Department of Psychology, Queen's University
62 Arch St, Kingston, Ontario, Canada  K7L 3N6
 Tel: 613.533.3276  Email:

Lab director - Dr. Caroline F. Pukall, Ph.D., C.Psych. cv

Research Interests

  • 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)

Clinical Interests

  • Sex therapy focusing on sexual dysfunction
  • Couples therapy

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. Recently, she was co-chair of the Women’s Sexual Pain Disorders Committee of the International Consultation of Sexual Medicine.