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Queen's University


People in the Lab


2014-2015 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. Her research focuses on gendered sexuality, including sexual response, sexual attractions, and sexual health. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Northwestern University, Evanston, USA, in 2003 and completed her clinical residency and post-doctoral training at theCentre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Chivers joined the Psychology faculty at Queen’s University in the spring of 2009 as a Queen's National Scholar, establishing the Sexuality and Gender Laboratory in 2011. She is an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, and the serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Sex Research, the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and the Canadian Journal of Human SexualityMeredith'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.








Meghan McInnis, B.Sc

Research Assistant


 Meghan 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.






Katherine Fretz
NSERC research student

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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