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 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.


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 cancerNo previous cancer diagnosisAge 18 or olderFluent 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


Patient Reported Outcomes Study (PROS)

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

The Investigation of Clitoral Changes During Sexual Arousal

The current study aims to explore what clitoral blood flow looks like over time during sexual arousal.

Study procedures include: 1) a telephone/online screening process; 2) online (or paper copy) completion of questionnaires; and 3) a pelvic functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) session.

Compensation provided.

Participant Criteria

  • Healthy women

  • Age 18 - 40

  • Fluent in English