Jocelyn Wentland


Jocelyn Wentland

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Jocelyn Wentland


To date, my research program has focused on various components of relationship initiation, including modern sexual relationships (One Night Stand, Booty Call, F*ck Buddies, Friends with Benefits), highly sexual women, 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). 

Currently, I am an adjunct professor in Psychology at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan) in Kelowna, BC. I continue to supervise the University of Ottawa Sex and Relationships Research Group. 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.

In 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. Before starting my PhD, I completed my Master of Science at the University of Guelph where I examined the main constructs that differentiate highly sexual women from less sexual women and for my Honours Psychology BA at the University of British Columbia (Okanagan), I examined reasons why women engage in casual sex. While in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, I taught PSY3102 (Interpersonal Relationships), PSY3105 (Psychology of Adolescence), PSY3122 (Human Sexual Behaviour), and PSY4122 (Advanced Studies in Human Sexuality). 

I am a member of the following organizations: Canadian Sex Research Forum (, Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN; and the International Academy of Sex Research ( 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 4 years.

Please contact me if your organization or group has a speaking engagement that you think I would be a good fit.

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Fields of Interest

  • Technology and Dating
  • Casual Sexual Relationships
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