Dr. Caroline Pukall received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University. She is currently Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Sex Therapy Service at the Psychology Clinic at Queen’s University. Caroline’s research lab—the Sexual Health Research Laboratory—brims with enthusiastic, collaborative, and keen students of all levels who work diligently on research projects examining various aspects of sexuality, including: vulvodynia (i.e., chronic genital pain in women), sexual difficulties (e.g., persistent genital arousal in women), male and female sexual arousal, women’s health issues (e.g., postpartum pain and sexuality), male circumcision, and various relationship constellations. She is lucky to have such a productive and lively lab, the activities of which are coordinated by her dynamic Research Associate, Shannon. Caroline is passionate about using multiple methodologies in her research and she has investigated numerous aspects of sexuality using brain imaging, psychophysics, psychophysiology, and blood flow imaging, all the while relating the findings of these methods to a variety of self-report measures. She places great importance on knowledge translation and clinically relevant research, ensuring that the results of her research have positive effects on members of the public through numerous direct and indirect channels. Caroline’s research has been funded by several organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Vulvodynia Association. Caroline is Associate Editor for Sexual Medicine Reviews and is on the editorial board of several journals, including The Archives of Sexual Behavior, The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, and The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. Recently, she was co-chair of the Women’s Sexual Pain Disorders Committee of the International Consultation of Sexual Medicine.
Stéphanie is a Research Collaborator in the Sexual Health Research Lab and a Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice) at the Queen’s University Psychology Clinic. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s University in 2014, followed by appointments at McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Belmont, MA, USA) from 2014-2018. Her clinical and research interests are broadly focused on the assessment and treatment of women’s health concerns, with particular expertise in female sexual dysfunctions, genital pain disorders, and eating disorders. Her research program focuses on (i) examining biopsychosocial factors underlying the development and maintenance of chronic genital pain in women, (ii) assessing sexual and reproductive healthcare in Canada, and (iii) evaluating and advancing laboratory sexual psychophysiology methods.
Shannon is the research associate in the Sexual Health Research Lab. She is also a professor at St. Lawrence College teaching human sexuality, psychology and sociology. She is also a Qualtrics survey system trainer and programmer at Queen's. After completing two years as a Ph.D student in Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University she decided to shift her focus and follow her passion to teach and conduct research.
Additionally, Shannon collaborates and consults with the Sexuality and Gender Lab and Queen’s Emotions and Risky Behaviours in Youth (QuERBY) Lab at Queen’s University.
Stéphanie Gauvin [CV]
Stéphanie is a third year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student. Her research focuses on how couples negotiate and navigate sexual challenges, with a particular focus on how sexual script flexibility is related to sexual well-being. Her research will take a biopsychosocial approach to understand how chemically induced menopause affects sexual and relationship functioning in women who have undergone cancer treatments for breast cancer.
Robyn Jackowich [CV]
Robyn is a fourth year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Candidate. Her Master's research investigated the symptom characteristics and psychosocial wellbeing of women with Persistent Genital Arousal disorder (PGAD). Building on this work, her Ph.D. research focuses on the biopsychosocial elements of PGAD, including sensory and vascular involvement in women, and men who experience PGAD.
Meghan is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program at Queen's University. Her Master's research focused on the experiences of individuals diagnosed with prostate cancer. As part of her PhD research, Meghan intends to study perceptions of virginity, and the characteristics and experiences of adult virgins. Meghan's clinical interests include working with children, adolescents, and young adults with a range of mental health concerns.
Maeve Mulroy [CV]
Maeve is a first-year M.Sc. student in the Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests include hypersexuality, relationship satisfaction, sexual satisfaction, and wellbeing of couples and families, as well as sexuality and social stigma.
Kayla Mooney [CV]
Kayla is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program. Her research interests include disorders of sexual arousal and desire, the sexual and relational well-being of couples suffering from such disorders, and the influence of cannabis use on sexual functioning. Her Master’s thesis focused on experiences of persistent genital arousal within romantic relationships, and whether interpersonal factors can predict symptom experiences and relationship adjustment. For her dissertation, Kayla intends to examine the relationship between cannabis use and various aspects of sexual functioning.
Lindsey Yessick [CV]
Lindsey is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Neuroscience program at Queen's University. Her research interests include pain processing and sexual pain disorders. Her Master's thesis focused on spinal cord and brain stem imaging in women with Provoked Vestibulodynia. Lindsey intends to examine perceived control as a potential predictor of post-operative pain outcomes for her dissertation.