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Graduate Students

In the INSITE lab, we strive to be a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative professional community. Our lab members work and learn together. We celebrate each other’s successes, and share in each other’s challenges. We aim to be transparent, respectful, kind, generous, and compassionate with ourselves and with each other.

The INSITE lab membership includes graduate and undergraduate students involved in program, side interest, volunteer, and paid lab-related activities. Dr. Krystelle Shaughnessy (C. Psych) aims for all activities to include a professional development and learning component.

We are a cyberpsychology, sexuality, clinical, and social psychology lab. We believe in a balanced approach to understanding technology use and sexuality. Members benefit from being comfortable talking about sexuality, technology (especially internet, computer, and mobile technologies), and mental health topics in a professional context, and with colleagues who have a range of personal identities, experiences, and knowledge. Our lab advocates for social justice and human rights for all people.

We welcome sociodemographic diversity in our lab. We acknowledge openly that post-secondary education, psychology, research, and academia in general has and continues to be a place marked by inequity, systemic and institutional barriers. Dr. Krystelle Shaughnessy is committed to including underrepresented groups in the membership of the INSITE lab and in their research. Specifically, she is committed to contributing towards correcting a biased system that unfairly advantaged majority groups over minoritized groups in psychology training.

For the next 5 years, Dr. Shaughnessy will prioritize applicants to either the clinical or experimental psychology graduate programs who are part of a racialized group, Indigenous peoples, gender diverse, people with a disability, Francophone Canadians (with emphasis on those from outside of Quebec), and those whose identities intersect multiple groups who are underrepresented in psychology (for evidence that these groups are represented, see Cho, Crenshaw, & McCall, 2013; Michalski et al., 2017 amongst others). Dr. Shaughnessy invites (but does not require) applicants to indicate whether they belong to any of these groups when they contact her prior to applying.

Additionally, for the 2022-23 academic year, the ideal candidate will:

  • Want to pursue their dissertation research on one of the following topics:
    • social anxiety and technology-mediated sexual interactions
    • sexual consent and technology-mediated sexual interactions
    • sexual self-concept and technologies

Be English/French bilingual with comfort and competence working in a primarily anglophone lab.

For applicant's reference:

  • Dr. Shaughnessy only reviews official applications once they are available to her.
    • This is usually in early February.
  • Dr. Shaughnessy is on sabbatical now until July 1, 2022; she is limiting email during that time. Depending on how close your email is received in relation to the Dec 1 deadline, you may not receive a reply to your inquiry.
  • International students and students who do not have an Honour’s thesis undergraduate degree in psychology are strongly encouraged to contact the uOttawa School of Psychology academic administrative office to ensure that their training will be converted to meet the minimum requirements for admission to the program. Dr. Shaughnessy will not receive official applications that do not meet the minimum requirements.


Relevant readings:

Cho, S., Crenshaw, K., & McCall, L. (2013). Toward a Field of Intersectionality Studies: Theory, Applications, and Praxis. Signs, 38(4), 785-810. 

Michalski. J.H., Cunningham. T.,, & Henry. J. (2017). The Diversity Challenge for Higher Education in Canada: The Prospects and Challenges of Increased Access and Student Success. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 39, 66-89.

Honours Students

Dr. Shaughnessy will be on sabbatical leave from 2021-2022. Thus, she is not considering applications for undergraduate honours students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

UROP Students

Dr. Shaughnessy will be on sabbatical leave from 2021-2022. Thus, she is not considering applications for UROP students for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Research Assistants

The INSITE Lab currently does not have any open positions for undergraduate research assistants. 


Thank you for your interest. We are not recruiting participants or collecting data at this time. 

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