Projects Still in Data Collection but Closed to Recruitment

A Study for Couples Coping with Low Sexual Desire

Couples Desire Study: A Study for Couples Coping with Low Sexual Desire We are recruiting couples where one partner has

CONNECT: A Couples’ Study

In this study, we recruited couples to participate in an online research study on relationships and sexual wellbeing, which involved

Hey Baby! Couples’ Wellbeing Study

In this study, couples helped us understand how couples manage changes to their sexual well-being during the transition to parenthood

Past Projects in the Analysis Phase

Bump 2 Baby! Couples’ Wellbeing Study

We recruited couples who were expecting their first child, or whose first child was under a year old, to participate in an online survey to explore the changes in sexual

Couples Intimacy Observational Study

Participants are helping us to better understand how intimacy and emotions contribute to the sexual well-being of couples! Purpose We sought couples for a new research study on couples’ sexuality.

Transition to Parenthood Study

We recruited couple who were expecting their first child to participate in online surveys from pregnancy to 12-months postpartum to explore the changes in well-being in the transition to parenthood

Daily Goals in Couples with Vulvodynia Study

In this study, couples completed longitudinal and daily diary surveys to help us better understand the links that exist between genital pain, sexuality and other interpersonal and psychological factors, for

Sexual Intimacy and Wellbeing Study

In this study, we recruited couples to participate in both longitudinal and daily online surveys about romantic and sexual relationships. We look forward to sharing the results of this research

The Partner Addition to the Childbirth Study

We recruited the partners of members of the Childbirth Study (Genito-Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum Study) at 3-months postpartum to participate in a couples'-focused substudy. Check back for findings

Genito-Pelvic Pain in Pregnancy and Postpartum (The Childbirth Study)

In this study we recruited over 900 women when they were at 20-weeks gestation with their first child. Our goals were to assess the prevalence of genito-pelvic pain and pain

Couples Coping with Low Sexual Interest/Arousal Study

In this study we recruited couples in which a woman experiences distressing low sexual interest or arousal. Our goals are to understand possible protective factors – meaning aspects of the relationship

CODEs: Couples Sexuality and Relationship Study

The CODEs Study was an online couple's study, and our participants' data acted as control data for the Couples Desire Study (SIADS Study). Check back soon for findings from this

Postpartum Couples Study

Research on how couples manage discomfort or pain in the postpartum period. Check back soon for findings from this project!

Sexual and Romantic Relationships of First Time Parents

This study is closed for recruitment! Keep an eye on the site for the exciting findings!

Sexuality During Pregnancy Study

This study is now closed for recruitment. Please check back for an update regarding our findings as they become available!

Factors Impacting Sexual Satisfaction and Relationship Satisfaction in First Time Parents: A Dyadic Analysis

This study is now closed for recruitment. Please check back for an update regarding our findings as they become available!

Complete Past Projects

A Comparison of Couple Therapy and Medical Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD) Study

The main goal of this study was to assess the efficacy of cognitive-behavioural therapy for couples in which the woman suffers from provoked vestibulodynia by comparing it to a standard

Approach and Avoidance Sexual Goals: A Relationship and Sexuality Study

We recruited individuals on Amazon Mechanical Turk to complete a series of surveys to assess whether increasing ones' focus on approach goals for having sex (i.e., pursing a desired outcome,

Influence of Uncertainty on Responses to the Sexual Health Threat, Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

How do state and trait differences in uncertainty affect responses to a sexual health threat? In a series of studies we investigated how these differences in uncertainty relate to affective

Partner Responses in Women with Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD) and their Partners

We recently completed a study in the Couples and Sexual Health Laboratory (Dalhousie University/IWK Health Centre) examining relationship variables in couples with PVD. Click below to find a summary of

Pain Related to Pregnancy and Childbirth

The goal of this project was to examine the prevalence, predictors, and consequences of genital and pelvic pain related to pregnancy and childbirth. We investigated the role of biological and

Couple Therapy Treatment for Provoked Vestibulodynia (PVD)

We conducted a pilot test of a 12-week couple therapy for women suffering from PVD, an acute vulvo-vaginal pain condition. The purpose of this project was to assess the feasibility