Sex therapy can often be a sensitive subject for many individuals and couples. With a more fulfilling sex life, however, you can have a more satisfying quality of life overall.  Dr. Hartzell:

• Provides a safe, open environment
Is non-judgmental
Assists people in gaining a deeper understanding of their own sexuality and how it affects their lives and their relationships

Helps individuals and couples learn how to communicate their sexual needs and desires to deepen their sexual lives. 
Rose Hartzell, PhD, EdS

About Dr. Hartzell

Rose Hartzell-Cushanick's focus in sexual health began during graduate work at Indiana University.  At this time she trained under Dr. Angela Marshall working as a sex therapist. Dr. Hartzell has received extensive training there in cognitive behavioral therapy and marital and couple therapy. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (license number 53079) as well as a certified sex therapist and certified sex educator through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT).  She also has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and enjoys helping the people she works with to heal themselves from past trauma which may be negatively impacting their relationships and themselves.


Throughout her graduate career Dr. Hartzell also worked as a sexual health educator for the Indiana University Health Center and Office for Women’s Affairs. She ran the campus’s sexual assault prevention program and provided education regarding STIs/HIV and contraception to the campuses students. She also conducted sex research for the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction and the Rural Center for AIDS Prevention (RCAP) at this time. At this time she was awarded the Emerging Professional Award for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS).


Dr. Hartzell has continued to pursue her passion and commitment to the field of sexuality by working closely with Dr. Irwin Goldstein at San Diego Sexual Medicine. Dr. Hartzell currently is responsible for addressing the sexuality, relationship, and intimacy concerns of individuals and couples who seek help at San Diego Sexual Medicine.  She is also responsible for educating sex therapists and medical doctors in the San Diego area during monthly Sexual Medicine Rounds held at Alvarado Hospital.

Dr. Hartzell has written multiple publications and has given over 50 presentations at international and national meetings on sexuality matters. She has published numerous journal articles in professional journals and a number of book chapters discussing sexual health. Dr. Hartzell is an AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator and has taught numerous classes at San Diego State University, Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, and National University.  She also has served as the scientific program co-chair for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality national conferences in 2013 and 2014.

Dr. Hartzell is a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Sexual Medicine Society of North America (SMSNA), the Society for Sex Therapy & Research (SSTAR), the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA), and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT). She also serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Sexual Medicine. She currently serves on the Board of ISSWSH.

Dr. Hartzell is also an expert consultant/writer for and is the sex therapy ambassador for The 100 Women Project.  She serves as a monthly sex expert for FOX5 News in San Diego and has been featured on CW6 in San Diego. Dr. Hartzell has been quoted in many magazine and newspaper articles including The New York Times and Women’s Health magazine.


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