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Caroline Pukall

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

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T: 613.533.3200
E: caroline.pukall@queensu.ca

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

  1. Jackowich R, Pink L, Gordon A, Poirier E, Pukall CF (accepted Apr 11, 2017). Symptom characteristics and medical history of an online sample of women who experience symptoms of persistent genital arousal. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy.
  2. Blair KL, Cappell JP, Pukall CF (epub 31 March 2017). Not all orgasms were created equal: Differences in frequency and satisfaction of orgasm experiences by sexual activity in same-sex vs. mixed-sex relationships. Journal of Sex Research. [epub 31 Mar 2017] http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2017.1303437
  3. Dargie EE, Gilron I, Pukall CF (in press). Provoked vestibulodynia: An examination of mental health, sleep, sexual functioning, and relationship adjustment. Clinical Journal of Pain. [Accepted Jan 15 2017]
  4. Pukall CF, Bergeron S, Brown C, Bachmann G, Wesselmann U (in press). Recommendations for self-report outcome measures in vulvodynia clinical trials. Clinical Journal of Pain. [accepted October 10, 2016]
  5. Cappell J, Pukall CF (2017). Clinical profile of persistent genito-pelvic postpartum pain. Midwifery, 50, 125-132. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2017.04.002 (Epub 15 Apr 2017)
  6. Dargie EE, Gilron I, Pukall CF (2017). Self-reported neuropathic pain characteristics of women with provoked vulvar pain: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, 577-591. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.02.008
  7. Dargie EE, Chamberlain SM, Pukall CF (2017). Provoked vestibulodynia: Diagnosis, self-reported pain, and presentation during gynecological examinations. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, 39, 145-151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jogc.2017.01.001
  8. Bouchard K, Chivers ML, Pukall CF (2017). Effects of genital response measurement device and stimulus characteristics on sexual concordance in women. The Journal of Sex Research. Published online January 6, 2017. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2016.1265641
  9. Stroman PW, Bosma RL, Cotoi AI, Leung R, Kornelsen J, Lawrence-Dewar J, Pukall CF, Staud R. (2016). Continuous descending modulation of the spinal cord revealed by functional MRI. PLoS One, 11(12): e0167317. doi:10.137/journal.pone.0167317
  10. Pukall CF, Mitchell L, Goldstein AT (2016). Non-medical, medical, and surgical approaches for the treatment of provoked vestibulodynia: A review. Current Sexual Health Reports, 8, 240-258.
  11. Dargie EE, Holden R, Pukall CF (2016). The Vulvar Pain Assessment Questionnaire inventory. Pain, 157, 2672-2686. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/j.pain.0000000000000682 (Epub 2016 Aug 1)
  12. Jackowich R, Pink LR, Gordon AS, Pukall CF (2016). Persistent genital arousal disorder: A review of its origins, impact, and treatment. Sexual Medicine Reviews, 4, 329-342. Doi: 10.1016/j.sxmr.2016.06.003. (Epub 2016 July 25)
  13. Cappell J, MacDonald T, Pukall CF (2016). For new mothers, the relationship matters: Relationship characteristics and postpartum sexuality. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 25, 126-137. doi: 10.3138/cjhs.252-A5
  14. Aerts L, Bergeron S, Pukall CF, Khalifé S (2016). Provoked vestibulodynia: Does pain intensity correlate with sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction? Journal of Sexual Medicine 13, 955-962. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.03.368. (Epub 2016 Apr 12)
  15. McLean L, Thibault-Gagnon S, Brooks K, Goldfinger C, Pukall CF, Chamberlain SM (2016). Differences in pelvic morphometry between women with and without provoked vestibulodynia: A case-control study. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 963-971. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.04.066. (Epub 2016 Jan 21)
  16. Bornstein J, Goldstein AT, Stockdale CT, Bergeron S, Pukall C, Zolnoun D, Coady D (2016). 2015 ISSVD, ISSWSH and IPPS Consensus terminology and classification of persistent vulvar pain and vulvodynia. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 607-612. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.02.167. (Epub 2016 Mar 25)
  17. Bosma RL, Mojarad EA, Leung L, Pukall C, Staud R, Stroman P (2016). fMRI of spinal and supra-spinal correlates of temporal pain summation in fibromyalgia patients. Human Brain Mapping, 37, 1349-1360. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23106. (Epub 2016 Jan 9)
  18. Bossio JA, Pukall CF, Steele S (2016). Examining penile sensitivity in neonatally circumcised and intact men using quantitative sensory testing. Journal of Urology, 195, 1848-1853. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.juro.2015.12.080 (Epub 2015 Dec 24) (see Bossio J, Pukall CF, Steele S (2015). Reply by authors regarding letters re: Examining penile sensitivity in neonatally circumcised and intact men using quantitative sensory testing. Journal of Urology, 2016, 196, 1825-1826. doi: 10.1016/j.juro.2015.12.080.)
  19. Dargie E, Pukall CF (2016). Women in “sexual” pain: Exploring the manifestations of vulvodynia. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 42, 309-323. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2015.1033577. (Epub 2015 May 15)
  20. Pukall CF, Goldstein AT, Bergeron S, Foster D, Stein A, Kellogg-Spadt S, Brown C, Bachmann G, Cahill C, Damsted Petersen C (2016). Women’s sexual pain disorders. International Consultation on Sexual Medicine (ICSM) online publication.
  21. Goldstein AT, Pukall CF, Brown C, Bergeron S, Stein A, Kellogg-Spadt S (2016). Vulvodynia: Assessment and treatment. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 572-590. doi:10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.01.020 (Epub 2016 Mar 25)
  22. Rosen NO, Pukall CF (2016). Comparing the prevalence, risk factors, and repercussions of postpartum genito-pelvic pain and dyspareunia. Sexual Medicine Reviews, 4, 126-135. doi:10.1016/j.sxmr.2015.12.003
  23. Bornstein J, Goldstein AT, Stockdale CT, Bergeron S, Pukall C, Zolnoun D, Coady D (2016). 2015 ISSVD, ISSWSH and IPPS Consensus terminology and classification of persistent vulvar pain and vulvodynia. Journal of Lower Genital Tract Diseases, 20, 126-130. doi: 10.1097/LGT.0000000000000190.
  24. Bornstein J, Goldstein AT, Stockdale CT, Bergeron S, Pukall C, Zolnoun D, Coady D (2016). 2015 ISSVD, ISSWSH and IPPS Consensus terminology and classification of persistent vulvar pain and vulvodynia. Obstetrics and Gynecology, 127, 745-751. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001359
  25. Pukall CF, Goldstein AT, Bergeron S, Foster D, Stein A, Kellogg-Spadt S, Bachmann G (2016). Vulvodynia: Definition, prevalence, impact, and pathophysiological factors. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 291-304. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2015.12.021
  26. Thibault-Gagnon S, McLean L, Goldfinger C, Pukall CF, Chamberlain SM (2016). Differences in the biometry of the levator hiatus at rest, during contraction, and during Valsalva maneuver between women with and without provoked vestibulodynia assessed by transperineal ultrasound imaging. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 243-252. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2015.12.009
  27. Goldfinger C, Pukall CF, Thibault-Gagnon S, McLean L, Chamberlain SM (2016). The effects of cognitive-behavioral therapy and physical therapy for provoked vestibulodynia: A randomized pilot study. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 88-94. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2015.12.003
  28. Pukall CF (2016). Primary and secondary provoked vestibulodynia: A review of overlapping and distinct factors. Sexual Medicine Reviews, 4, 36-44. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.sxmr.2015.10.012
  29. Bosma RL, Mojarad EA, Leung L, Pukall C, Staud R, Stroman P (2015). Neural correlates of temporal summation of second pain in the human brainstem and spinal cord. Human Brain Mapping, 36, 5038-5050. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22993.
  30. Blair KL, Pukall CF (2015). Family matters, but sometimes chosen family matters more: Perceived social network influence in the dating decisions of same- and mixed-sex couples. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 24(3), 257-270. DOI: 10.3138/cjhs.243-A3
  31. Coriolano K, Aiken A, Pukall C, Harrison M (2015). Assessment of knee pain in obese and non-obese individuals diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee before and after performance-based tests: A pilot study. Obesity, 1(3): doi http://dx.doi.org/10.16966/2380-5528.111
  32. Sutton KS, Pukall CF, Wild C, Johnsrude I, Chamberlain SM (2015). Cognitive, psychophysical, and neural correlates of vulvar pain in primary and secondary provoked vestibulodynia: A pilot study. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 1283-97. DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12863
  33. Bossio J, Pukall CF, Bartley K (2015). You either have it or you don’t: The impact of male circumcision status on sexual partners. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 24(2), 104-119. DOI: 10.3138/cjhs.242-A2
  34. Blair KL, Pukall CF, Smith KB, Cappell J (2015). The differential associations of communication and love in heterosexual, lesbian, and bisexual women’s perceptions and experiences of chronic vulvar and pelvic pain. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41(5), 498-524. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2014.931315
  35. Dargie EE, Blair KL, Goldfinger C, Pukall CF (2015). Go long! Predictors of positive relationship outcomes for those in long distance dating relationships. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41(2), 181-202. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2013.864367
  36. Coriolano K, Aiken A, Pukall CF, Harrison MM (2015). Changes in self-reported disability after performance-based tests in obese and non-obese individuals diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee. Disability and Rehabilitation, 37(13), 1152-1161. DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2014.956813

 

Recently Published Books and Book Chapters

  1. Pukall CF (ed). Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction, second edition. Oxford University Press, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, 2017.
  2. Farmer MA, Pukall CF (2017). Sex research methods. Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction, 2nd ed. (Pukall CF, ed.) Don Mills, Ontario, Oxford University Press, pp. 50-77.
  3. Pukall CF, Wassersug RJ (2017). Genital anatomy and sexual response. Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction, 2nd ed. (Pukall CF, ed.) Don Mills, Ontario, Oxford University Press, pp. 78-109.
  4. Sutton KS, Pukall CF (2017). Variations in sexual behaviour. Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction, 2nd ed. (Pukall CF, ed.) Don Mills, Ontario, Oxford University Press, pp. 362-386.
  5. Pukall CF, Dargie EE (2016). Commentary: Diagnosis and management of sexual pain disorder--Dyspareunia. Management of sexual dysfunction in men and women: An interdisciplinary approach, edited by L. Lipshultz, A. Pastuszak, M. Perelman, A. Giraldi, J. Buster. Springer, New York, pp. 299-305.