Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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Caroline Pukall

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Professor

B.A., McGill University, 1996
Ph.D., McGill University, 2003

Lab Site | Curriculum Vitae (PDF, 579 KB)

T: 613-533-3200
E: caroline.pukall@queensu.ca

Psychology Department
Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

My main focus is in the area of human sexuality, particularly sexual function, dysfunction, and sexual health. My perspective is a clinical one, and my methods of investigation range from self-report studies (face-to-face, online), observational studies, to basic science methodologies including the following: quantitative sensory testing (to assess sensitivity in various areas of the body), blood flow imaging (primarily via laser Doppler imaging), and brain imaging (using a variety of techniques).

Selected Publications

Recent publications

Bornstein J, Preti M, Simon J, As-Sanie S, Stockdale CK, Stein A, Parish SJ, Ridici G, Vieira Baptista V, Pukall CF, Moyal-Barracco M, Goldstein AT (2019). Descriptors of vulvodynia: A multi-societal consensus (International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease, International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, International Pelvic Pain Society). Journal of Lower Genital Tract Disease, 23, 161-163.

Bouchard K, Boyer SB, Stewart J, Holden RH, Pukall CF (2019). Sexuality and personality correlates of willingness to participate in sex research. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 28, 26-37.

Pukall CF, Jackowich R, Mooney K, Chamberlain SM (2019). Genital sensations in persistent genital arousal disorder: A case for an overarching nosology of genitopelvic dysesthesias? Sexual Medicine Reviews, 7, 2-12.

Stroman P, Ioachim G, Powers JM, Staud R, Pukall CF (2018). Pain processing in the human brainstem and spinal cord before, during, and after the application of noxious heat stimuli. Pain, 159, 2012-2020. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001302

Bossio JA, Singh M, Pukall CF (2018). Concurrent assessment of penile blood flow and circumference as indicators of male sexual arousal. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15, 1570-1578. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2018.08.016

Blair KL, Holmberg D, Pukall CF (2018). Support processes in same-sex and mixed-sex relationships: Type and source matters. Personal Relationships, 25, 374-393. DOI: 10.1111/pere.12249

McCallum A, Byers-Heinlein A, Byers ES, Pukall CF (2018). Are Ontario midwives prepared to respond to their clients’ sexual concerns? A survey of attitudes, perceived training, knowledge, and comfort. Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, 17, 20-33.

Blair KL, Cappell JP, Pukall CF (2018). Not all orgasms were created equal: Differences in frequency and satisfaction of orgasm experiences by sexual activity in same-sex vs. mixed-sex relationships. Journal of Sex Research, 55, 719-733. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2017.1303437

Gauvin S, Pukall CF (2018). The SexFlex Scale: A measure of sexual script flexibility when approaching sexual problems in a relationship. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 44, 382-397. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2017.1405304

Bossio JA, Pukall CF (2018). Attitude towards one’s circumcision status is more important than actual circumcision status for men’s body image and sexual functioning. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 771-781. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-017-1064-8

Jackowich R, Pink L, Gordon A, Poirier E, Pukall CF (2018). An online, cross-sectional comparison of women with symptoms of persistent genital arousal, painful persistent genital arousal, and chronic vulvar pain. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15, 558-567. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2018.02.007

Cappell J, Pukall CF (2018). Perceptions of the effects of childbirth on sexuality among nulliparous individuals. Birth, 45, 55-63. DOI: 10.1111/birt.12321

Thibault-Gagnon S, McLean L, Goldfinger C, Pukall CF, Chamberlain SM (2018). Relationship between 3D perineal ultrasound imaging and digital intra-vaginal palpation assessments of the pelvic floor muscles in women with and without provoked vestibulodynia. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15, 346-360. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.12.017

Gauvin S, Pukall CF (2018). Sexual problems and sexual scripts: Overview and future directions for bisexual-identified individuals. Journal of Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 1-2, 34-44. DOI: 10.1080/14681994.2018.1426851

Jackowich R, Pink L, Gordon A, Poirier E, Pukall CF (2018). Symptom characteristics and medical history of an online sample of women who experience symptoms of persistent genital arousal. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 44, 111-126. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2017.1321598 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0092623X.2017.1321598

Dargie EE, Gilron I, Pukall CF (2017). Provoked vestibulodynia: A comparative examination of mental health, sleep, sexual functioning, and relationship adjustment. Clinical Journal of Pain, 33, 870-876. DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000480

Boyer SC, Chamberlain SM, Pukall CF (2017). Vulvodynia attitudes in a sample of Canadian post-graduate trainees. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 26, 249-260. DOI: 10.3138/cjhs.2017-0019

Dargie EE, Holden RH, Pukall CF (2017). The Vulvar Pain Assessment Questionnaire: Factor structure, preliminary norms, internal consistency, and test-retest reliability. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, 1585-1596. DOI: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.10.072

Pukall CF, Bergeron S, Brown C, Bachmann G, Wesselmann U (2017). Recommendations for self-report outcome measures in vulvodynia clinical trials. Clinical Journal of Pain, 33, 756-765. DOI: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000453

Cappell J, Pukall CF (2017). Clinical profile of persistent genito-pelvic postpartum pain. Midwifery, 50, 125-132. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2017.04.002

Dargie EE, Gilron I, Pukall CF (2017). Self-reported neuropathic pain characteristics of women with provoked vulvar pain: A preliminary investigation. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, 577-591. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.02.008

Dargie EE, Chamberlain SM, Pukall CF (2017). Provoked vestibulodynia: Diagnosis, self-reported pain, and presentation during gynecological examinations. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Canada, 39, 145-151. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jogc.2017.01.001

Bouchard K, Chivers ML, Pukall CF (2017). Effects of genital response measurement device and stimulus characteristics on sexual concordance in women. The Journal of Sex Research, 54, 1197-1208. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2016.1265641

Recently published books and chapters

Pukall CF (ed). Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction, second edition. Oxford University Press, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada, 2017.

Pukall CF, Goldmeier D (accepted Jan 23, 2019). Persistent genital arousal disorder. In: Binik YM and Hall K (eds) Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, 6th ed. New York, Guilford Press.

Bergeron S, Rosen NO, Pukall CF, Corsini-Munt S (accepted Jan 11, 2019). Genital pain in women and men: It can hurt more than your sex life. In: Binik YM and Hall K (eds) Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, 6th ed. New York, Guilford Press.

Pukall CF, Eccles T, Gauvin S (2019). Sexual dysfunctions, gender dysphoria, and paraphilic disorders. In: Segal DL (ed) Diagnostic Interviewing, 5th ed. New York: Springer, pp. 349-373.

Pukall CF, Bergeron S (2018). Psychological management of provoked vestibulodynia. Textbook of Female Sexual Function and Dysfunction: Diagnosis and Treatment. Goldstein I, Clayton AH, Goldstein AT, Kim NN, Kingsberg SA (eds.). John Wiley and Sons, Hoboken; pp. 281-294.

Pukall CF, Sutton KS (2018). Sexual and gender identity disorders. In: Dozois DA (ed) Abnormal Psychology: Perspectives, 6th ed. Toronto, Pearson Education Canada, pp. 318-349.

Farmer MA, Pukall CF (2017). Sex research methods. Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction, 2nd ed. (Pukall CF, ed.) Don Mills, Ontario, Oxford University Press, pp. 50-77.

Pukall CF, Wassersug RJ (2017). Genital anatomy and sexual response. Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction, 2nd ed. (Pukall CF, ed.) Don Mills, Ontario, Oxford University Press, pp. 78-109.

Sutton KS, Pukall CF (2017). Variations in sexual behaviour. Human sexuality: A contemporary introduction, 2nd ed. (Pukall CF, ed.) Don Mills, Ontario, Oxford University Press, pp. 362-386.