Rosemary Basson

Degrees / Designations 


Email Address 
604 875 8254
Mailing Address 
UBC Sexual Medicine Program UBC Hospital Purdy Pavilion 2221 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver V6T 2B5 BC


Academic Appointment 
Clinical Professor
Body Locations and Systems 
Men's and Women's Health
Other Areas of Research 
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for sexual pain
Childhood stress and adult hypothalamic pituitary adrenal dysregulation

Dr Basson is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Director of the University of British Columbia Sexual Medicine Program. Her research team’s recent CIHR funded study includes disconfirming any differences in androgen activity using mass spectroscopy assays of testosterone and metabolites, between women with and without Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, but finding instead altered stress hormones in the clinical women. She was recently awarded further CIHR funds to pursue this investigation as well as funding to compare two programs for sexual pain from Provoked Vestibulodynia including MBCT or CBT. Her 80 plus peer reviewed publications include a series in The Lancet on sexual dysfunction subsequent to illness, a NEJM review on clinical aspects of women’s sexual dysfunction, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ series on sexual dysfunction plus online reviews for the BMJ ‘Point of Care’ and BMJ Best Practice. She is extensively involved in teaching at undergraduate, post graduate and CME levels.

Current Projects 

Integrated Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy versus Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Provoked Vestibulodynia.
Fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, and pain outcomes among women with vulvodynia.
Stress Hormones, Mood and Women Sexual Desire.
The IMPROVED study: Integrated Mindfulness for Provoked Vestibulodynia.
Updating the American Endocrine Society's guidelines on androgen therapy in women.