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Caroline Pukall

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B.A., McGill University, 1996
Ph.D., McGill University, 2003

T: 613.533.3200

Psychology Department
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

My main focus is in the area of human sexuality, particularly sexual function, dysfunction, and sexual health. My perspective is a clinical one, and my methods of investigation range from self-report studies (face-to-face, online), observational studies, to basic science methodologies including the following: quantitative sensory testing (to assess sensitivity in various areas of the body), blood flow imaging (primarily via laser Doppler imaging), and brain imaging (using a variety of techniques).

Selected Publications

Recent Publications

Dargie EE, Blair KL,Pukall CF, Coyle S (in press). Somewhere under the rainbow: Exploring the identities and experiences of trans persons. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. DOI: 10.3138/cjhs.2378

Dargie EE, Blair KL, Goldfinger C, Pukall CF (in press). Go long! Predictors of positive relationship outcomes for those in long distance dating relationships. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2013.864367

Smith KB & Pukall CF (2014). Sexual and relationship functioning and the relational impact of vulvar pain in male partners of women with provoked vulvar pain. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11, 1283-1293. DOI: 1111/jsm.12484

Pukall CF, Cahill CM (2014). New developments in the pathophysiology of genital pain: The role of central sensitization. Current Sexual Health Reports, 6(1), 11-19. DOI 10.1007/s11930-013-0007-1

Smith KB, Pukall CF, Chamberlain SM (2013). Sexual and relationship satisfaction and vestibular pain sensitivity among women with provoked vestibulodynia. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10, 2009-2023. DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12213

Coriolano K, Aiken AB, Harrison M, Brouwer B, Pukall CF, Groll D (2013). Changes in knee pain, perceived need for surgery, physical function and quality of life after dietary weight loss in obese women diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Obesity and Weight Loss Therapy, 3(3), 174-179. DOI: 10.4172/2165-7904.1000174

Boyer SC,Pukall CF, Chamberlain SM (2013). Sexual arousal in women with provoked vestibulodynia: The application of laser Doppler imaging to sexual pain. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10(4), 1052-1064. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02855.x

Boyer SC, Pukall CF, Holden RR (2012). The relationship between female sexual arousal and response bias in women with and without provoked vestibulodynia. Journal of Sex Research, 49, 519-532. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2011.604747

Sutton KS, Pukall CF, Chamberlain SM (2012). Diffuse noxious inhibitory control function in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Clinical Journal of Pain, 28, 667-674. DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0b013e318243ede4

Sutton KS, Boyer SB, Goldfinger C, Ezer P, Pukall CF (2012). To lube or not to lube: Experiences and perceptions of lubricant use in women with and without dyspareunia. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9, 240-250. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02543.x

Recently Published Books and Book Chapters

Pukall CF (ed). Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction. Oxford University Press, Toronto, Canada, 2014.

Bergeron S, Rosen NO, Pukall CF (2014). Genital pain in women and men: It can hurt more than your sex life. In: Binik YM and Hall K (eds) Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, 5th ed. New York, Guilford Press, pp. 159-176.

Pukall CF, Wassersug R (2014). Sexual anatomy: The parts, the pieces, and how they respond. In: Pukall CF (ed) Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction. Toronto, Oxford University Press, pp. 77-106.

Sutton KS, Blair KL, Pukall CF (2014). Perspectives on sexuality. In: Pukall CF (ed) Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction. Toronto, Oxford University Press, pp. 1-29.

Sutton KS, Pukall CF (2014). Variations in sexual behaviour. In: Pukall CF (ed) Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction. Toronto, Oxford University Press, pp. 365-390.

Pukall CF, Firestone P (2013). Sexual and gender identity disorders. In: Dozois DA (ed) Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives, 5th ed. Toronto, Pearson Education Canada, pp. 324-357.

Goldstein AT, Pukall CF, Goldstein I (2011). When Sex Hurts: A Woman’s Guide to Banishing Sexual Pain. Da Capo Press, Cambridge, MA.