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Queen's University

Meredith Chivers

 Meredith Chivers

Associate Professor


B.Sc., University of Guelph, 1995
M.A., Northwestern University, 2000
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2003



» Curriculum Vitae

T: 613.533.2889


354 Humphrey Hall

Psychology Department

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6


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Research Interests

Female sexuality; sexual psychophysiology; gender differences; sexual orientation; sexual functioning; paraphilias; gender identity.

Selected Publications

Chivers, M. L., & Timmers, A. D. (2012). The effects of gender and relationship context cues in audio narratives on heterosexual women’s and men’s genital and subjective sexual response. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Online first. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-012-9937-3.

Seto, M. C., Lalumière, M. L., Harris, G. T., & Chivers, M. L. (2012). The sexual responses of sexual sadists. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 739–753. DOI: 10.1037/a0028714

Classen, C. C., Chivers, M. L., Urowitz, S., Barbera, L., Wiljer, D., O’Runn, S., & Ferguson, S. E. (2012). Psychosexual distress in women with gynecologic cancer: A pilot test of an online support group. Psycho-Oncology, Online first. DOI: 10.1002/pon.3058.

Chivers, M. L., Pittini, R., Villegas, L., Grigoriadis, S., Ross, L. E. (2011). The relationship between sexual function and depressive symptomatology in postpartum women: A pilot study. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 8, 792–799.

Chivers, M. L. (2010). A brief update on the specificity of sexual arousal. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 25, 407–414.

Chivers, M. L., & Rosen. R. (2010). PDE-5 Inhibitors and female sexual response: Faulty protocols or paradigms? Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7, 858–872.

Chivers, M. L., Seto, M. C., Lalumière, M. L, Laan, E., & Grimbos, T.  (2010). Agreement of genital and subjective measures of sexual arousal in men and women: A meta-analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 5–56.

Chivers, M. L., Seto, M. C., & Blanchard, R. (2007). Gender and sexual orientation differences in sexual response to the sexual activities versus the gender of actors in sexual films. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 93, 1108–1121.

Chivers, M. L., & Bailey, J. M. (2005).  A sex difference in features that elicit genital response. Biological Psychology, 70, 115–120.

Chivers, M. L., Rieger, G., Latty, E., & Bailey, J. M. (2004). A sex difference in the specificity of sexual arousal.  Psychological Science, 15, 736–744.

 Area of Specialty


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000