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Queen's University

Caroline Pukall

 Caroline Pukall

Associate Professor

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




» Curriculum Vitae

T: 613.533.3200


Humphrey Hall

Psychology Department

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6


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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

Smith KB, Pukall CF, Chamberlain SM (in press). Sexual and relationship satisfaction and vestibular pain sensitivity among women with provoked vestibulodynia. The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Smith KB, Pukall CF (2011). A systematic review of relationship adjustment and sexual satisfaction among women with provoked vestibulodynia. Journal of Sex Research (Annual Review of Sex Research Special Issue), 48, 166-191.

Boyer SC, Dargie E, Pukall CF (2010). Vaginismus: A true disorder? Female Patient, 35, 36-41. (Patient handout: What you should know about pain during intercourse, p. 49)

Gentilcore-Saulnier E, McLean L, Goldfinger C, Pukall CF, Chamberlain S (2010). Pelvic floor muscle assessment outcomes in women with and without vestibulodynia and the impact of a physical therapy program. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7, 1003-1022.

van Lankveld JJDM, Granot M, Weijmar Schultz WCM, Binik YM, Wesselmann U, Pukall CF, Bohm-Starke N, Achtrari C (2010). Women’s sexual pain disorders. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7, 615-631.

     Area of Specialty


    Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000