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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 received her undergraduate degree (BA Honous, Psychology) from the University of Saskatchewan and recently completed her PhD in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge under the supervision of Dr. Martin Lalumière. Her graduate research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and she is currently funded by Queen’s University as a Senate Advisory Research Council postdoctoral fellow. Her research interests involve gender differences 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 second 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 interested in exploring gender differences and similarities in sexual response patterns using sexual psychophysiological assessment techniques. Specifically, her research is focused on understanding the role of visual attention in the production of genital and subjective sexual arousal and subsequent sexual desire. Sam's CV.


Amanda Timmers, M.Sc., B.A.H.

PhD Student (Clinical Psychology) 

Research Coordinator


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.




Graham Hutchings

Honours Thesis Student


Graham is a fourth-year undergraduate honors thesis student in Psychology. Graham is particularly interested in psycophysiology and has aspirations of pursuing forensic psychology. His thesis is examining the possible relationship between erotica consumption, masturbation frequency, and sexual concordance in men and women. When not in the lab, Graham enjoys sailing and playing guitar.




Michelle McCowan

BSc. Honours Thesis Student


Michelle is a fourth year Psychology student completing an honours thesis in the Sagelab under the supervision of Dr. Meredith Chivers and Dr. Kelly Suschinsky. Michelle will graduate in the spring of 2014 with a BSc.H in Psychology and Biology, and will pursue studies at the graduate level. Her research experience at Queen’s has consisted of RA work in Dr. Jill Jacobson’s laboratory, as well as a Special Directed Laboratory position in the Cognitive and Psychotic Disorders Lab investigating the measurement of social cognition deficits in schizophrenia.




Nicole Persall


BSc. Honours Thesis Student


Nicole is a fourth year B.Sc. Honours student with a major in Psychology and a minor in Health Studies. She is currently completing her Honours thesis in the Sexuality and Gender Lab under the supervision of Dr. Meredith Chivers and PhD candidate Samantha Dawson. Her research is focused on using eye-tracking methodologies to better understand sexual interest. Nicole's CV.


















Emily McBride

Undergraduate Directed Lab 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!








Shawna Girard

Undergraduate Directed Lab Student












Anna Chouchoukova



Anna is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies. She is also in the process of completing a certificate program in Sexual and Gender Diversity and volunteers at the Sexual Health Resource Center.











Kaylee Clark










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