We are looking for couples who are 12-18 weeks pregnant with their first child for an online research study at the University of Toronto and Dalhousie University. The study involves completing 7 online surveys about your sexual and relationship wellbeing over a 17-month period. Each partner can receive up to $105. E-mail us or check out our website to learn more! newparentsstudy@gmail.com natalieorosen.com/transition-to-parenthood-study-couples-12-18-weeks-pregnant/ ... See MoreSee Less

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Congratulations to one of our graduate students, Maria Glowacka, on being chosen as the winner of the Beatrice Award for the 2015-2016 year! Maria was chosen by her peers to receive this award for her generosity of time and commitment to her fellow students.

The Beatrice Award (aka Clinical Citizenship Award) is awarded annually to a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program who is deemed to have been the “best citizen” and the most positively helpful or supportive to fellow students (graduate or undergraduate) during their time in the program.
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Why we study PVD (provoked vestibulodynia)

We have exceptional health services in Nova Scotia for women. Still, some health problems that affect women’s physical and sexual health can be neglected due to misinformation and a lack of research to inform better treatment options. One such condition is provoked vestibulodynia (PVD). This pain condition is characterized by chronic pain in the vulvar vestibule that occurs when there pressure is applied to the area. PVD affects 7 to 12% of women. This translates to approximately 33, 672 to 57, 724 Nova Scotian women who may suffer from this pain condition.

Read more here: natalieorosen.com/why-we-study-pvd-provoked-vestibulodynia/

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Are you a first-time parent? Is your infant between 3 and 12 months old?

We are interesting in learning more about your sexual and romantic relationship. Please consider helping this research by participating in an online survey!

To be eligible to participate, you must:
(1) Be a first-time parent
(2) Have an infant between the age of 3-months and 12-months
(3) Be 18 years of age or older
(4) Be currently involved in a romantic relationship
(5) A resident of the United States or Canada
(6) Be able to read and understand English

*This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations.

If you choose to participate you will be asked questions about your sexuality and your romantic relationship. We will ask you to complete two online surveys. The first survey will take 25-35 minutes (and you can do it right away). The second survey will take 15-20 minutes (we will e-mail a link to you in four weeks). As a thank you for completing the surveys, you will receive a $5 (Canadian Dollars) Amazon gift card when you submit the first survey and a $5 (Canadian Dollars) Amazon gift card when you submit the second survey.

To complete the survey, or find out more, check out the website at: qeurope.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_39RW3UotDSp4Zal

We are happy to talk with you about any questions or concerns you may have about your participation in this research study. Please contact Sarah Vannier (Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, (902) 494-4223, svannier@dal.ca) at any time with questions, comments, or concerns about the research study.
If you have any ethical concerns about your participation in this research, you may also contact the Director, Research Ethics, Dalhousie University at (902) 494-1462, or email: ethics@dal.ca
Thank you in advance for your interest in our research!

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General Inquiries: rosenlab@dal.ca

Couples and Sexual Health Lab (CaSH): 902-494-4223

Dr. Natalie Rosen: 902-494-4044 or by e-mail (see contact form)

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