It’s Complicated: Traumatic Brain Injury and Sexuality

Nov. 7, 2014; 12-1:15 p.m. (ET)



This presentation will explore the issues associated with sexuality and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Some TBI patients experience sexual dysfunction — whether it is physical, behavioral or psychosocial. Providers must feel comfortable taking a good history to provide appropriate education and treatment. Although the body of literature related to TBI and sexuality is growing, significant gaps in the literature exist regarding treatment of sexual dysfunction after TBI. Because of these gaps, a general approach will be discussed for addressing sexual difficulties experienced by our service members and veterans.

At the conclusion of this educational program, learners will be able to:

  • Identify the major psychological and medical effects associated with TBI that can effect sexuality
  • Describe the general issues that need to be considered when addressing sexuality and TBI
  • Describe points associated with sustaining sexuality after TBI: communicate, educate, wellness, treatment
  • Describe the importance of including the partner when working on sexual issues post TBI


Marcalee Alexander, M.D.
Associate Chief of Staff for Rehabilitative Services Birmingham VA Medical Center Clinical Professor of Physical Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham


Lt. Cmdr. Cathleen Davies, M.S., CCC-SLP/CBIS, USPHS
Chief of Clinical Training and Education Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center Silver Spring, Md.

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