Sarah Vannier, PhD

Dr. Sarah Vannier joined the Couples and Sexual Health Lab as a postdoctoral fellow in 2015 and holds SSHRC and IWK postdoctoral fellowships for 2016-2018. Her research tends to focus on sexual and romantic scripts and her dissertation research examined the association between violated romantic expectations (e.g., love at first sight, destiny) and relationship outcomes in young adults’ dating relationships. During her fellowship Sarah extend her research to include women and couples coping with sexual problems and navigating the transition to parenthood.  She is particularly interested in how unexpected changes to a sexual relationship affect the wellbeing of new parents. Sarah completed her Ph.D. in Experimental and Applied Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, and in 2018 joined the Faculty of St. Thomas University’s Psychology Department as an Assistant Professor.