Faculty and Staff

Heather Vinti

Heather Vinti

Assistant Professor

College of Education and Health Professions

(HHPR)-Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

Phone: 479-575-4110

Fax: (479) 575-5778

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Dr. Blunt earned an MPH and a PhD in public health from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health and joined the University of Arkansas faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Community Health Promotion Program in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation, in 2014. Dr. Blunt’s dissertation was partially funded by the Foundation of the Scientific Study of Sexuality student research grant and explored young women’s communication and sexual satisfaction with committed and casual sexual partners. Dr. Blunt’s research interests include sexual pleasure and satisfaction, communication with sexual partners, sexual agency, and evaluation of sexual health programs. Her research utilizes mixed methods data collection and multivariable data analysis techniques.

  • Sexuality
  • Sexuality Communication
  • Sexual Satisfaction and Pleasure
  • Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programming and Evaluation
  • Sexual Agency
  • Human Sexuality
  • Program Planning and Evaluation
  • PhD, University of South Florida, Public Health
  • MPH, University of South Florida, Behavioral Health
  • BA, University of Waterloo, Psychology

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Blunt-Vinti, H.D., Wheldon, C., McFarlane, M., Brogan, N., & Walsh-Buhi, E.R. (2016). Assessing relationship and sexual satisfaction in adolescent relationships formed online and offline. Journal of Adolescent Health, 58, 11-16. doi: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1054139X15003870 . IF: 3.6

Tyler, S., Corvin, J., McNab, P., Fishleder, S., Blunt, H. & VandeWeerd, C. (2014). "You can't get a side of willpower”: Nutritional supports and barriers in The Villages, Fl. Journal of Nutrition in Gerontology and Geriatrics, 33, 1-18. doi: 10.1080/21551197.2014.907760.

Buhi, E. R., Klinkenberger, N., McFarlane, M., Kachur, R., Daley, E., Baldwin, J., Blunt, H. D., Hughes, S., Wheldon, C. W., & Rietmeijer, C. (2013). Evaluating the Internet as a sexually transmitted disease risk environment for teens: Findings from the Communication, Health, and Teens Study. Sexually Transmitted Diseases40(7), 528-533. doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e31829413f7

Book Chapters

Buhi, E. R., Blunt, H., Wheldon, C., & Bull, S. S. (2014). Sexuality and new technologies. In D. L.

Tolman & L. M. Diamond (Eds.), APA Handbook on Sexuality and Psychology, Vol. 2. Washington,

D.C.: APA Press.

DeBate, R., Blunt, H., & Becker, M.A. (2010). Eating disorders. In: Levin BL & Becker MA (Eds). A Public

Health Perspective of Women's Mental Health. New York: Springer.

Manuscripts Under Review

Chandler, R., Ross, H., & Blunt, H.D. Measuring physiological responses to popular R & B music videos: An application of eye tracking, skin response, pulse, and survey methods. Under review in Journal of Media Psychology.

Mahony, H., Blunt, H.D., Noble, S., Singleton, A., & Buhi, E.R. The relationship between social connectedness and sexual behaviors among adolescents living in non-metropolitan communities. Under review in Journal of Adolescence.

Manuscripts in Revision

Chandler, R., Anstey, E., Blunt, H., & Morrison-Beedy, D. (In revision). Testimonies of Black

College Women about Their HIV Prevention Intervention Needs [Projected resubmission: January, 2014 to Journal of Black Psychology]

Manuscripts in Preparation

Chandler, R., Blunt, H.D., & Ross, H. What catches your attention?: Assessing attention focus in popular R&B music videos. [Projected submission: November 2014 to Journal of Health Communications]  

Blunt, H.D., Wheldon, C., McFarlane, M., Klinkenberger, N., & Buhi, E.R. How did you two meet?: Exploring adolescent sexual relationships formed on- and off-line.[Projected submission: December, 2014 to Journal of Adolescent Health.]

Refereed Oral Presentations

Blunt, H.D. (2014, November). Predicting women’s sexual satisfaction: Is it all about getting what you want? The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Annual Meeting. Omaha, NB.

Blunt, H.D., & Buhi, E.R. (2013, November). Women's positive sexual health and the importance of COCS: Communication, orgasm, condom use, and satisfaction. 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Boston, MA.

Refereed Poster Presentations

Coulter, M., Blunt, H.D., & Mercado-Crespo, M. (2014, November) Fathers involvement: Good or Bad, how does it impact child outcomes? 142nd American Public Health Association conference. New Orleans,


Fishleder, S., Schonfeld, L., VandeWeerd, C.L., Blunt, H.D., Corvin, J., & Peterson, D. (2014, November). Pathways in The Villages: An analysis of alcohol consumption and stress utilizing structural equation modeling. 142nd American Public Health Association conference. New Orleans, LA.

Invited Presentations

Blunt, H.D. (2013, October). Good Sex. Guest lecture at Hillsborough Community College, Personal Wellness.

Blunt, H.D., & Fishleder, S. (2013, September). Social Capital and Health in The Villages. Presented at The Villages to residents.

Media References

Shelton, M. (2011, September 24). Teens and the sex partners they meet online. Psychology Today. Available at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sex-life-the-american-male/201109/teens-and-the-sex-partners- they-meet-online-0

2012 Principle Investigator
“People aren’t mind readers”: A study of sexual self-concept, partner communication, and sexual satisfaction
Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (FSSS) Student Grant
2011 Principle Investigator
Sexual Self-Concept, Partner Communication, and Satisfaction
USF College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health Dissertation Grant


2012 The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Outstanding Early Professional Award

2010, 2011 USF College of Public Health, Department of Community and Family Health
Student Travel Award
Funding for travel to professional conference

2010, 2011 USF College of Public Health
Student Honorary Awards for Research and Practice (SHARP)

2010, 2011 The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Outstanding Student Ambassador Award

2006 Florida Public Health Association
Masters level scholarship award

2007-2011 Florida Public Health Association
Doctoral level scholarship award

2008 USF College of Public Health
Samuel Bell III student scholarship award