Browse through Pepper's many contributions to the fields of intimacy and sexuality. 

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With 25 books to chose from, you're sure to find one that grabs your attention.

Television & Entertainment

See Pepper's television appearances and learn about her filmography.


USA Today: The Dating Game

By Valerie Finholm

As part of the USA Today Best Years magazine, Dr. Pepper and other experts explain why so many single older adults are turning to online dating and which sites give them the best shot at finding Mister or Misses Right!

Read the article now!

Dr. Pepper breaks down how she uses the “Home Visit” to pair up couples on Lifetime’s MAFS. Season 9 premieres June 12 on Lifetime!

Watch now!

Podcast: Intimacy Through The Ages: How Getting Older Shifts Dating And Relationships

Listen to Dr. Pepper sit down with The State of Things podcast and discuss the impact aging has on intimacy, and a decade by decade look at shifts in bodies, relationships and attitudes.

Listen now!

Over the hill and online: Dr. Pepper sits down with the American Sociological Association to discuss the massive increase in online daters over-50.


This Is the Surprising Age When You’ll Have the Best Sex of Your Life

By Emily DiNuzzo

“Best sex” is a subjective term, according to Dr. Schwartz. “The most important thing about sex as we age, and at any age, is to have the right attitude,” she says.

Continue to full article on Reader’s Digest by clicking here.

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The sex talk: Why older adults may be due for a refresher course

By Robyn A. Friedman

There’s been a dramatic rise in HIV/AIDS incidences among older adults—but why? And why now? Some of the factors Friedman discusses in her new City & Shore article include:

1) Viagra, Levitra, Cialis, implants and other tools are allowing men to be sexually active longer in life.

2) Many older adults came of age before AIDS was an issue, so they never learned about safe sex or, if they were in a monogamous long-term relationship, they didn’t care.

Not to forget how social norms and attitudes influence sexual behavior, Friedman enlists Dr. Schwartz to help explain how sociological and individual factors may also contribute to the rise:

3) “For the most part, older people identify condoms with staving off reproduction, so when they’re not able to get pregnant, they tend to not use condoms,” says Schwartz.

4) “You’re a different human being than you were [when you were younger], and you may have assumptions of what sex will be like, but particularly if you’ve been in a long-term marriage, you haven’t thought about how you measure up on the dating scene, who will find you attractive, what are the new norms of how long you wait and what is acceptable given that everyone knows you’ve had a full sex life at some point,” Schwartz says. “You simply don’t know the dance steps, so it’s a challenge because the rules, if they ever were clear, are even less so at this point.”

Continue to full article on City & Shore.

You might know Dr. Pepper Schwartz from any one of many places. She's a professor of Sociology at the University of Washington. But she's also the author of 25 books, the former Sex and Relationship Expert with AARP and she is now on her sixth season of Lifetime TVs Married at First Sight.

In this conversation, we talk about the influence that the times have on us. In Pepper’s case, as a child of the 60’s, she was surrounded by a culture of sex, drugs and rock and roll and she learned how to push the boundaries at a very early age. A Yale graduate, she’s had a successful career at the University of Washington as one of the first professors hired for a tenured position (she’s now been there for 40 years). She continues to change with the times and her teachings reflect her own interests and path including, now, sex in the aging population.

Seattle's best known love expert weighs in on finding love in the Pacific Northwest

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The realist’s guide to online dating after 50

By Michele Weldon

Just how do you find Mister or Misses Right after 50?

Get ready to invest lots of time, prepare for a few setbacks, and give yourself a healthy dose of realism when you’re dating later in life. This is, after all, the “realist’s” guide to dating after 50…

Continue to full article on Considerable here!


NPR segment: Dating after retirement

Pepper sits down with NPR’s 1A WAMU to discuss how men and women date and mate differently post-retirement.

Click here to listen to the segment!

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Dateless in Seattle

By: Beau Iverson

This article appears in print in the February 2019 issue of Seattle Magazine.

Dating in Seattle isn’t easy. Our weather is gloomy, we work a lot, many locals have embraced the Nordic reserve of the city’s early citizens, and, yes, the “Seattle Freeze” is a thing. So, how does one find love here? We asked Jenna Bean Veatch, a multidisciplinary artist, teacher and creator of “The Not-Creepy Gathering for People Who Are Single and Want to Fall In Love” meetups, and Pepper Schwartz, Ph.D., a sociologist and sexologist at the University of Washington—and the Salish Lodge’s “romance concierge”—for their tips.

Continue to full article by clicking here!


NYPost: The red flags to look for before you get married.

By Catherine Kast

More than 55,000 single men and women have applied to be on Lifetime’s “Married at First Sight,” a reality show in its eighth season that puts a modern twist on arranged marriage. A panel of relationship experts — psychologist Jessica Griffin, sociologist Pepper Schwartz and pastor Cal Roberson — comb through the applicants and choose couples that then meet at the altar as strangers. The stakes are high: At the end of the eight-week trial period, the four selected couples have to decide whether they want to stay married or get divorced.

Here are the red flags that three experts think all couples should look for before saying “I do.”


Why unrequited love is worse the older you get.

By Morey Stettner

Pepper offers advice on how to manage unrequited love post-60.

“If you’re fixated on someone and you’re not getting the response you want, it’s never easy,” says Pepper. “But when you’re older, it’s a scarcer resource. You may wonder if you’ll ever find a love like this again.”

Read the full article on Market Watch by clicking here.


Put a ring on it? No way, more older singles say

By Janet Siroto

Pepper gives insight on why Americans are shucking marriage today more than ever before.

“…Often, the conditions of past marriages were painful enough and difficult enough that they are loath to re-enter that fray.”

Read the full article on Considerable by clicking here.


How to avoid Thanksgiving family drama.

When it comes to politics at the dinner table, Pepper’s advice: “There’s no advantage to talking about politics at Thanksgiving. It’s fraught with danger…Not that it’s not important, but you don’t need it that day. You can do whatever you want to do the other 364 days of the year.”

Read the rest of Pepper’s advice to defuse family conflict in this new Right as Rain article by UW Medicine.

Let’s talk about sex.

Pepper sits down with the people at Lovehoney to talk about all things erotic, romantic, and…well…sexy!

Get some practical tips and fun ideas from one of America’s most prolific sexologists.

Lovehoney interviews Pepper Schwartz, PhD

Zestful Aging: Why we study relationships and age together.

Pepper sits down with Nicole Christina, LCSW, for her podcast Zestful Aging to talk about why we need the field of intimacy research, how much is at stake for the modern day woman, and how sex and love is (and is not) different at different ages.

Zestful Aging with Pepper Schwartz, PhD

Help Keep Sex Research Alive!

Endowed Professorship in Dr. Schwartz's Name


Fundraising progress through May 2018

Help us reach our goal!

The University of Minnesota is instituting an endowed professorship in Dr. Schwartz's name. This professorship ensures that the study of aging and sexuality continues regardless of varying sociopolitical climates. Without these funded, endowed professorships, studies on sex and intimacy will become more and more rare, especially those focusing on often overlooked populations like older adults. If you can donate anything to the cause, please do! If giving money is not an option for you, sharing this link and the video above to spread the word is also incredibly helpful!

"An endowed professorship in sexuality and aging will ensure the ongoing sustainability, growth, and success of our bold three-pronged mission to: 1) Expand scientific research in positive sexual health and clinical care for older adults 2) Improve education about aging and sexuality for healthcare providers 3) Provide accurate information and positive attitudes about sexuality among aging people through the media PHS named this professorship to honor Dr. Pepper Schwartz for her lifetime of contributions to the field of sexual health."

-University of Minnesota


New book on gender!

Springer Publishing has released the Handbook of the Sociology of Gender featuring Dr. Schwartz and co-author Nicholas Velotta. Their chapter, titled "Gender and Sexuality in Aging", is an illustrative review of the current state of sex and romance in the latter part of the life cycle. Both an eye-opening and well-rounded contribution, Schwartz and Velotta explore the intimate pairings, sexual behaviors, and psychological make-up of America's post-50 population.


Love persists, when we are struggling to.

In a new article featured in the Journal of Aging Life Care, Pepper and co-author Nicholas Velotta examine what love looks like after youth and how long-term care facilities are contributing to a culture of sexual repression in our aging population.

"The Changing Nature of Intimate and Sexual Relationships in Later Life" - Schwartz & Velotta




"Dear Sugars"

Pepper joins the Sugars to dispel myths about sex later in life! Listen in by clicking the link below and pressing play.

Sex & Aging - With Dr. Pepper Schwartz

The 8 Most Common Fights Couples Have (And How to Resolve Them)

The title says it all! Pop Sugar taps into Pepper's experience dealing with warring couples and how to get them to remedy their grievances.

-Go to Pop Sugar article-

Looking for love later in life.

With the growing population of Americans reaching retirement age, many unmarried men and women find themselves single and ready to mingle in the later years of their life.

Pepper gives her expert insight on what the dating landscape looks like for our post-50 population and how men and women can optimize their chances at finding The One later in life.

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Oh, Melania...How much more humiliation can she take?

"I don't think she ever imagined that he was going to be faithful to her..."

The LA Times gets Pepper's read on First Lady Melania Trump's choice to stay in what many see as a jocular, unsatisfactory marriage.

-Go to the Los Angeles Times article-

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Sex and guilt

Who feels guilt after sex and why? Pepper offers her expert knowledge along with other scholars on why guilt and sex have had a long history with one another and how to move past it in your own sex life.

-Go to The Daily article-

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Anatomy of love: A mixed tape

This is your body in love. In a new article, Pepper illuminates what it means to be in love...physiologically. And to top it off, for each of love's physiological reactions there is an aptly named love song to go along with it. Get your Valentine's Day on with this special version of a lover's mixed tape!

-Go to UW Medicine article-

A frugal lover's Valentine's Day

Pepper gives advice for those lovers that are looking for a great gift for their partner on tight budget.

-Go to the USA Today article-

My Married At First Sight Take-Away: Don't Give Up On Love!

Using our words.

The Aziz Ansari take-away: Talk about sex before having it.

Dr. Schwartz discusses the oft-messy topic of consent in today's polarizing sexual climate in her new Seattle Times Op-Ed.

-Go to The Seattle Times article-

What Does A Healthy Relationship Look Like?

Along with other relationship experts, Pepper gives readers quick insights into some of the basic constituents of a healthy relationship.

-Go to Huffington Post Article-

Pepper sits down with Beth Whitman for her podcast Be Bold to talk feminism then-and-now, the current sexual harassment movement, and her extensive background in women's rights.

-Go to Be Bold Podcast-

Dating Someone with Dementia

Pepper is interviewed by reporter Nancy Monson and gives tips for those who are dating while also being a caretaker for a spouse with dementia or for those who are dating someone in this situation. A thought-provoking article that touches on the realities of loving someone who develops Alzheimer's and trying to move on in the most caring and respectful way possible. -Go to article-


Tips on finding your perfect match.

Pepper talks about her experiences on Married At First Sight, what to look for in a partner, and what matters long-term.

Listen to the interview on 1150 AM KKNW (Interview Date: 10/17/2017 11:30AM)

PhD Schwartz to present at the

Family Issues Symposium

Along with co-author and research associate Nicholas Velotta, BA, Pepper Schwartz will be giving a lecture at Penn State on October 23 for her forthcoming article: Online dating: Changing intimacy one swipe at a time?

The talk will focus on how online dating has and has not affected the dating and mating game. How did online dating manage to make its way into the mainstream? Do we have a better chance at finding The One in the era of matching algorithms? Who are the most attractive people online...and who are the least? Learn how governments around the world are funding online dating programs to prevent population decline.

The lecture will be followed by an open Q&A session with the experts themselves. And while you're there, check out all the other amazing topics. Like how Tinder may lead to faster marriages and how children using technology changes family roles and rules.

Catch Pepper's Interview with the Eggology Club

Description: Pepper Schwartz of the reality tv show, Married At First Sight joins the girls from Eggology Club to discuss the modern changes of families, relationships, and individualism from the past. Learn about Dr. Pepper‘s secrets and personal story to having it all and how to use current technology advancements to benefit your future.

Bringing back the sexy on Valentine's Day