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Meredith L. Chivers, PhD, CPsych
Department of Psychology
Queen's University
62 Arch Street, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

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COVID-19 UPDATE: The Lab is closed until further notice to observe social distancing, and we're not sure if we will be able to start face-to-face research before the fall term. Given this uncertainty, we do not know whether we will be able to offer directed lab or volunteer positions in the lab this fall. If you submit your application, we will keep your application on file and contact you once we have a better sense of what the future holds. 


Laboratory Volunteers, Directed Lab/Reading Courses, and Honour's Thesis Candidates:  

The SageLab is currently accepting applications for volunteers, directed lab students, and directed reading students for the fall 2020 semester! For those interested in getting involved, please complete the SageLab Volunteer/DL/DR Form.  

Prospective Graduate Students:

The SageLab is dedicated to conducting research on sexuality and gender from a variety of perspectives; we consider both clinical and nonclinical psychology graduate students whose research interests are a good fit with SageLab projects. Please refer to the graduate studies website for more information on these programs.

Note: Dr. Chivers is accepting graduate applications for the 2020/2021 academic year. 

For fall 2020, Sagelab hopes to recruit at least two graduate students with strong interest in laboratory-based research on sexual response and sexual functioning. These students do not have to be clinical psychology students, but they do have to have a strong interest in doing research. Please visit the Sagelab webpage and read our recent publications to get a good sense of the kind of research we do.

Over the next five years, we will be conducting research on the neurocognitive modulators of sexual motivation, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). This project is a two-site study that involves assessment of cognitive processing of sexual cues (using reaction-time based measurements), visual attention to sexual cues (using eyetracking), neural responses to sexual cues (measured using EEG), and sexual psychophysiology (genital and subjective sexual arousal) in women with and without sexual interest and arousal disorder. The Sagelab team is collaborating with Drs. Lori Brotto  and Rebecca Todd at UBC, and Dr. Mark Sabbagh in the psychology department at Queen's, along with Dr. Sam Dawson (Dalhousie), and my current PhD candidate, Jackie Huberman. Graduate students will have the opportunity to learn these methodologies and their application to understanding sexual motivation in women who do and do not have sexual difficulties.

Sagelab will also be continuing research examining sexual response and visual attention to cues of sexual attractiveness. This work is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and is being conducted in collaboration with Drs. Lisa DeBruine and Benedict Jones at the University of Glasgow who study effects of reproductive hormones on mating-related behaviours. Another NSERC-funded study will examine the relationship between gender, brain responses to sexual cues, and self-reported feelings of sexual response in real time. This work is also being done in collaboration with Dr. Mark Sabbagh at Queen's. Last, there is also an opportunity for a PhD student to conduct research on the influence of menstrual cycle phase and sexual response in women, research that is also funded by NSERC. 

Sagelabbers also have the opportunity to work with the many archival datasets from past research projects funded by CIHR, SSRHC, NSERC, the American Institute for Bisexuality, and others. If a student has a good idea, we're happy to find ways to make it happen!