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Sexual Health Research Laboratory
People in the Lab


Sexual Health Research Lab 2013-2014

Back from L to R: Mateya Dimnik, Nadine Jeske, Erin Zadorozny, Christine Tong, Emma Dargie, Jennifer Bossio
Front from L to R: Caroline Pukall, Katrina Bouchard, Cara Chen, Jaclyn Cappell, Shannon Coyle
Missing: Katie Bartley, Stephanie Boyer, Jennifer Brunet, Roya DelSol, Corrie Goldfinger, Amanda Shelley, Stephanie Thibault-Gagnon

Lab Director

Caroline Pukall

T: (613) 533-3200
F: (613) 533-2499

Caroline Pukall

Associate Professor

B.A. (Psychology), McGill University, 1996
PhD. (Clinical Psychology), McGill University, 2003
Dr. Caroline Pukall received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University. She is currently Full Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Sex Therapy Service at the Psychology Clinic at Queen’s University. Caroline’s research lab—the Sexual Health Research Laboratory—brims with enthusiastic, collaborative, and keen students of all levels who work diligently on research projects examining various aspects of sexuality, including: vulvodynia (i.e., chronic genital pain in women), sexual difficulties (e.g., persistent genital arousal in women), male and female sexual arousal, women’s health issues (e.g., postpartum pain and sexuality), male circumcision, and various relationship constellations. She is lucky to have such a productive and lively lab, the activities of which are coordinated by her dynamic Research Associate, Shannon. Caroline is passionate about using multiple methodologies in her research and she has investigated numerous aspects of sexuality using brain imaging, psychophysics, psychophysiology, and blood flow imaging, all the while relating the findings of these methods to a variety of self-report measures. She places great importance on knowledge translation and clinically relevant research, ensuring that the results of her research have positive effects on members of the public through numerous direct and indirect channels. Caroline’s research has been funded by several organizations including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the National Vulvodynia Association. Caroline is Associate Editor for Sexual Medicine Reviews and is on the editorial board of several journals, including The Archives of Sexual Behavior, The Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, and The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. She is also currently co-chair of the Women’s Sexual Pain Disorders Committee of the International Consultation of Sexual Medicine.


Curriculum Vitae         Teaching

Research Associate

Shannon Coyle

T: (613) 533-3276
F: (613) 533-2499

Shannon Coyle

B.Sc. (Life Science), Queen’s University, 2001
B.A.H (Psychology/Women’s Studies medial), Queen’s University, 2009
M.A. (Gender Studies), Queen’s University, 2011
Shannon is the research associate in the Sexual Health Research Lab in the Department of Psychology at Queen’s University, instructor of the online fall 2014 Human Sexuality course at Queen’s  University, and an adjunct professor at St. Lawrence College. Her research and teaching interests include gender and human sexuality, sex education in Canada, and health promotion and fitness.  After completing two years as a PhD student in Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University she decided to shift her focus and follow her passion to teach and conduct full-time research.  Prior to her graduate work, she gained 7 years of professional experience in the field of information technology; as the Chief Operating Officer of a coaching company for chiropractors; and as a marketing consultant and office administrator for a publishing company.

Curriculum Vitae         Teaching

Current Graduate Students

Emma Dargie (PhD in progress, Department of Psychology)
Constructing and validating the Vulvar Pain Assessment Questionnaire (VPAQ)

Curriculum Vitae

Stéphanie Thibault-Gagnon (BScPT, PhD in progress, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, co-supervised with Dr. Linda McLean)
Ultrasound imaging of the pelvic floor in women with and without vulvodynia

Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Bossio (MSc, PhD in progress, Department of Psychology)
The effects of circumcision on sexual functioning and sensitivity in men.

Curriculum Vitae

Jaclyn Cappell (MSc in progress, Department of Psychology)
Post-partum pelvic and vulvar pain

Curriculum Vitae

Katrina Bouchard (BScH, MSc in progress, Department of Psychology)
Measuring women’s genital responses using Laser Doppler Imaging and Vaginal Photoplethysmography

Curriculum Vitae

Christine Tong (PhD in progress, Department of Psychology) 

The effects of patient narratives on medical decision making

Curriculum Vitae

Past Graduate Students

Stéphanie Boyer (MSc, PhD in progress, Department of Psychology)
Reproductive health care experiences in women with chronic vulvar pain: Patient and physician perspectives 

Curriculum Vitae

Corrie Goldfinger (MSc, PhD in progress, Department of Psychology)
A randomized comparison of individual cognitive-behavioural therapy and pelvic floor physiotherapy in the treatment of provoked vestibulodynia

Curriculum Vitae

Katherine Sutton (Department of Psychology)
Assessing sensory functioning, psychosocial correlates, and brain activity in women with vulvodynia subtypes

Karen Blair,
PhD (Department of Psychology)
Perceived social support for relationships as a predictor of relationship well-being and mental and physical health in same-sex and mixed-sex relationships: A longitudinal investigation.

Evelyne Gentilcore-Saulnier (MSc, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, co-supervised with Dr. Linda McLean)
Investigating contractile behavior of the painful pelvic floor and effects of pelvic floor physiotherapy on pelvic floor muscle function in women with provoked vestibulodynia

Samantha Waxman PhD (Department of Psychology)
Examining female sexual arousal and female sexual arousal disorder from a multidimensional perspective

Kelly Smith PhD (Department of Psychology)
Investigating sensory and relationship functioning in women with vulvodynia

Current Research Assistants and Volunteers/Directed Lab Students

Shannon Coyle (Research Associate)

Amanda Shelley
Cara Chen

Current Undergraduate Honours Thesis Students

Past Undergraduate Honours Thesis Students

Katie Bartley:Male circumcision status: Effects on partners. (2013-4)

Erin Zadorozny: Sexual arousal in women with sexual arousal and desire difficulties (2013-4)
Marissa Walter: Effect of personality, experimental invasiveness, and compensation on willingness to participate in sexuality studies. (2012-3)

Lynita White: A model of sexual satisfaction and relationship satisfaction within attachment theory. (2012-3)
Jennifer Eshleman: The role and treatment of cognitive factors in provoked vestibulodynia (2011-2)

Maeve Wickham: The role of pain catastrophizing and pain anxiety on pelvic floor physiotherapy treatment outcomes in women with provoked vestibulodynia (2009-10)

Jennifer Brunet: The relationship between anxiety and sexual arousal in women with and without provoked vestibulodynia (2009-10)

Emma Dargie:
Sexual and relationship satisfaction, intimacy, love, and communication in long distance dating relationships. (2008-9)

Stephanie Taillefer: The relationship between partner-response style, general and pain-specific anxiety, and avoidance behaviour in women with provoked vestibulodynia (2008-9)

Chris Upton: Examination of female sexual arousal to specific erotic stimuli (2008-9)

Clare Devlin: The roles of body image, pain catastrophizing, pain severity, and coping in women with vulvar pain (2007-8)

Shaina Rosenrot: Pain anxiety, and sexual communication, satisfaction and esteem among women with provoked vestibulodynia (2007-8)

Kelsey Smart: The impact of dyadic ajustment on body image, body exposure, and sexual esteem in same- and other-sex partnered individuals (2007-8)

Katherine Alexander: The impact of outness on health, relationship satisfaction, and sexual satisfaction among LGB men and women (2006-7)

Laura Leong: General health status and sexual and relationship satisfaction among women with vulvar vestibultitis syndrome (2006-7)

Christina Yager: Relationship and sexual satisfaction among married and cohabiting heterosexual and same-sex couples (2005-6)

Nina Mafrici: The influence of sexual orientation on the relationship between body image and sexual satisfaction (2005-6)

Deanne Simms: Spouse solicitousness and couple functioning in chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (2004-5)


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