Research Staff

Kathy Petite

Posted on May 8, 2017

Kathy Petite

I joined the lab in August 2013 as Research Coordinator. I have a BSc in Psychology from Dalhousie and an M.A. in Family Studies and Gerontology from Mount Saint Vincent University. My research explored the tension of motherhood and the military for women who were service members and parents of young children particularly at times of deployments that took them away from family for up to six months. Upon graduation in 2008, I won the MSVU thesis award for “Tinker, tailor! Soldier, sailor! Mother? Making sense of the competing institutions of motherhood and the military.” While working on my masters, I started working as a research assistant and discovered I enjoyed the challenges of coordination. Since 2004 I have worked on a variety of projects but am particularly drawn to issues of women’s health.

Kayla Mooney

Posted on May 7, 2017

Kayla Mooney

I graduated from Acadia University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology. For my honours thesis, I worked under the supervision of Dr. Lisa Price (Acadia University) and Dr. Angela Connors (Forensic Sexual Behaviour Program, Dartmouth) examining impulsivity amongst individuals who committed sexual crimes against children. I joined the lab in August of 2014 as a research coordinator for the Genito-Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum study. My duties as research coordinator include participant recruitment and management, logistical support, and data collection. I am also a research assistant for the other ongoing projects in the lab, including the ‘Daily Goals in Couples with Vulvodynia’ study, the ‘Comparison of Couple Therapy and Medical Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)’ study, and the ‘Factors Impacting Sexual Satisfaction and Relationship Satisfaction in First Time Parents’ study. I have a wide range of research interests, mainly including forensic psychology and human sexuality topics. Outside of the academic setting, I have had a lifelong passion for figure skating, and enjoy almost all forms of physical activity.

Gillian Boudreau

Posted on May 6, 2017

Gillian Boudreau

I graduated with my BA (honours) in Psychology with a minor in Gender & Women’s Studies from Dalhousie in 2015, and have been involved in the Couples and Sexual Health Lab since early 2013, first as a volunteer and then as a research assistant and independent research student. I am privileged to be involved with several studies in the Lab as a part of my work as a research assistant, including participant support and survey technical support for the ‘Daily Goals in Couples with Vulvodynia’ study and the ‘Comparison of Couple Therapy and Medical Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)’ study, and I help with recruitment and participant support for the ‘Genito-pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum’ study.

I was awarded a Summer Studentship Award from the IWK Health Center’s Research Services two years running. Most recently, as a part of the Genito-Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum Study, I assessed women’s motivations for engaging in sexual activity during pregnancy despite the variety of changes and barriers that they may face, and how these motivations relate to their sexual outcomes. I also look forward to sharing the results from my independent research project, which assessed whether increasing participants’ focus on a recent sexual event that they engaged in to pursue certain types of goals (approach goals or avoidance goals) would affect their perceptions of their romantic and sexual relationship.

My research interests are varied within the realm of human sexuality, including the reasons why people have sex and how these reasons affect their relationships, and how people maintain positive sexual and relationship wellbeing over time, particularly when faced with circumstances such as the changes accompanying a pregnancy or when experiencing sexual problems. I also have a keen interest in issues regarding sexual consent and sexual education, as well as how we, as researchers, can make research more inclusive.

Nicole Snowball

Posted on May 5, 2017

Nicole Snowball

I recently graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology. I have been involved in the Couples and Sexual Health Lab since the fall of 2013, in a number of capacities. First I was a volunteer assisting with various tasks, and then I completed my honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Rosen and Kate Rancourt. My thesis ‘Please Don’t Touch Me Like That: Responses of Women with and without Sexual Problems to Partner Touch in Romantic Relationships’ examined the emotional and physical responses of women to partner touch while in romantic relationships. I am currently a research assistant in the lab, assisting primarily in the ‘We Need to Talk: The Influence of Disclosure of Sexual Problems on Sexual and Relationship Well-Being’ study, and providing participant support for the ‘Daily Goals in Couples with Vulvodynia’ study. My research interests are mainly in human sexuality and its relation to theories of feminism. My interests outside of academia include the craft beer industry, environmentalism, and food ethics.

Megan Muise

Posted on Apr 8, 2017

Megan Muise

I recently graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Art (Honours) in Psychology. For my honours thesis, I worked with Dr. Angie Birt (Mount Saint Vincent University) on a research project examining how forgiveness influences people’s memories for emotional events. I joined the Couples and Sexual Health Lab in the spring of 2017 as a research assistant, assisting primarily with the ‘Transition to Parenthood’ study, as well as providing participant support in many other ongoing studies in the lab. I am very excited to be a member of this lab as my primary research interests include human sexuality and couples therapy, more specifically how sexual wellbeing can influence relationship wellbeing.