Graduate Students

Kate Rancourt

Posted on May 8, 2017

Kate Rancourt

I am in my fifth year of the Clinical Psychology PhD program. I am originally from Calgary, Alberta and completed my Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Alberta in 2011. I have had a long-standing interest in interpersonal relationships and health. For my Honours research, I studied the influence of couples’ communication on their marital and psychological adjustment to colorectal cancer. As part of the Couples and Sexual Health Laboratory, I have extended my interest in couples’ interactions to study interpersonal factors that influence couples’ adjustment to female sexual pain and other sexual problems. My comprehensive research examines whether women with and without sexual problems exhibit different cognitive, behavioural, and affective responses to partners’ affectionate and sexual touch.  My doctoral research examines whether changes in couples’ sexual communication over the course of a couples’ intervention for Provoked Vestibulodynia predict better treatment outcomes for couples (e.g., improved pain and sexual outcomes).

Maria Glowacka

Posted on May 7, 2017

Maria Glowacka

I am a Clinical Psychology PhD student. I was born in Wroclaw Poland, but grew up in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I completed my undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University and graduated with Honours in Psychology and a Forensic Psychology Certificate. Prior to entering graduate school, I was a research coordinator for Dr. Natalie Rosen (Jan 2010-September 2012) and this is when my interest in the sexual health field flourished. I have been a part of the Couples and Sexual Health Laboratory since September 2012. I am interested in female sexual pain disorders; more specifically in how various psychological and interpersonal variables impact pain intensity and sexual and relationship functioning. My first comprehensive project assessed the relationship between fear avoidance variables (catastrophizing, hypervigilance, anxiety, and fear of pain) and genito-pelvic pain after childbirth. My dissertation will be a daily experience study examining the interpersonal predictors of pain and functioning in women who suffer from Provoked Vestibulodynia and their partners. I hope that my research will help health professionals develop more efficient interventions for couples in which women experience pain during intercourse.

Kathleen Merwin

Posted on May 6, 2017

I am in my second year of the Clinical Psychology PhD program. I am originally from Burlington, Ontario and I completed my Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Psychology at Queen’s University in 2015. My background is in developmental psychology and human sexuality, and I am particularly interested in exploring how aspects of sexuality develop and change over the lifespan. Specifically, I hope to examine the development of gender dysphoria and sexual dysfunction and pain disorders; more specifically, how interpersonal and psychological variables impact the interpersonal, sexual, and relationship functioning of both a couple and the individual. I am also interested in exploring how the consequences of treatment (for example mastectomies or hormonal therapy) impact sexuality and consequently psychological health in both men and women.

Justin Dubé

Posted on May 5, 2017

Justin Dubé

I am in my first year of Dalhousie’s Clinical Psychology program. I grew up in Kingston, Ontario and earned my Bachelor of Science Honours degree from the University of Toronto. I first became interested in clinical psychology while learning about CBT in a class on cognition and psychopathology. I’ve had the opportunity to cultivate my passion for the field by working with inpatients at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and volunteering with labs at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto. I’m thrilled to be a part of the Couples and Sexual Health lab.  For my comprehensive research, I am interested in examining the relationship between emotion regulation and sexual satisfaction in couples affected by sexual interest and arousal disorder. My interests outside of psychology include cycling, playing music, and producing recordings.

Meghan Rossi

Posted on May 4, 2017

Meghan is the newest Graduate Student to join our lab!


Bio coming soon!