PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH

 

Participation in any of our studies is strictly voluntary and confidential. For more information or to sign up for any of the studies below, please contact us by email at sex.lab@queensu.ca or by phone at 613.533.3276.

Unless otherwise stated, all in-lab studies take place at:

The Sexual Health Research Lab
Queens University - Humphrey Hall
Department of Psychology, Queen's University
62 Arch Street, Kingston, Ontario.


ONLINE STUDIES


OCEAN Study: The Interpersonal Context of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD) (PGAD Partner Study)

This study seeks to understand the experiences of persistent genital arousal symptoms on intimate relationships. We are interested in learning more about how this condition affects relationship dynamics among couples where one member lives with persistent genital arousal, including sexual functioning, sexual and relationship satisfaction, partner support, and mood. Prize draws available!

The survey will take approximately 40-50 minutes to complete, but could be longer depending on how much you wish to share.


Participant criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Fluent in English

  • Experiencing persistent genital arousal symptoms

  • Involved in an intimate, committed relationship for at least 3 months, OR

  • Have, at some point since the onset of your symptoms, been involved in a committed, intimate relationship for a minimum of 3 months

* You will have the option to invite your partner to participate in the study as well, although you are not obligated to invite your partner.


CORAL Study: Sexuality and relationship functioning among healthy couples

This study seeks to understand the romantic and sexual relationship experiences of healthy couples. This study is a part of a larger study on the influence of persistent genital arousal symptoms on intimate relationships. We are interested in learning more about how this condition affects relationship dynamics among couples where one member lives with persistent genital arousal, and how different aspects of the romantic and sexual relationship (including sexual functioning, sexual and relationship satisfaction, partner support, and mood) compare to healthy couples.

Members of each couple will complete the survey one at a time. The first member will click the following link, complete the survey, and then enter their partner’s email at the end of the survey. The survey link will then be automatically emailed to the second member of the couple, and they will complete the study via the emailed link. Prize draws available!

Participant criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Fluent in English

  • Involved in an intimate, committed relationship for at least 3 months

  • Not currently experiencing a sexual problem, chronic pain, or medical/psychological disorder

* Notice: if one member of your couple experiences persistent genital arousal, see the OCEAN study (above)!


Participant criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Fluent in English

  • Not currently experiencing any sexual difficulties/problems

  • Access to the internet: study involves streaming videos

  • Comfortable watching sexually explicit videos

ONYX Study: Factors Influencing Genital Arousal Sensations and Perceptions

This online study seeks to better understand the experience of genital arousal by looking and the factors that may influence genital arousal sensations and perceptions. You will be invited to complete an online questionnaire about arousal after two brief videos. Please note, one of the videos will include sexually explicit material. Prize draws available!

The survey will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.


Sexual Well-Being in Self-Identified Bisexual Individuals  

This online study seeks to understand more about factors related to social, relational and sexual well-being in self-identified bisexual individuals in relationships. As well, we are interested in learning more about how these factors are similar and unique for self-identified bisexual individuals in same-gender versus mixed-gender relationships. Prize draws available!

The survey will take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

Participant criteria:

  • Attracted to more than one gender

  • Have been in a committed romantic relationship

  • Age 18 or older

  • Fluent in English


Prostate Cancer Patient Experiences

We are seeking prostate cancer patients and survivors for an online study on patient experiences.

Study procedures: You will complete online questionnaires about diagnosis and treatment history, sexual functioning, sexual and relationship satisfaction, mental and physical well being, and healthcare experiences.Participating will take 60 to 90 minutes. Prize draws available!

This study is funded by a Prostate Cancer Canada Movember Discovery Grant.

 

Participant criteria:

  • Diagnosed with non-metastatic prostate cancer

  • No previous cancer diagnosis

  • Age 18 or older

  • Fluent in English

 


Examining Sex Therapists' Perceptions of 'Sexual Script Flexibility'

The purpose of the study is to (1) further our understanding of how sexual script flexibility is defined, and (2) generate an item pool of flexible and inflexible thoughts and behaviours to aid in the development of a comprehensive measure of sexual script flexibility.

Participant Criteria

  • An active or retired sex therapist

  • Age 18 or older

  • Fluent in English


Anal Pain Study

The purpose of the study is to examine (1) pain characteristics of anal pain, (2) how thoughts may be related to an individual’s experience of anal pain, (3) how partner responses (when applicable) may contribute to how an individual experiences anal pain, and (4) sexual functioning, sexual satisfaction, and relationship satisfaction of individuals who experience anal pain.

Participant Criteria

  • Must experience pain during receptive anal penetration

  • Age 18 or older

  • Fluent in English


IN-LAB STUDIES


PINE Study: A Biopsychosocial Investigation of Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder in Women

The current study aims to better understand sensory, blood flow, epigenetic, and psychological factors involved in the expression of persistent genital arousal disorder.

 Study procedures include 1) a brief gynecological exam 2) questionnaires 3) sensory testing 4) genital arousal testing and 5) a saliva sample.  Participation will take approximate 2.5-3 hours total. Compensation is provided.

Inquiries and study participation are completely confidential.

Participant Criteria

  • Women

  • Currently experiencing persistent genital arousal disorder

  • Over 18 years of age

  • Fluent in English


Patient Reported Outcomes Study (PROS)

Coming Spring 2019

We are conducting a study with focus groups as part of the development of a patient self-report outcome measure for quality of pain in women with vulvodynia. This outcome measure will be used in future research to help classify different types of vulvodynia and assess treatment progress.

Participant Criteria

  • Healthy women who experience vulvar pain

  • Over 18 years

  • Fluent in English