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

Shannon Coyle

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

Nina Micanovic

Nina Micanovic
Research Coordinator

Nina recently graduated from the undergraduate Psychology program at Queen’s University. She first became interested in research when she volunteered as a research assistant in Breast Pathology, developing a keen interest in women’s health and sexuality. Nina later volunteered in the Mood Lab and the Sexual Health Lab at Queen’s. She was a directed lab student and completed an honours thesis in the SageLab and is very excited to continue her work in the lab! Her thesis used EEG to examine the effects of emotional valence and sexual specificity on early processing of sexual stimuli.  Nina's CV   

Larissa Wieczorek

Larissa Wieczorek
Research Intern

Larissa recently completed her Master’s thesis in the Department of Biological Personality Psychology at the University of Goettingen. While her previous work and studies focused on the choice of romantic partners and online paradigms, Larissa is excited to learn more about sexuality and the various ways of studying it during her internship at the SageLab now! She will join a project that investigates women’s sexual desire at different ages. Above that, she is a supporter of open science and looks forward to integrate relevant practices from this field into her work. Larissa will be a member of the lab until February 2019. Afterwards, she will return to Germany and hopes to make use of her new knowledge during a Ph.D or during work in a clinical setting. Larissa's CV   

Micaela Bujold

Micaela Bujold
Honour's Thesis

Micaela is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology. Her interest in psychological research developed when she volunteered as a research assistant with the Infant Mental Health Promotion at Sick Kids Hospital. Micaela later volunteered in the Queen’s Visual Cognition Lab, and is now looking forward to pursuing her honours thesis with the SageLab. She is very excited to join the SageLab team this year, and is especially looking forward to working closely with her lab colleagues and broadening her knowledge of sexual function and dysfunction. Going forward, Micaela is hoping to pursue graduate studies and work with children and youth in a clinical setting. Micaela's CV.

Lauren DeMone

Lauren DeMone
Honour's Thesis 

Lauren is a fourth year undergraduate student working towards a Bachelor of science with a Psychology major and a Biology minor. She became interested in psychology research while completing two directed lab courses and a USSRF project under the supervision of Dr. Jordan Poppenk. While working in the POPMEM computational memory lab, she became fascinated by the complex relationships between brain structure and behaviour. She is very excited to continue investigating this from the perspective of human sexuality, and is looking forward to working with the SageLab research team while completing her honour's thesis. Lauren's CV.

Nichola Burnside-Marshall

Nichola Burnside-Marshall
Directed Reading Student

Nichola is a fourth-year Psychology & Politics medial student at Queen’s University. Nichola first became aware of the SageLab when she participated in a study in second-year. She has always been fascinated by the complexity of human sexuality, even more so after taking a human sexuality course at the BISC in England. Nichola is thrilled to start her work in the lab and hopes to go on to pursue graduate studies in human sexuality. Nichola's CV.

Julianna Clarke

Julianna Clarke
Volunteer

Julianna is a third-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 assistant 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 into the Fall! Julianna's CV.

Ellie Maclennan

Ellie Maclennan.
Volunteer

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 second 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

Devon Widrig
Volunteer

Devon is a fourth-year psychology student at Queen’s University. Her interest in sexuality and gender studies sparked while taking a human sexuality course. She is most interested in the neuroendocrinology and physiological mechanisms involved in sexual function and dysfunction, as well as how psychosocial factors mediate these mechanisms. She looks forward to developing her interests while working in the lab. Devon's CV. 

Shiny Li
Volunteer 

Shiny is a fourth year international Concurrent Education (Primary/Junior) student working on a major in Gender Studies and a minor in Psychology. She came to Canada three years ago from China hoping to obtain a brand new experience. As someone who was born and raised in China, she realized that topics on gender and sex are rarely discussed in traditional Chinese classroom settings as she was growing up. She is hoping to pursue future development in sex education moving forward. She is excited to work with other SageLab members. Shiny's CV.

Eliza Livingston
Volunteer

Eliza is a third-year undergraduate student in the Biology and Psychology specialization at Queen’s University. Eliza has always had a keen interest in sexuality and gender, specifically in sexual dysfunction and the underlying biological factors. She is excited to start her second year with the Sage Lab, and continue to learn more about the field of sexuality and gender research. Eliza'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).