Queen's University

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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Caroline Pukall, PhD, CPsych, Professor
Department of Psychology, Queen's University
SHRL: Humphrey 236, 237, Craine 121, 122, 126
T: 613-533-3276  E: shrl@queensu.ca

Welcome to the Sexual Health Research Lab

Research interests include the following:

  • Human sexuality
  • Vulvodynia/genital pain
  • post-partum pain
  • Sexual arousal in females and males
  • Male circumcision
  • Sexual health issues in females and males
  • Relationship and sexual functioning in same- and mixed-sex couples
  • Challenges and joys of parents of multiples (e.g., twins, triplets)

Ongoing projects include the following:

  • Pain characteristics and psychosocial, psychophysical, and neural function in women with vulvodynia
  • Efficacy of non-medical treatments for vulvodynia
  • Development of a standardized assessment measure for vulvar pain diagnosis and treatment avenue
  • Neuropathic pain elements in vulvodynia
  • Post-partum pain characteristics, and risk factors
  • Genital sensitivity and blood flow from pre- to post-partum
  • Non-invasive methods of sexual arousal measurement in females and males
  • Comparison of methods of sexual arousal measurement devices in females
  • Pelvic floor muscle function in women with vulvodynia
  • Correlates of male circumcision in same- and other-sex attracted men and their partners
  • Penile sensitivity and sexual arousal in men who are versus are not circumcised

Clinical Interests

Sex therapy focusing on sexual dysfunction in females and males, and couples therapy.