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


OLIVE Study: A Five-Year Longitudinal Study of Psychosocial and Treatment Factors Associated with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder

This online study seeks to understand how persistent genital arousal disorder symptoms change over time, and the factors related to these changes. Currently there are no studies that follow individuals with PGAD over time. As a result, we have very little information about how these symptoms change over time, how long symptoms typically last, and what helps to increase, decrease, to resolve these symptoms. These are the questions that this study hopes to answer! 

The survey involves 6 brief online questionnaires, that are completed over five years. The surveys include questions about PGAD symptoms, mood, sexual functioning, and general health.  The first survey will be 45 minutes, and the remaining surveys will be shorter – between 10 to 30 minutes.

Participation and inquiries are strictly confidential.
Prize draws for each survey completed!

Participant criteria:

  • Open to participants of all genders

  • Currently experience persistent genital arousal disorder

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Fluent in English

 

Examining Characteristics of Penile Pain

This study seeks to understand the experiences penile pain. Penile pain has been documented on many occasions, but has been limited to a narrow scope of infectious and traumatic cause. We are interested in learning more about experiences of penile pain in order to better classify and understand this condition. We hope this information will enhance our understanding penile pain symptoms, which will help us to develop more effective treatment protocols for this condition. Prize draws available!

Completion of online questionnaires will take approximately 20-25 minutes.

Participant criteria:

  • 18 years of age or older

  • Fluent in English

  • Experiencing penile pain symptoms for a minimum of 3 months


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