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Queen's University


People in the Lab


2013-2014 Sagelab Members

Back row (left to right) : Lucas Hildebrand, Meghan McInnis, Samantha Dawson, Meredith Chivers, Kaylee Clark, Katherine Fretz
Front row (left to right) : Kelly Suschinsky, Deryn Duesbery, Emily McBride, Jackie Huberman
Missing : Amanda Timmers

Meredith L. Chivers, Ph.D., CPsych

Laboratory Director

Dr. Chivers is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the department of Psychology at Queen’s University.  She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, in 2003 and completed her clinical residency at theCentre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada.  Between 2003 and 2007, Dr. Chivers completed post-doctoral fellowships at CAMH, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, a Women's Health Scholar Award from the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Dr. Chivers joined the Psychology faculty at Queen’s University in the spring of 2009 as a Queen's National Scholar. She serves on the editorial boards for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, Journal of Sex Research, and the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality.  Though she doesn’t currently maintain a private practice, Dr. Chivers’ clinical work has focused on treatment of sexual functioning problems, gender and sexual identity concerns, dysregulated sexual behaviours (sexual addiction), and atypical sexual interests. Meredith's CV.



Kelly D. Suschinsky, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Suschinsky is post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University. She  completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge under the supervision of Dr. Martin Lalumière. She is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research through a post-doctoral fellowship.  Her research interests involve gender differences and similarities in sexual arousal patterns, the relationship between sexual functioning and sexual arousal patterns, and the assessment of sexual preferences and interests. Kelly's CV.


Samantha Dawson, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student (Clinical Psychology)


Sam is a third year Ph.D. student in the Clinical Psychology program. She received her undergraduate (B.A. Honours, Psychology) and graduate (M.Sc., Psychology) degrees from the University of Lethbridge, under the supervision of Dr. Martin Lalumière. Sam is currently funded by Queen’s University through an Ontario Trillium Scholarship. Her research examines gender differences and similarities in sexual response patterns using multiple sexual psychophysiological assessment techniques. Specifically, her doctoral research is focused on understanding the role of attentional mechanisms underpinning sexual arousal and responsive desire, in women with and without sexual difficulties. Sam's CV.


Amanda Timmers, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student (Clinical Psychology) 


Amanda is a second year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology. Amanda completed her honour’s thesis in the Sagelab in 2010, examining the relationship between sociosexuality and patterns of sexual response in women. Amanda's CV.


Jackie S. Huberman, M.Sc.

Ph.D. Student


Jackie is a first year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and has been a member of the SageLab for three years. She completed her Master’s degree (M.Sc., Clinical Psychology) and Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc. Honours, Psychology) at Queen’s University. For her Master’s thesis, Jackie evaluated gender-specificity of sexual arousal in women and men using thermography concurrently with plethysmography. She looks forward to pursuing her Ph.D. and continuing to explore complex patterns of sexual response in women and men. Jackie's CV.





Lucas Hildebrand, B.Sc. 

Research Coordinator


Lucas graduated with his B.Sc., Honours with Distinction in Psychology, from Queen's in 2013. He completed his undergraduate thesis in the Sagelab examining individual differences in the sexual response patterns of androphilic men. Lucas now works in the Sagelab coordinating research and administrative operations.



Emily McBride

Undergraduate Honours Thesis Student


Emily is a third year Psychology student at Queens. Currently, she is a directed lab student in the Sagelab, working as a research assistant on the thermal imaging project. Emily’s interest in sexuality was initially sparked after hearing a lecture detailing sexual disorders. Since then, Emily’s interests have expanded to encompass gender differences in arousal, the fluidity of sexuality, and the exploration of different measures of arousal, and more!




Meghan McInnis

Undergraduate Honours Thesis Student


 Meghan is a fourth year B.Sc. psychology student. She became interested in the study of sexuality and gender after taking Abnormal Psychology in second year, which led her to take Human Sexuality as part of her third year courses, where her interest continued to grow. She has spent the past two summers working as a research assistant at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) Research Institute in the Eating Disorders Program. She is looking forward to completing her honours thesis in the Sagelab and learning more about the fascinating field of human sexuality. Meghan's CV.












Kaylee Clark
Undergraduate Directed Lab Student


Kaylee a fifth year psychology student at Queen's, and is currently a volunteer in the SageLab. She supports researchers in the Sagelab on various studies, and is looking forward to beginning a directed lab course in the fall.












Deryn Duesbery

Lab Volunteer


Deryn is a third year psychology student with a minor in gender studies. She is currently in her second year as a volunteer in the Sage lab, and is also completing a directed lab with the Fab lab. Her research interests include sexual concordance, relationship context and specificity of sexual response, risk behaviours in victims of sexual trauma, and rape culture and dating violence in university populations. She recently finished an internship at a Military Sexual Trauma and Interpersonal Trauma clinic, and plans on pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. 





Katherine Fretz
Lab Volunteer

Katherine is a third year B.Sc. psychology student at Queen’s. She has always been passionate about psychology and her interest in sexuality peaked when she learned more about the new and exciting research being done in the field. Katherine is looking forward to lending a helping hand as a volunteer in the lab and to learn more about the world of sexuality research!

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