Sofia Jawed-Wessel
Assistant Professor | PhD | MPH

I’m an Assistant Professor at The University of Nebraska at Omaha and the Associate Director of the Midlands Sexual Health Research Collaborative. My research focuses on understanding and improving the sexual health of women and couples as they transition into parenthood by documenting sexual behaviors, sexual function, relationship adjustment, and overall sexual changes during pregnancy and after childbirth. My 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. I also fight for women’s rights and reproductive justice and have successfully argued in favor of comprehensive sex education in Omaha Public Schools. My 2016 TEDxOmaha talk, “The lies we tell pregnant women,” was promoted by and has been viewed over 2.9 million times.

If you could make any lasting contribution to future generations here, what would it be?


I would open a shelter for homeless female veterans and their families. Help them get back on their feet by giving them the tools they need to succeed, such as offering a transitional housing program, educational and work program combined all in one.

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