What is the S3X Lab?

Lab LogoWelcome to the S3X Lab. We are a collaborative group of scholars working to advance sexual health and address sexuality-related stigma and health disparities in Texas and beyond. Recognizing the need to grow the next generation of counseling psychologists who advocate for sexual health, reduction in sexuality based stigmatization, and comprehensive sex education, the lab offers opportunities for students to foster and apply research skills to a wide range of research projects. Check here for any current projects and chances to participate in research.

Dr. Currin is accepting applications for his lab for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 admissions cycle.


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S3X Lab on Snapchat? Well kinda…

sexting on snapchatSo kind of a fun end to this semester… our press release from Texas Tech was picked up by a variety of news outlets over the past few weeks.  Our study has been featured in the US News & World Report, discussed somewhat hilariously on a LA radio morning show The Woody Show (about 45 min in on the podcast) and the UK’s Daily Mail.  However, that last news outlet evidently uploads stories to Snapchat, and today we found that out – because one of our studies was featured on it!  Who knew??  We had a good laugh about it.  It’s actually a good lesson in discussing research with the media.  You never know what outlets might pick up your findings.  Have a good winter break!

Despite What You Might Think, Sexting Isn’t Just About Sex: Texas Tech University Press Release

Kassidy and Dr. Currin were very excited to have their research highlighted this past week by the Texas Tech University.  As featured on Texas Tech Today, our presentation at the 2019 conference for the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality was highlighted for the unique conclusions that we found in our data, namely that sexting is more than just about attempting to engage in sex with a relationship partner.  Here is the press link here: https://today.ttu.edu/posts/2019/11/Stories/sexting-isnt-just-about-sex

SSSS 2019 Kass and Joe

S3X Lab in Denver for SSSS

Dr. Currin and Kassidy Cox will be in Denver Nov 7th thru the 10th to present some research from the lab at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).  Kassidy will present her poster, “Grouping Sexters by Motivations Using Latent Class Analysis.”  She will discuss how individuals who sexted in the sample collected, based on measures given including relational anxiety, sexual behavior inventories, and sexting motivations, were grouped into three classes of sexters:  1) those who sext for enjoyment, 2) those who sext for attachment, 3) and those who sext for non-sexual purposes.  Dr. Currin will be presenting “Sextually Aroused: Exploring How it Feels to Send and Receive Sext Messages.”  Spoiler alert – both individuals who send and receive endorse feeling “excited” – by almost 3 to 1.  Finally, Dr. Currin will also present a brief “Who Sexts First?” – and the surprise finding was that gender was NOT a predictor!

Sometimes you gotta just be festive :) – Updated!

thumbnail_IMG_0167So the psychology department has a door decorating contest every year for Halloween, and this year the S3X Lab went ALL IN on it!  Since our lab technically has TWO doors AND wall space in between… we blew it up!  Here’s a sneak peak for now, with all the lab members heads in a cauldron… but we’ll post a full reveal on Thursday (as an update to this message)!!  Remember Dr. Currin is recruiting at least one student so if you are interested in being somewhere that encourages hard work but also some silliness and fun, contact Dr. Currin and apply to Texas Tech’s Counseling Psych program, listing Dr. Currin as your first choice (in the pic below from left to right is Adetoro, Matt, Dr. Currin, Amelia, and Crystal)

S3X Lab in Miami for NLPA 2019

Matt NLPASome lab members went to Miami this past week to present our collaborative work with the Latinx Mental Health and Resiliency Lab here at Texas Tech.  Matt Sharkey (pictured here) presented a poster with results that demonstrated who Latinx male emerging adults received their sexual health information from and who they listened to most.  Gabriela Manzo presented a poster on how Latinx female emerging adults negotiated the dissonance between messages about sexual behaviors from their family, culture, and faith and their actual sexual behaviors.

When you don’t research sex…

photosynthesis… you end up researching your profession!  Sometimes, our interests delve into other aspects of our work besides our focused research interests.  Dr. Currin has several partnerships with multiple individuals that focused on learning more about how we teach and supervise psychology doctoral students.  The first publication, Photo-synthesis: Facilitating Goal Setting in Supervision Using Images and Creativitypublished in the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health, outlines a procedure that Dr. Currin and his colleagues, Drs. Brown and Schneider, use when facilitating goal setting with their supervisees.

New Article on How Sexual Minority Men Navigate Disclosure

New manuscript from the S3X Lab at Texas Tech University and the Sexual Health Reseach Lab at OSU Health Sciences explores how rural gay and bisexual men navigate disclosure of sexual orientation.  Title

Abstract: Previous models of sexual minority orientation identity development have theorized disclosure of current orientation as important in accepting one’s sexual minority identity. Furthermore, research into disclosure of sexual orientation highlights positive outcomes for disclosure and negative outcomes for concealment of sexual minority identity. These models, however, fail to incorporate the socio-cultural context of the individual. Using a grounded theory approach, we conducted 40 interviews with individuals who identified with a sexual minority identity living in rural areas in Oklahoma, a primarily socio-politically conservative state in the U.S. Data collection continued until thematic saturation was reached. Three main themes were identified by participants in regards to navigating disclosure of sexual orientation: (1) assessment of consequences to disclosure; (2) situational disclosure of sexual orientation; and (3) disclosure of current sexual orientation. Rural sexual minority men navigate disclosing their sexual orientation by considering the socio-cultural environment where they live and the acceptance and/or rejection of important individuals in their lives. This consideration demonstrates the importance of considering disclosure as a step in sexual minority identity development, not actual disclosure of sexual minority identity. A preliminary model of navigating disclosure is proposed and implications are discussed.  See the proposed model below.

Currin, J.M., Hubach, R.D., Meyers, H.J., Deboy, K.R., Giano Z., Wheeler, D.L., & Croff, J.M. (In press).  Navigating disclosure of sexual minority identity for men in socio-politically conservative areas. Gay and Lesbian Mental HealthAdvanced Online Publication.