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In April 2014, I graduated from the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. The title of my thesis was Not-so-casual sex: Definitions and scripts for modern sexual relationships. To date, my research interests include modern sexual relationships (One Night Stand, Booty Call, F*ck Buddies, Friends with Benefits), highly sexual women, erotic photography, and dating and technology (e.g., how technology is changing the modern dating script, whether or not meeting online or offline affects the trajectory of a new relationship).
Before starting my PhD, I completed my Master of Science at the University of Guelph where I worked with Dr Ed Herold and Dr Serge Desmarais on a project to identify the main constructs that differentiate highly sexual women from less sexual women. For my Honours Psychology BA at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, I examined reasons why women engage in casual sex.
This fall and winter (2014/2015) I am teaching part-time in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Previously I have taught PSY3102 (Interpersonal Relationships), PSY3105 (Psychology of Adolescence), PSY3122 (Human Sexual Behaviour), and PSY4122 (Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality).
Currently, I am supervising a Sex and Relationships Research group of undergraduate students at the University of Ottawa. We are examining how first sexual activity in a new relationship impacts the outcome of relationships based on whether or not the relationships begin online or offline.
I am a member of the following organizations: Canadian Sex Research Forum (www.csrf.ca), Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN; www.sieccan.org) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (www.sexscience.org). I enjoy being part of the Ottawa community. I sit on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood Ottawa and work with the University of Ottawa’s Sexual Health team of Health Promotion peer educators.
I enjoy talking about relationships and sexuality to all types of people. I have done a short segment with LiVE 885FM on interesting sexuality research for the past 3 years.
Please contact me if your organization or group has a speaking engagement that you think I would be a good fit.
Note: I cannot supervise graduate students at this time.