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 Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sexual Health Research Lab as well as a Consulting 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 to date has focused 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 and sociology, and a survey system trainer (Qualtrics) with the department of Institutional Research and Planning 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.
Katrina is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology and is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. For her dissertation, she is investigating sex research methodologies, including the ways in which women's sexual arousal is elicited and assessed in the laboratory. Katrina's clinical interests include working with adults who have complex mental health concerns.
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 third 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 will focus on the biopsychosocial elements of PGAD, including sensory and vascular involvement in women, and men who experience PGAD.
Meghan is a first-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.
Kayla Mooney [CV]
Kayla is a first-year M.Sc. 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 sexuality across the transition to parenthood.
Lindsey Yessick [CV]
Lindsey is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Cognitive Neuroscience program at Queen's University. Her research interests include pain processing and sexual pain disorders as well as the validation of magnetic resonance imaging methods for assessing arousal in the clitoris. Her Master's thesis focused on spinal cord and brain stem imaging in women with Provoked Vestibulodynia.