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Queen's University


People in the Lab

2013-2014 Sagelab Members

Back row (left to right) : Michelle McCowan, Shawna Girard, Kelly Suschinsky, Meredith Chivers, Amanda Timmers, Kaylee Clark, Graham Hutchings
Front row (left to right) : Nicole Persall, Jackie Huberman, Anna Chouchkova, Samantha Dawson
Missing : Emily McBride

Meredith L. Chivers, PhD, 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, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow


Dr. Suschinsky is post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University. She  completed her PhD 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.

PhD Candidate


Sam is a third year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. She received her undergraduate (BA Honours, Psychology) and graduate (MSc, 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., B.A.H.

PhD Student (Clinical Psychology) 


Amanda is a second year MSc student in Clinical Psychology and research coordinator in the Sagelab since 2010. 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. Candidate (Clinical Psychology)


Jackie is a Clinical Psychology Master’s student and intends to pursue a PhD. She became fascinated by the study of human sexuality toward the end of her undergraduate degree (B.Sc. Honours, Psychology), which she completed at Queen’s University (2011). Jackie has worked as a research coordinator in Dr. Binik’s Lab for the Biopsychosocial Study of Sexuality (McGill University)as a research assistant in the SageLab, and as a volunteer at the Queen’s Sexual Health Resource Center. For her Master’s thesis, Jackie is using thermal imaging to evaluate gender differences in sexual response patterns. Jackie's CV.





Lucas Hildebrand

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 BSc 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.







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