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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

Bossio, J., Spape, J., Lykins, A., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Observational stance as a predictor of subjective and genital sexual arousal in men and women. Journal of Sex Research, 53,303—315.DOI 10.1080/00224499.2012.729276.


Dawson, S., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Gender-specificity of solitary and dyadic sexual desire among gynephilic and androphilic women and men. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11,980—994. DOI 10.1111/jsm.12430.


Suschinsky, K. D., Bossio, J. A., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Women’s genital sexual arousal to oral versus penetrative heterosexual sex varies with menstrual cycle phase at first exposure. Hormones and Behavior, 65, 319—327. DOI 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.01.006.


Bossio, J. A., Suschinsky, K. D., Puts, D., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Does menstrual cycle phase influence the gender specificity of heterosexual women’s genital and subjective sexual arousal? Archives of Sexual Behavior.DOI 10.1007/s10508-013-0233-7.


Chivers, M. L., Roy, C., & Grimbos, T., Cantor, J. M., Seto, M. C. (2014). Specificity of sexual arousal for preferred sexual activities in men and women with conventional and masochistic sexual interests. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI 10.1007/s10508-013-0174-1.


Huberman, J. S., Suschinsky, K. D., Lalumière, M. L., & Chivers, M. L. (2013). Relationship between impression management and three measures of women’s self-reported sexual arousal. [Special Issue: Sexuality research in Canada: Diversity in action]. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 45, 259—273. DOI 10.1037/a0033397.


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

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. 10.1007/s10508-009-9556-9

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. 10.1037/0022-3514.93.6.1108

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. 10.1111/j.0956-7976.2004.00750.x

 Area of Specialty


Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000