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Open Coffees are a gathering for Change Makers across the spectrum and serve as an opportunity to meet with some of Omaha's most impacting and influential people. Each week we invite a special guest to share their personal story in an open Q&A format, allowing attendees to ask key questions that might inspire new ideas and spring them into action! Think of it like getting a coffee meeting with someone really great but as a group!

Join us May 1 for Open Coffee with Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel. She is a 2017 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans recipient as well as a 2017 Tribute to Women Honoree. She also received the 2017 UNO Chancellor’s Commission on the Status of Women Outstanding Achievement Award and the 2015 Mary Anne Lamanna Excellence in Women and Gender Studies Award. She recently earned “Best Senior Research Poster” for her work discussing the the role of attitudes, sexual behavior patterns, and gender on sexual satisfaction among pregnant couples at the 2017 International Academy of Sex Research Annual Meeting. Her 2016 TEDxOmaha talk “The lies we tell pregnant women” was promoted by TED.com and has being viewed over 3 million times across all platforms.


Dr. Jawed-Wessel is an Assistant Professor in the School of Health and Kinesiology at the
University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and the Associate Director of the Midlands Sexual
Health Research Collaborative. Dr. Jawed-Wessel also holds a joint appointment with the
Women and Gender Studies program at UNO and a courtesy appointment in the College of
Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Dr. Jawed-Wessel holds both a
Master of Science in Public Health (MPH) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in
Health Behavior from the School of Public Health at Indiana University Bloomington.
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"Open Coffee with" agenda
8:00 - Reception Chatter
8:20 - Presentation, Q&A
9:00 - Community announcements
9:15 - Networking
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More about Dr. JW:


Dr. Sofia Jawed-Wessel teaches and generates new knowledge in the area of public health
through scientific inquiry. Her research focuses on documenting the sexual health of women and
couples as they transition into parenthood by documenting sexual behaviors, sexual function,
relationship adjustment, and sexual changes during pregnancy and after childbirth. The long-
term goal of her research trajectory is to understand how women’s intimate relationships are
impacted by sexual and maternal objectification. Dr. Jawed-Wessel’s teachings utilize a sex-
positive and pleasure inclusive approach to providing medically accurate, comprehensive
sexuality education to undergraduate students as well as in the local Omaha community. She
teaches graduate level courses such as Research Methods, Health Behavior Theory, and
Leadership and Advocacy. Dr. Jawed-Wessel also fights for women’s rights and reproductive
justice through her research and community service. She has provided expert testimony for the
Nebraska Unicameral, the Nebraska School Board of Education, and the Omaha Public School
Board of Education. She has successfully organized and argued in favor of comprehensive sex
education in Omaha Public Schools and fights against restrictive anti-choice legislation in
Nebraska.


You can read more about Dr. Jawed-Wessel’s work here and here or visit the links below:
TEDxOmaha Talk:
http://www.ted.com/talks/sofia_jawed_wessel_the_lies_we_tell_pregnant_women

Comprehensive Sex Education:
http://www.todaysomahawoman.com/news/winter-2016/the- more-you- know/
http://www.livewellnebraska.com/sex/omaha-sex- researcher-parent- says-ops- needs-updated- sex-
ed/article_be8ed0a4-81b1- 11e5-b70c- f7c00d4da335.html?mode=jqm
On becoming a Sex Researcher:
https://conditionallyaccepted.com/2015/01/20/sex-researcher
Recent Publications:
Jawed-Wessel, S. & Sevick, E. (2017). Sexual behaviors during pregnancy and after childbirth.
Annual Review of Sex Research. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1274715
(not yet available, but will be released at this link very soon)
Jawed-Wessel, S., Herbenick, D., Schick, V. (2017). Body image and self-consciousness during
sexual and physical intimacy among first-time mothers. Journal of Sex and Marital
Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1212443
Jawed-Wessel, S., Schick, V., Herbenick, D., Fortenberry, D., Cattelona, G., Reece, M. (2016).
Development and validation of the Sex during Pregnancy Scales. Journal of Sex and
Marital Therapy, 42, 8: 681-701. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2015.1113587
Jawed-Wessel, S., Herbenick, D., Schick, V. (2013). The Sexual Function Questionnaire’s
Medical Impact Scale (SFQ-MIS): Validation among a sample of first-time mothers.
Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10:2715-2722. DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12307

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