Research Staff

Emily Cote

Emily Cote has just finished her Psychology undergraduate honours degree, and received the Psychology Medal, singling her out as the top Psychology student in her graduating class. She awarded an IWK Summer Studentship Award during the summer of 2018, and we look...

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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...

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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 coordinator, including recruitment, participant support, and survey technical support for the ‘Genito-pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum’ study, and assisting with the “Men Coping with Low Desire” study and the “Couples Intimacy Observation 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.

Our Studies That I Have Been Involved With –

Daily Goals in Couples with Vulvodynia
Comparison of Couple Therapy and Medical Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)
Genito-pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum and its Partner Addition (nicknamed the Childbirth Study)
Couples Coping with Low Sexual Arousal/Desire Study
CODEs: Couples Sexuality and Relationship Study
Postpartum Couples Study (An Addition to the Childbirth Study)
Experimental Goals Study (an MTurk study)
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.

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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...

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