Abby Girard

Assistant Professor
Program Coordinator, Relationship and Sex Therapy


Abby Girard, PsyD, is an assistant professor and the coordinator of the Relationship and Sex Therapy Program at the Eli Coleman Institute for Sexual and Gender Health (ISGH). She was the second Michael E. Metz postdoctoral fellow at ISGH, with research and clinical work centered on couples' sexual health. Her dissertation research focused on the role of infidelity typologies in predicting attachment anxiety and avoidance. Her clinical training has included psychotherapy experience in community counseling centers, outpatient sexual medicine clinics, and treating individuals and couples in private practice. Dr. Girard's areas of interest include sexual health and functioning, sexual desire discrepancy, compulsive sexual behavior, gender and sexual identity development, couples/relationship intimacy concerns, sexual trauma/abuse recovery, and social justice advocacy. Dr. Girard received her MA in Marital and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego, and her PsyD in Marital and Family Therapy from Alliant International University. 

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Professional Memberships

International Academy of Sex Research
Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer 
European Society for Sexual Medicine 
International Society for Sexual Medicine 
International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health 
Society for Sex Therapy and Research 
International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy 
Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality 
American Association of Sexual Educators, Counselors & Therapists 
American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists


Doctor of Psychology, Alliant International University
Major: Couple and Family Therapy
Master of Arts, University of San Diego
Major: Marital and Family Therapy
Bachelor of Arts, The Pennsylvania State University
Major: Psychology

Licensures and Certifications

Certified Sex Therapist, American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT)
Licensed Marital and Family Therapist, California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Certified Psycho-Sexologist, European Society of Sexual Medicine/European Federation of Sexology



Institute for Sexual and Gender Health
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