Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Nancy Gambescia, PhD

Nancy Gambescia, PhD

Nancy  Gambescia, Ph.D.  is an author, educator and therapist. She is a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, and a certified sexologist and diplomate of the American Board of Sexology. 

Dr. Gambescia is committed to teaching about this vital and often overlooked aspect of the human experience to psychiatry residents at Penn. Sexual issues are important to the individual at all stages of the life cycle, and sexual functioning is a lifelong capacity. Sexual problems are common and often embedded in the dynamics of relationship; research indicates that sexual and relationship satisfaction are correlated. Furthermore, disruptions in sexual functioning can be the harbinger of an underlying medical disorder.

Dr. Gambescia completed her clinical training at the Council for Relationships (formerly Marriage Council of Philadelphia) and her doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has presented at professional conferences in the United States and abroad. Currently, she is the director of the post-graduate clinical program in Sex Therapy at Council for Relationships, Philadelphia, PA.

Dr. Gambescia is an Approved Supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a supervisor for the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.

Dr. Gambescia has coauthored six books in addition to multiple journal articles and chapters in textbooks, which focus on relationship and sexual issues.


  • Weeks, G., Gambescia, N. & Hertlein, K., (2016). A clinician’s guide to systemic sex therapy, 2 nd ed.. New York: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
  • Weeks, G. & Gambescia, N. (2015). Couple therapy and sexual problems: In A. Gurman, J. Lebow, and D. Snyder (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of  Couple Therapy (5th Edition). New York: Guilford.  
  • Hertlein, K. M., Weeks, G. R. & Gambescia, N. (Eds.) (2015). Systemic sex therapy, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
  • Pressman, P. & Gambescia, N. (2011). Hypoactive sexual desire disorder in women: An evolving understanding. The ob/gyn nurse- np/pa. 3 (2), 21-23.
  • Gambescia, N. Sendak, S. & Weeks, G. (2009). The Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction.Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 20 (2) 221-240.
  • Hertlein, K. M., Weeks, G. R., & Gambescia, N. (Eds.) (2009). Systemic Sex Therapy. New York: Routledge: Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
  • Weeks, G.,Hertlein, K. Gambescia, N. (2009). The Treatment of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. Journal of Family Psychotherapy, 20 (2), 129-149.
  • Fife, S. T., Weeks, G. R., & Gambescia, N. (2008). Treating infidelity: An integrative approach. The Family Journal: Counseling & Therapy for Couples and Families, 16(4), 316-323.
  • Fife, S. T., Weeks, G., R., & Gambescia, N. (2007). The intersystems approach to treating infidelity. In P. R. Peluso (Ed.) Infidelity: A practitioner's guide to working with couples in crisis. New York: Routledge.
  • Hertlein, K. M., Weeks, G. R., & Gambescia, N. (2007). The treatment of hypoactive sexual desire disorder: An Intersystem approach. In L. Vandercreek, F. Peterson, & J. Bley (Eds.) Innovations in Clinical Practice: Focus on Sexual Health. Sarasota, Florida: Professional Resource Press.
  • Gambescia, N. & Weeks, G. (2006) Sexual Dysfunction. In In N. Kazantizis & L. L'Abate (Eds.) Handbook of homework assignments in Psychotherapy: Research, Practice, and Prevention. Kluwer Academic Publishers. Norwell, MA.
  • Gambescia, N. & Weeks, G. (2006). Erectile Dysfunction. In J. Fisher & W. O’Donohue (Eds.) Practitioner's Guide to Evidence Based Psychotherapy. New York, New York: Springer.
  • Weeks, G., Gambescia, N., and Jenkins, R. (2003). Treating infidelity: Therapeutic dilemmas and effective strategies. New York: Norton.
  • Weeks, G. & Gambescia, N. (2002). Hypoactive sexual desire: Integrating sex and couple therapy. New York: Norton Weeks, G. & Gambescia, N. (2000).
  • Weeks, G. & Gambescia, N. (2000). Erectile dysfunction: Integrating couple therapy, sex therapy, and medical treatment. New York: Norton.

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