Meredith Chivers

Meredith Chivers

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

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

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Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

Research Interests

My primary research focuses on sexual attractions, sexual response, and sexual functioning, and the influence of gender and sex on these aspects of our sexualities. My current work focuses on the neurocognitive factors associated with sexual response in women with and without sexual difficulties.

Selected Publications

Suschinsky, K. D., Huberman, J. S., Maunder, L., Brotto, L. A., Hollenstein, T., & Chivers, M. L. (2019). The relationship between sexual concordance and sexual functioning in women with and without sexual difficulties. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy.

Shirazi, T. N., Bossio, J. A., Puts, D., & Chivers, M. L. (2018). Menstrual cycle phase predicts women’s hormonal responses to sexual stimuli. Hormones and Behavior, 103, 45–53. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.05.023

Dawson, S. J., & Chivers, M. L. (2018). Sexual stimulus modality moderates gaze patterns in women and men. Royal Society Open.

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, 46(5), 1161–1179 doi:10.1007/s10508-016-0897-x

Chivers, M.L., & Brotto, L. B. (2017). Controversies in women’s sexual arousal and desire. European Psychologist, 22(1), 5–26. doi: 10.1027/1016-9040/a000274

Velten, J., Margraf, J., Chivers, M. L., & Brotto, L. A. (2017). Effects of a mindfulness task on women’s sexual response. Journal of Sex Research, 55(6), 747-757. doi:10.1080/00224499.2017.1408768

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(12), 2324–2338. doi: 10.1111/jsm.13047

Huberman, J. S., & Chivers, M. L. (2015). Evaluating gender-specificity of sexual arousal in women and men using thermography. Psychophysiology, 52, 1382–1395. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12466

Dawson, S., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Gender differences and similarities in sexual desire. Current Sexual Health Reports, 6(4), 211-219. doi: 10.1007/s11930-014-0027-5.

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(1), 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 Social Psychology, 93(6), 1108–1121.

Chivers, M. L., Rieger, G., Latty, E., & Bailey, J. M. (2004). A sex difference in the specificity of sexual arousal. Psychological Science, 15(11), 736–744.