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

2019-2020 SageLab Members

Left to right: Gretha Conrads, Nina Micanovic, Lauren DeMone, Sara Wilson, Trinda Penniston, Maddie Katz, Emily Sharp, Dr. Meredith Chivers, Julianna Clarke, Mara Dempsey, Ellie Maclennan

 

Not pictured: Sophia Conradi, Shannon Coyle, Katelyn Holliday, Jackie Huberman

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.

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
Honours 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
Honours Thesis
 

Ellie is in her fifth year of Psychology (B.Sc) at Queen’s University. After volunteering and completing a Directed Lab in the Sage Lab, Ellie is very excited to continue as an Honours thesis student. She is interested in learning more about fluidity and stability of sexuality, particularly sexual identity, and how individuals’ develop their sense of identity and labels. 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 works towards a certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. She is interested in sexual and gender diversity within psychological research and practice, and is excited to continue exploring these interests as a volunteer & directed lab student in 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.

 

Mara Dempsey
Volunteer & Directed Lab Student

Mara is in her final year of the B.A. Honours Psychology program at Queen's University. She is also completing a minor in English Literature and the Certificate of Sexual and Gender Diversity at Queen's. She plans to become a Clinical Psychologist and believes that working with diverse populations and broadening one's knowledge is necessary to create an inclusive environment when practicing psychology. She has worked in several different laboratories, including The Adult Development Laboratory at The University of Toronto, where she analyzed the effects of stereotyping, prejudice, and stigma on cognition, as well as The Mood Research Laboratory and The Cognition in Psychological Disorders Laboratory at Queen's University, where she has studied vulnerability factors, symptomatology, and treatment response in Mood Disorders and Psychosis. She also has experience working in long-term care, palliative care, and end-of-life care as a recreation therapy student for seniors. She is excited to learn more about sexual diversity and factors that contribute to sexual dysfunction. She is particularly interested in the contributions of anxiety and internalized stigma in sexual dysfunction. Mara's CV.

 

Sophia Conradi
Volunteer

Sophia is a fourth year Life Science Major at Queen’s University. She has a passion for health care and has been volunteering with Queen’s First Aid for 3 years. Recently, she began working at the Sexual Health Resource Centre, where her interest in gender diversity and sexual health grew. She is excited to work in an inclusive environment that advocates for LGBTQ+ communities, and learn more about women’s sexual health. Sophia's CV.

 

Katelyn Holliday
Volunteer

Katelyn is in her third year of the BSc Honours Psychology Program at Queen’s University. She has a wide range of interests in social, personality and clinical psychology including but not limited to self-efficacy, self-handicapping, dysphoria, causal uncertainty, creativity, flow-states, anxiety disorders, and all topics pertaining to intimate relationships. After taking a Human Sexuality course last year, her interest was sparked yet again in areas of attraction, diversity of sexual interests, and disordered sexual functioning. She is continuing to learn about the complex relationship between sex and gender in a fourth-year seminar class taught by Dr. Chivers. For the past year Katelyn has been a research assistant in the Motivation and Social Cognition Lab and has completed a special directed lab course. In the future she would like to explore relationships between motivation/social cognitions and sexuality. She enjoys research and hopes to learn more about psychophysiological methods while volunteering in SageLab! Katelyn's CV.

 

Emily Sharp
Volunteer

Emily is a third-year Life Sciences Student who is new to the SageLab this year. This past summer she worked in a Differences in Sex Development (DSD) Lab in Washington D.C. where her interest in human development and sexuality grew. She is excited to work in a welcoming and inclusive workspace and hopes to learn more about women’s sexuality and the ways in which people express their sexual interests. Emily's CV.