Theodorus Sandfort

Theodorus Sandfort

Theodorus Sandfort

Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences (in Psychiatry)


1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 15
New York NY 10032



Theo Sandfort, trained and worker in the Netherlands as a social psychologist. He was Chairman of the Interfaculty Department of Lesbian and Gay Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands and Director of the Research Program "Diversity, Lifestyles and Health" at the Netherlands Institute of Social Sexological Research. He is a former President of the Dutch Society of Sexology and the International Academy of Sex Research. His research interests center around sexual health, homosexuality and sexual development. He has extensive experience in working with CBO's in the field of sexuality. In terms of research methods he is skilled in both quantitative and qualitative approaches. He was involved in large as well as small-scale studies, aimed at surveying sexual behavior and attitudes, identifying determinants of health behavior, needs assessments, evaluating mass media and small-scale health interventions, and identifying the epidemiology of mental disorders. In his applied research he enjoys helping to identify basic research needs of professional organizations and promoting the application of research findings.



PhD, 1988, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Editorial Boards

Archives of Sexual Behavior


Culture, Health and Sexuality

Columbia Affiliations

HIV Center

Additional Affiliations

Past-President, International Academy of Sex Research

Fellow, American Psychological Association

Member, American Public Health Association

Member, International AIDS Society

Member, Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

Member, Society for Personality and Social Psychology

Areas of Expertise

HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Sex Education and Safe Sex

Select Publications

Sandfort, Th. G. M., Graaf, R. de, Bijl, R. V. & Schnabel, P. Same-sex sexual behavior and psychiatric disorders: Findings from the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS). Archives of General Psychiatry 58 85-91 2001

Sandfort, T. G. M., & Ehrhardt, A. A. Sexual health: A useful public health paradigm or a moral imperative? Archives of Sexual Behavior 33 181-187 2004

Sandfort, Th. G. M. & Keizer, M. de Sexual problems in gay men: An overview of empirical research. Annual Review of Sex Research 12 93-120 2001

Stulhofer, A., & Sandfort Th.G.M. (Eds.) Sexuality and gender in post-comunist Eastern Europe and Russia. Haworth Press NY in press

Sandfort, Th. G. M., Schuyf, J., Duyvendak, J. W., & Weeks, J. (Eds.) Lesbian & Gay Studies: An Introductory, Interdisciplinary Approach Sage London, UK 2000

Sandfort, Th. G. M., & Rademakers, J. (Eds.) Childhood Sexuality: Normal Sexual Behavior and Development Haworth Press New York 2000

Sandfort, Th. G. M. (Ed.) The Dutch response to HIV: Pragmatism and consensus UCL Press London, UK 1998

Hubert, M. C., Bajos, N., & Sandfort, Th. G. M. (Eds.) Sexual behaviour and HIV/AIDS in Europe. UCL Press London, UK 1998

Schiltz, M. A. & Sandfort, Th. G. M. HIV-positive people, risk and sexual behaviour. Social Science and Medicine 50 1571-1588 2000

Dodge, B., Reece, M., Cole, S. L., & Sandfort, T. Sexual compulsivity among heterosexual college students Journal of Sex Research in press

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