Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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

SAGE Lab Group Photo 2018-2019

2018-2019 SageLab Members

Left to right: Nichola Burnside-Marshall, Julianna Clarke, Micaela Bujold, Dr. Meredith Chivers, Ellie Maclennan, Maddie Katz, Larah Maunder, Nina Micanovic, Lauren DeMone, Dan Tassone and Jackie Huberman    

Not pictured: Amanda Timmers, Shannon Coyle, Dr. Kelly Suschinsky, Eliza Livingston, Shiny Li 

Meredith Chivers

Meredith L. Chivers, Ph.D., CPsych
Laboratory Director

Meredith Chivers is a psychological scientist and clinical psychologist whose research focuses on how sex (biological attributes) and gender (social roles and identities) influence our sexuality. Her academic interest in sexuality began when she was an undergraduate student studying neuroscience at the University of Guelph, sparked by an elective course in sexuality. Upon completing her BSc in 1995, she took a gap year to get more experience in sex research and to have some travel adventures. Meredith then left Canada in 1997 to study clinical psychology at Northwestern University, receiving her PhD in 2003. Trained by scientists at the Kinsey Institute, she began her program of research on gendered sexual psychophysiology at Northwestern University, discovering that women’s and men’s sexual responses were not two sides of the same coin. She continued this work at the University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, supported by postdoctoral fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and a Women’s Health Scholar Award. In 2007, she received a prestigious Queen’s National Scholar Award and, after parental leave, began her academic career at Queen’s University in 2009. With support from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, she established the Sexuality and Gender Laboratory (Sagelab), a multimethod sexual psychophysiology research facility. She is now an Associate Professor and Canadian Institutes of Health Research New Investigator, leading an exceptional team of junior researchers keen to understand how gender and sex influence our sexual responses, sexual orientations, and sexual health. She is also a registered Psychologist, an Associate Editor for the Archives of Sexual Behavior, and serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Sex Research, the Journal of Sexual Medicine, and the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. The Sagelab research program  -- supported by grants from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada -- examines gendered sexuality, including sexual psychophysiology, sexual orientations, and sexual functioning, with a focus on women. Off campus, Meredith can be found in the saddle, geocaching in Kingston’s many conservation areas, or conducting (delicious) experiments in her kitchen. Meredith's CV.

Kelly D. Suschinsky

Kelly D. Suschinsky, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Suschinsky is post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Queen's University. She completed her Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at the University of Lethbridge under the supervision of Dr. Martin Lalumière. She is currently funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research through a post-doctoral fellowship.  Her research interests involve gender differences and similarities in sexual arousal patterns, the relationship between sexual functioning and sexual arousal patterns, and the assessment of sexual preferences and interests. Kelly's CV.

Amanda Timmers

Amanda Timmers, M.Sc.
Ph.D. Candidate (Clinical Psychology)

Amanda is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Clinical Psychology program. She completed her Master's (M.Sc. Clinical Psychology) and undergraduate degree (B.A.H. major psychology, minor philosophy) at Queen's University, also under the supervision of Dr. Meredith Chivers. Amanda’s doctoral studies have been funded through the Ontario Women’s Health Scholars Award and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Joseph-Armand Bombardier Doctoral Award. Her research examines between- and within-gender variations in sexual responding. Her doctoral research focuses on the mechanisms of sexual response in men and in women across the menstrual cycle. Amanda is currently completing her doctoral residency at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Amanda's CV.

Jackie S. Huberman

 

Jackie S. Huberman, M.Sc.
Ph.D. Candidate (Clinical Psychology)

Jackie is a fifth year doctoral student in Clinical Psychology and has been a member of the SageLab for seven years. She completed her Master’s degree (M.Sc., Clinical Psychology) and Bachelor’s degree (B.Sc. Honours, Psychology) at Queen’s University. For her Master’s thesis, Jackie evaluated gender-specificity of sexual arousal in women and men using thermography concurrently with plethysmography. For her PhD, Jackie is continuing to use multi-method approaches to the study of sexuality. Her doctoral work focuses on improving our understanding of the sexual response process in women, including examining neural responses to sexual stimuli and predictors of sexual arousal and desire. Jackie's CV.

 

Nina Micanovic
M.Sc. Candidate (Clinical Psychology)

Nina is a first year Master’s student in Clinical Psychology. Nina has been a member of the SageLab for three years, and completed a directed lab and an Honours thesis in the SageLab. Her undergrad thesis used EEG to examine the effects of emotional valence and sexual specificity on early processing of sexual stimuli. For her masters, Nina is looking forward to using EEG to further understand neural responses to sexual stimuli, and examining the effects of negative valence on processing of sexual stimuli.   Nina's CV.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shannon Coyle

 

Trinda Penniston
M.Sc. Candidate (Social-Personality Psychology)

Trinda is a 1st year Master’s student in the Social-Personality psychology program. She completed her B.A.H in Psychology with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Dr. Marian Morry. Her previous work focused on couples and close relationships, and she first became interested in sexuality research when she volunteered as a crisis counsellor for sexual assault survivors. Trinda’s interests include sexual functioning, sexual health, and gender-based violence with a special focus on women. Trinda would like to examine specificity in sexual arousal and response patterns to various sexual stimuli and is interested in understanding and improving trauma informed care for sexual assault survivors. Trinda also has a keen interest in decolonizing and diversifying research and clinical practices, with an avid interest in African diasporic and Indigenous sexual and mental health. She hopes to include more sexual and racial minorities in her work and aims to improve the health and well-being of these communities. Trinda`s CV.

 

Shannon Coyle, B.Sc., B.A.(Hons)., M.A.
Research Technologist

Shannon is a research assistant in the Sexuality and Gender Laboratory Queen's University. She is also a professor at St. Lawrence College teaching human sexuality both on campus and online. After completing two years as a Ph.D student in Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen’s University she decided to shift her focus and follow her passion to teach and assist in conducting sexuality research, Shannon's CV.

Lauren DeMone

Lauren DeMone
Research Coordinator

Lauren recently graduated from the B.Sc. Honours Psychology program at Queen's. Her interest in research began in her undergraduate degree while completing two directed lab courses and a USSRF summer placement in the Poppenk Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab. Lauren completed her Honours thesis in the SageLab last year, examining the relationship between brain region volumetry and measures of sexual behaviour. She is excited to continue doing research on women's sexual health and the psychophysiological correlates of sexual functioning while working in the SageLab!  Lauren's CV.

Julianna Clarke

Julianna Clarke
Honour's Thesis 

Julianna is a fourth-year student in the B.A. Honours Psychology program at Queen's. She is interested in studying sexuality and romantic relationships. She hopes to broaden public knowledge about sexual diversity and sexual functioning in order to encourage more widespread education and comfort surrounding these topics. She also volunteers with the Mac Lab and works as a research coordinator in the van Anders Lab at Queen's. She's been volunteering at the Sage Lab since the summer of 2018 and is very excited to continue as an Honours Student in the lab! Julianna's CV.

Ellie Maclennan

Ellie Maclennan
Honour's Thesis
 

Ellie is in her fourth year of Psychology (B.Sc) at Queen’s University. After taking a course on sexuality, she became fascinated by this field of research and its social implications. Specifically, Ellie is excited to learn more about the diversity of experiences of members of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as learning more about how the complexity of sexuality extends to individuals of all identities. Ellie's CV.

Maddie Katz

Maddie Katz
Volunteer 

Maddie is a third year student in the B.A. Honours Psychology program at Queen's University. She developed an interest in sexuality & gender studies while in college, which continued into her university career, as she is working towards a certificate in Sexuality & Gender Diversity. She is interested in intersectionality within psychological research & practice. Maddie is looking forward to discover different research interests during her time at the SageLab! Maddie's CV. 

Devon Widrig

 

Gretha Conrads
Volunteer

Gretha is in her fifth year of Psychology (B.Sc) at Queen’s University. Sexuality and gender diversity has been a major focus of her undergraduate courses and she is very excited to now be able to explore this field from a research perspective. She is particularly interested in women’s experiences of low sexual desire and arousal as well as the concept of sexual fluidity. For the last year, Gretha has also been a research assistant at the Early Experience Lab and will continue there as an Honours thesis student. Gretha's CV.

 

 

Sara Wilson
Volunteer & Directed Lab Student

Sara is a fourth year Psychology major working towards her BScH. Her interest in women’s health, and sexual and gender diversity has been broadened though her undergraduate degree at Queen’s. She feels extremely privileged to have had the opportunity to be formally educated in human sexuality through a variety of courses, as well as volunteering. Sara is excited to work with inspiring role models in the Sagelab, to advance knowledge of “taboo” sexual health topics, particularly for women, through a psychophysiological lens. Sara's CV.

 

Jean Clipsham
Volunteer 

Jean is a retired Nurse Practitioner who worked for 25 years in the Sexual Health and Needle Exchange Programs at Halton Region Health Department and Peel Health. For over 25 years she has worked as an ally and advocate for the LGBTQ communities and is presently co-chair of the Rainbow Nursing Interest Group of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO).