Work E-mail: egrav037@uOttawa.ca
I am senior Ph.D. candidate in experimental psychology at the University of Ottawa. I completed my B.A. with Honours in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. For with honours thesis, I worked with Dr Marta Young in the Cross-Cultural Psychology Laboratory. My thesis examined the effects of culture, family, and religion on the sexuality Franco-Canadian emerging adults. My collaboration with Dr Young’s laboratory also gave me the opportunity to work on several projects examining the cultural determination of sexuality across five Canadian ethnic groups.
For my doctoral research, I am exploring how Self-Determination Theory can provide a useful framework to understand sexual well-being. More specifically, I want to better understand the antecedents and consequences of self-determined and non-self-determined sexual motives. As the intersection of SDT and sexuality is in its beginings, many important questions remain to be answered. For instance, does the extent to which our motives are self-determined or non-self-determined predicts our sexual well-being? If this is the case, how, for whom, and under what circumstances? Are men and women as likely to be self-determined or non-self-determined in their sexual motives? Does gendered sexual socialization contribute to sexual motives? Further, if sexual motives shape our sexual well-being, then what are their predictors? Does the quality of our relationship with our sexual partner set the stage to our sexual motives?
More broadly, my goal as a researcher is to establish bridges between social psychology and sexology. Sexuality is fundamentally a social behavior and a core part of our self, and although the study of sexuality is crucial to our understanding of the social person, it has received relatively little attention from social psychology research. However, these are exciting times as a growing number of researchers are bringing the study of sexuality to social psychology.
My passion for pedagogy has also brought me to teach a gender psychology course every Spring to high school students from 2010 to 2014 under the University of Ottawa Mini Course Enrichment Program. Through lectures, activities and lots of discussions, we examined the complex interplay of the biological, psychological, and social processes behind the determination of gender, and how being a gendered person shapes our experience as human beings, from our personality to our health, and of course, our sexuality! I have also been a teaching assistant for broad range of courses, namely Cross-Cultural Psychology, Human Sexual Behaviors, Special Topics in Human Sexuality, Psychology of Women, Research Methods and Ethics, Quantitative Methods in Psychology, and Social Psychology. I have also been a guest lecturer for the Psychology of Women, Human Sexual Behavior, Human Motivation, and Quantitative Method in Psychology I. For two consecutive years now, I have taught Research Methods and Ethics. I am truly proud to teach this course as not only does a research methods course allows us to understand the fundamental mechanics of scientific research, but more importantly, the critical thinking skills it allows us to acquire ultimately contribute to make us better person and better citizens.
Being a member of the University of Ottawa community is important, I have therefore been closely involved with students associations and I actively participate in administrative committees for several years. I have been a member of board of directors of the University of Ottawa’s Graduate Student Association (2010-11; GSAÉD), a student representative on the Faculty of Social Science Council (2010-13), the School of Psychology’s Undergraduate Studies Committee (2010-12), and the School of Psychology’s Management Committee (2012-13). I have also been the Experimental Student Representative for the University of Ottawa’s Graduate Association of Students in Psychology (2012-13; GASP). In 2011-12, I founded and chaired the Psychology Outside the Box Conference, a national student interdisciplinary conference. I have also been a part-time professor representative for the University of Ottawa’s Association of Part-Time Professor of the University of Ottawa (2014-15; APTPUO).
I am a member of the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN), the Canadian Sex Research Forum (CSRF), and the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR).
Gravel, E. E., Young, M., Olavarria-Turner, & Lee, A. M. S. Ethnic differences in sexual guilt between Anglo-Canadians and Franco-Québécois emerging adults: The mediating roles of family and religion (2011). Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20, 129-142.
Emilie Eve Gravel (2014). “We’re stepping in to fill the gap left by the education system”A Formative Evaluation of Insight Theatre. Research report of a program evaluation conducted for Planned Parenthood Ottawa.
Gravel, E. E., Pelletier, L G., & Reissing, E. D (2015). Validation of a Sexual Motivation Scale Grounded in Self-Determination Theory (under review).
Gravel, E. E., Reissing, E. D., & Pelletier, L. G (2015). All Reasons to Have Sex are not Equal. A Model of Antecedents and Consequences of Sexual Motivation (under review).
Gravel, E. E., Young, M. Y., Darzi, C. M., Olivarria-Turner, M., Lee., A. M.-S (2015). Sexual Socialization in Emerging Adults of South Asian Descent: The Role of Parents and Sexual Attitudes (under review).
VanZuylen, H., Gravel, E. E., & Reissing, E. D. (2015, June). For whom does sexual function matter? An analysis of peri- and postmenopausal women's sexual motivations, function, and distress. Poster presented at the meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association. Ottawa, ON.
Gravel, E. E., Pelletier, L. G., & Reissing, E. D. (2015). The Sexual Motivation Scale (SexMS): A New Measurement of Sexual Motives Grounded In Self-Determination Theory. Paper submitted to 40th Annual Conference of the International Academy of Sex Research, Toronto, ON.
Gravel, E.E., Reissing, E., Pelletier, L. (2014). Not All Reasons to Have Sex Are Created Equal: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective on Sexual Motivation. Poster presented at the 41th Annual Conference of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Kingston, ON.
Pomerleau, M., Gravel E., Reissing, E., & Pelletier, L. (2014). Sexualité et Bien-Être. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Société Québécoise pour la Recherche en Psychologie, Montréal, QC
Gravel, E.E, Pelletier, L, & Reissing, E. (2013, May). Does Self-Determined Motivation Fuel the Engine of Sexual Well-being? Paper presented at the 2nd Psychology Outside the Box Conference, Ottawa, ON.
Gravel, E.E. (2013, May). The Sexual Self-Concept: Conceptualizations and Future Directions. Poster presented in June at the 74th Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Québec, QC.
Gravel E.E. , Reissing, E., Pelletier, L. (2013, June). The Effects of Self-Determined Relational and Sexual Motives on Sexual Well-Being. Poster presented at the 5th International Conference on Self-Determination Theory, Rochester, N.Y.
Gravel, E.E., Young, M., Lee, A. M.-S., Olavarria, M., & Darzi, C. (2012, September). Family and Religion: Underlying Mechanisms Behind Ethnic Differences in Sexual Guilt Between Anglo-Canadians and Chinese-Canadians. Paper presented at the 39th annual meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Ottawa, ON.
Gravel, E.E., Young, M. Lee, A. M.-S., Olavarria, M., & Darzi, C. (2012, July). The Impact of Religiosity on HIV and STI knowledge: Is Sexual Guilt a Mediator? Poster presented at the 37th annual meeting of the International Academy of Sex Research, Estoril, Portugal.
Darzi, C., Young, M., Gravel., E., Lee, A.M-S., et Olavarria, M. (2012, June). The Impact of Family on Sexual Attitudes and Behaviors of Second Generation South Asian-Canadians. Poster Presented at the 73rd conference of Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.
Lee, A., Young, M., et Gravel, E. (2012, June). Determinants of Sexual Knowledge Among Second Generation Chinese-Canadians: The Role of Culture and Sexual Attitudes. Poster Presented at the 73rd conference of Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.
Gravel, E., Young, M., Lee, A.M.S., & Olavarria, M. (2011, June). Guilty or not Guilty? The Influence of Gender, Parental Sexual Attitudes and Religiosity on Sexual Guilt in Anglo-Canadians, Franco-Ontarians, and Franco-Québécois Emerging Adults.Poster presented at the 20th regional conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.
Lee, A. M.S., Young, M., & Gravel, E. (2011, June). Sexuality among Chinese Canadians, South Asian Canadians, and Anglo- Canadians: Do Family and Culture Matter? Poster presented at the 20th regional conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology, Instanbul, Turkey.
Young, M., Gravel, E., Olivarria, M., & Lee, A.M.S. (2011, June). L’Impact de la Culture, la Famille et la Religion sur la Culpabilité Sexuelle des Franco- Canadiens. Poster presented at the 72nd annual conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
Lee, A.M.S., Young, M., Olivarria, M., & Gravel, E. (2011, June). Subjective Well-Being Among Second Generation Chinese- Canadians: Does Family and Culture Matter? Poster presented at the 72nd annual conference of the Canadian Psychological Association, Toronto, ON.
Young, M., Lee, A., Olavarria, M., Gravel, E., & Cloutier, M. (2009, June). Contextualizing Canadian Sexualities Through Culture and Family: A Comparison Between Anglo-Canadians, Franco-Ontarians and Franco-Québécois