartzell-Cushanick, R. & Hassan, T, (2020). Real-World Assessment of the Impact of Erectile Dysfunction on Sexual Planning Behavior and Health- and Treatment-Related Outcomes Among Men in 8 Countries, Sexual Medicine, 8(3) 338-349. 

Parish, S., Hahn, S., Goldstein, S., Giraldi, A., Kingsberg, S., Larkin, L., Minkin, M., Brown, V., Christiansen, K., Hartzell-Cushanick, R., Kelly-Jones, A., Rullo, J., Sadovsky, R., & Faubion, S. (2019). The International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health Process of Care for the Identification of Sexual Concerns and Problems in Women, Mayo Clinical Proceedings, 94(5) 842–856. 

Rullo, J., Faubion, S., Hartzell, R., Goldstein, S., Cohen, D., Frohmader, K., Winter, A., Mara, K., Schroeder, Dr., & Goldstein, I. (2018). Biopsychosocial Management of Female Sexual Dysfunction: A Pilot Study of Patient Perceptions From 2 Multi-Disciplinary Clinics. Sexual Medicine. Available at 

Goldstein, I., Hartzell, R. & Shabsigh, R. (2014). The Impact of Peyronie’s Disease on the Patient: Gaps in Our Current Understanding. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. Available at 

Hartzell. R. (2014). Psychosexual Symptoms and Treatment of Peyronie’s Disease Within a Collaborative Care Model. Sexual Medicine. Available at 

Goldstein, I., Dicks, B., Kim, N., & Hartzell, R. (2013). Multidisciplinary Overview of Vaginal Atrophy and Associated Genito-Urinary Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women. Sexual Medicine. Available at 

Procopio, M., Butler, S., Black, D., Hartzell, R. (2009). Evaluation of a 20th sexology course at two universities. Metamorphosis. Available at 

Butler, S., Hartzell R., & Sherwood-Puzzello, C. (2008). Perceived benefits of human sexuality peer facilitators. Perspectives in Peer Programs, 37, 252-265. (reprinted with permission). 

Yarber, W., Crosby, R., Graham, C., Sanders, S., Hartzell, R., McBride, K., Milhausen, R., Brown, L., Legocki, L., Payne, M. & Rothring, A. (2007). Correlates of Putting Condoms On After Sex Has Begun and of Removing Them Before Sex Ends: A Study of Men Attending an Urban Public STD Clinic. American Journal of Men’s Health, 1, 190-196. 

Yarber, W., Crosby, R., Sanders, S., Graham, C., Butler, S., & Hartzell, R. (2007). “Do you know what your doing?” College students’ experiences with male condoms. American Journal of Health Education, 38(6), 322-331. 

Butler, S., Hartzell, R., Sherwood-Puzzello, C. (2007). Perceived benefits of human sexuality peer facilitators. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, 10.  

Hartzell, R. (2006). Senior sex: exploring the sex lives of older adults. Journal of Sex Research, 43(3) 292-293. 

Butler, S., Hartzell, R., Przybyla, S., & Bock, L. (2006). Moving beyond peer education: using peer advocates to increase condom availability on college campuses. Perspective in Peer Programming, 20(2), 17-4. 

Hartzell, R. (2005/2006) Indiana University urinal guard program: an alternative strategy for promoting sexual assault prevention messages and recruiting male volunteers. The Peer Educator, 28(3), 11. 

Hartzell, R., Donovan, M., Berg, C. & Butler, S. (2005). RAISE at Indiana University Raising Awareness of Interactions in Sexual Encounters. The Peer Educator, 27 (6): 12-13.