van Anders lab

social neuroendocrinology | feminist science | sexuality | gender/sex | sexual diversity


Principal Investigator, Lab Director
Bio (feel free to use/copy): Dr. Sari van Anders is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Social Neuroendocrinology, Sexuality, and Gender/Sex, and Professor of Psychology, Gender Studies, and Neuroscience, at Queen's University. Dr. van Anders has published over 90 papers with research that sets out new ways to conceptualize, understand, measure, and map gender/sex, sexual diversity, and sexuality, and also provides unique tools and theories for feminist and queer bioscience, especially within social neuroendocrinology and studies of testosterone. Dr. van Anders' work has been recognized with the 2013 Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions from the Association for Psychological Science, the 2014 Frank Beach Young Investigator Award from the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, the 2016 and 2020 Distinguished Publication Award from the Association for Women in Psychology, the 2019 George A. Miller Award for an Outstanding Recent Article on General Psychology from APA Division 1, the 2012 Ira and Harriet Reiss Theory Award from the Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, the 2016 Committee on Women in Psychology Leadership Award from the American Psychological Association, the 2022 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society for Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44), and more. Dr. van Anders has also been named one of 50 Distinguished Sexual and Gender Health Revolutionaries from the University of Minnesota’s Program in Human Sexuality as well as a Member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars. Dr. van Anders is committed to progressive transformation efforts for academic spaces and beyond.


Graduate Students
Carolina de Barros, Ph.D. Student, 2022-present. They/them. (vita)
I'm a first-year PhD student at Queen's, in social-personality psychology. I completed my BA and MA at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on interactions between positive bisexual identity, microaffirmations, and gender. My main research interests are positive sexual minority identity, gender/sex/uality labels and labelling choices, and mental illness experiences in academia. I work on the board of directors with the Saskatoon Abortion Support Network, and deeply value the interconnections between academia and community. In my free time, I enjoy crafting, aerial dancing, and cuddling with my three cats!
a.debarros @ queensu.ca
Jane Mao, Graduate RA, 2021-present; Undergraduate RA, 2019-2021.
I am a first year Masters of Education student and I am super excited to be back in the van Anders lab! I'm really happy I get to incorporate my involvement in social justice with what I learn in academia. I think it's really important that labs study gender/sex with an intersectional lens and I could not be more grateful to work here with such amazing and welcoming people! Catch me bopping around KTown to Khalid (we literally have the exact same birthday but no big deal) or Lizzo (my literal icon, that's it, that's the tweet) with my 3rd cup of coffee of the day :)
jane.mao @ queensu.ca
Eunju Son, Ph.D. Student, 2020-present. She/her. (vita)
I am a 5th year social psychology Ph.D. student at Queen's. I am interested in feminism and feminist identity. I'm also interested in the intersectionality of multiple social identities e.g., race/ethnicity and gender/sex and how that explains people's lived experiences. Currently, I am working on research exploring racialized masculinity and the effect of the feminist label on men's masculinity. Outside of the lab, I enjoy watching Netflix or reading detective stories!
eunju.son @ queensu.ca
Bianca Wilhelm, M.Sc. Student, 2021-present. (vita)
I am a 2nd year Social Psychology M.Sc. student at Queen's University. I received my B.Sc. in Psychology from the University of Florida, with minors in History and Women's Studies. I have research interests in sexual and gender diversity, with a current focus on plurisexuality. Other research interests include sexual/gender diversity in adolescents and minority stress and resilience. My passions outside of the lab include cooking, video games, and D&D.
20bsw @ queensu.ca

Lab Coordinator & Lab Technician

Kate Hunker, Co-Lab Coordinator, 2021-present, Volunteer & RA 2020-2021. She/her.
I am a recent graduate of Queen's University, holding a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Health Studies. I'm so excited to be taking on the role of lab coordinator for the 2022-2023 academic year, and to continue my work with the lab even after my degree! I am broadly interested in human sexuality and sexual health education, and am passionate about considering these topics through the lens of feminist science. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading a good book and spending time in nature by hiking or biking.
17keh8 @ queensu.ca
Mandeep Kaloti, Mass Spectrometry & Lab Technologist, 2022-present.
I am working as a Mass spectrometry and Lab technologist. I handle all responsibilities of characterization/detection of hormones and other analytes and help in managing other lab responsibilities. I received my M.Sc. in Biochemistry (Maharshi Dayanand University, India), M.Tech in Nanoscience and Technology (Guru Jambheshwar University of Science and Technology, India) and Ph.D. in Nanotechnology (Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, India). Outside of the lab, I enjoy writing poetry, travelling, cooking, listening to music and socializing with friends and families.
mk227 @ queensu.ca

Honours Students, Volunteers, & Research Assistants

Ella Blondin, Volunteer & RA, 2021-present.
I am a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in English Literature. I'm so excited to be returning to the van Anders lab after being away for the summer! Broadly, my research interests include conceptions of identity, sexual well-being, and how sexuality and mental health are related. Outside of the lab, I enjoy reading, creative writing, running and going to concerts.
19ehb @ queensu.ca
Sadie Levine, Volunteer & RA, 2020-present. She/her.
I am a fifth-year Concurrent Education student at Queen's and majored in Psychology for my undergraduate degree. I'm so excited to be part of the van Anders lab for another year! I'm interested in gender roles and stereotypes, and how they are created and perpetuated. I'm also interested in identity, and how sexual and gender/sex identity labels function in both political and intrapersonal dimensions. I'm a big believer in the importance of feminist science and feel so lucky to be in a lab that works towards creating a better future. Outside of the lab, I love making jewellery, teaching kids art, and doing editorial illustrations for on-campus magazines!
17slrl @ queensu.ca
Lydia Mathi, Honours Student, 2022-present. She/her.
I am a 4th year student at Queen's, majoring in Psychology, and I am very excited to be a part of the van Anders Lab. Since I aspire to go into counselling psychology, I believe my time at the van Anders lab will provide me with valuable knowledge about human experiences that can help me provide my future clients with welcoming, affirming care. I am currently interested in exploring partner number sexuality and the differing understandings of different partner number orientations. Outside of the lab, I was an Undergraduate Representative of the Psychology Department's EDI Committee, and I have volunteered with various organizations providing mentorship and peer support. In my free time, you will likely catch me belting out musical theatre songs, dancing (traditional Hawai'ian hula or highland dance with Queen's Bands) and hanging out with my wonderful family and friends.
17lvkm @ queensu.ca
Madeline Medrano, Volunteer, 2022-present. She/her.
I am a third year Health Sciences student at Queen's University. I am passionate about gender/sex/uality and sexual and reproductive health. I am interested in research that confronts the inequities gender and sexual minorities face, as well as research conducted through a queer and feminist lens. Outside of the lab you can find me hanging out with my cat or identifying and foraging plants and fungi!
20msm @ queensu.ca
Jessie Miller, Volunteer, 2021-present.
I am a third year student studying health sciences at Queen's University, and I'm very happy to be back in the van Anders lab this year! I'm interested in the relationship between sexual desire and gender/sex, as well as how physiology and culture affect sexual desire. I'm also passionate about inclusive research that addresses systematic and unconscious biases, so I am excited to be approaching research from a feminist science lens. Outside the lab, I love cooking, hiking, and weightlifting!
19jem11 @ queensu.ca
Benjamin Nguyen, Volunteer, 2022-present. He/him.
I am a fourth-year student in the Specialized Honours Psychology Program at York University, working towards becoming a clinical psychologist in and for 2SLGBTQ+ communities. My research interests revolve around individual conceptualizations of sexuality and in which manners they generate internalized/externalized stigma and discrimination, and I am so excited to investigate these topics from feminist and queer perspectives in the van Anders lab. Outside of the lab, I love reading (especially classics and queer literature), and going on hunts for good restaurants.
bpnguyen @ my.yorku.ca
Regan Yaraskavitch, Honours Student, 2022-present. She/her.
I am a fourth year student at Queen's University majoring in Psychology, minoring in Sociology, and working on obtaining a Certificate in Sexual and Gender Diversity. I'm very excited to be completing my Honours Thesis in the van Anders Lab and I'm interested in studying human sexuality with an intersectional lens. I also have an interest in improving sexual health education and a keen desire to help others feel comfortable with themselves both mentally and physically. Outside of the lab, I enjoy volunteering in the Kingston community, reading, and playing sports.
18rcmy @ queensu.ca

sari van anders, ph.d.
canada 150 research chair in social neuroendocrinology, sexuality, & gender/sex
professor of psychology, gender studies, & neuroscience
sva5@queensu.ca
62 arch street
kingston ontario k7L 4b6
queen's university
canada
copyright, Sari M. van Anders, 2008-2021