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Meredith Chivers

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Associate Professor

B.Sc., University of Guelph, 1995
M.A., Northwestern University, 2000
Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2003

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

Research Interests

Female sexuality; sexual psychophysiology; gender differences; sexual orientation; sexual functioning; paraphilias; gender identity.

Selected Publications

Chivers, M.L. (2017). The specificity of women’s sexual response and its relationship with sexual orientations: A review and ten hypotheses. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Chivers, M.L., & Brotto, L. B. (2017). Controversies in women’s sexual arousal and desire. European Psychologist.

Suschinsky, K. D., Dawson, S., & Chivers, M. L. (2016). Assessing the Relationship Between Sexual Concordance, Sexual Attractions, and Sexual Identity in Women. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI 10.1007/s10508-016-0874-4

Dawson, S., Fretz, K. M., & Chivers, M. L. (2016). Visual attention patterns of women with androphilic and gynephilic sexual attractions: An initial study. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0825-0

Dawson, S., & Chivers, M. L. (2016). Gender-Specificity of initial and controlled visual attention to sexual stimuli in androphilic women and gynephilic men. PLOS One. 11(4): e0152785. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0152785.

Brotto L. A., Chivers, M. L., & Millman, R. (2016). Mindfulness improves genital-subjective arousal concordance in women with sexual difficulties. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0689-8

Suschinsky, K. D., Shelley, A. D., Gerritsen, J., Tuiten, A., & Chivers, M. L. (2016). The clitoral photoplethysmograph; response specificity and construct validity. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 2324 – 2338.

Chivers, M. L., Bouchard, K., & Timmers, A. D. (2015). Straight but not narrow; Within-gender variation in the gender-specificity of women’s sexual response. PLOS One. 0(12): e0142575. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142575

Timmers, A. D., Bouchard, K., & Chivers, M. L. (2015). Effects of gender and sexual activity cues on the sexual responses of women with multidimensionally defined bisexuality. Journal of Bisexuality, 15, 154—179. doi: 10.1080/15299716.2015.1023389

Huberman, J. S., & Chivers, M. L. (2015). Evaluating gender-specificity of sexual arousal in women and men using thermography. Psychophysiology, doi: 10.1111/psyp.12466

Spape, J., Timmers, A., Yoon, S., Ponseti, J., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Gender-specific genital and subjective sexual arousal to prepotent sexual features in heterosexual women and men. Biological Psychology, 102, 1—9. DOI 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.07.008

Dawson, S., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Gender differences and similarities in sexual desire. Current Sexual Health Reports. DOI 10.1007/s11930-014-0027-5.

Suschinsky, K. D., Bossio, J. A., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Women’s genital sexual arousal to oral versus penetrative heterosexual sex varies with menstrual cycle phase at first exposure. Hormones and Behavior, 65, 319—327. DOI 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.01.006.

Bossio, J. A., Suschinsky, K. D., Puts, D., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Does menstrual cycle phase influence the gender specificity of heterosexual women’s genital and subjective sexual arousal? Archives of Sexual Behavior, 43, 941—952. DOI 10.1007/s10508-013-0233-7.

Chivers, M. L., Roy, C., & Grimbos, T., Cantor, J. M., Seto, M. C. (2014). Specificity of sexual arousal for preferred sexual activities in men and women with conventional and masochistic sexual interests.

Seto, M. C., Lalumière, M. L., Harris, G. T., & Chivers, M. L. (2012). The sexual responses of sexual sadists. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 121, 739–753. DOI 10.1037/a0028714

Chivers, M. L., & Timmers, A. D. (2012). The effects of gender and relationship context cues in audio narratives on heterosexual women’s and men’s genital and subjective sexual response. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 185–197.

Chivers, M. L., & Rosen. R. (2010). PDE-5 Inhibitors and female sexual response: Faulty protocols or paradigms? Journal of Sexual Medicine, 7, 858–872.

Chivers, M. L., Seto, M. C., Lalumière, M. L, Laan, E., & Grimbos, T.  (2010). Agreement of genital and subjective measures of sexual arousal in men and women: A meta-analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 5–56.

Chivers, M. L., Seto, M. C., & Blanchard, R. (2007). Gender and sexual orientation differences in sexual response to the sexual activities versus the gender of actors in sexual films. Journal of Personality and

Chivers, M. L., Rieger, G., Latty, E., & Bailey, J. M. (2004). A sex difference in the specificity of sexual arousal. Psychological Science, 15, 736–744.