I am a doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. I completed an Honours Psychology BA at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. For my honours thesis, I examined reasons why women engage in casual sex. I completed my Master of Science at the University of Guelph where I was working with Dr Ed Herold and Dr Serge Desmarais on a project to identify the main constructs that identify highly sexual women from less sexual women. My master’s thesis on highly sexual women was published last year.Click here for a link to the paper.
As part of my doctoral research at the University of Ottawa, I am conducting research on the different terms that are used to describe various casual sex relationships and how these relationships differ from each other. For example, how is a Friend with Benefit negotiated? What is a Booty Call? How do you arrange a hook-up with a Friend with Benefit or a Booty Call? Do you ever contact your One Night Stand again?
I am also collaborating with colleagues from the University of Guelph where we are examining the current dating script and how technology is changing the way we meet and connect with potential dating partners. Some of the questions we are interested include: Is it okay to Google someone before a first date? Is it okay to ask someone out via text?
This past year I published a qualitative paper with a colleague from the University of Guelph. As part of a larger project on women who have had erotic photographs taken of themselves, we interviewed photographers who participate in erotic/boudoir photography as part of their photography business.Click here for a link to the paper.
I enjoy being part of the Ottawa community. I sit on the Board of Directors for Planned Parenthood Ottawa and work with the University of Ottawa’s Sexual Health team of Health Promotion peer educators.
I have been a teaching assistant for Human Sexual Behaviour (PSYC 3122), Evolutionary Psychology (PSYC 4174), Interpersonal Relationships (PSY 3102), Psychology of Women (PSYC 3121), Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSYC 3126) at the University of Ottawa.
I am a member of the following organizations: Canadian Sex Research Forum (www.csrf.ca), Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN;www.sieccan.org) and the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (www.sexscience.org).
For more information, see www.sexresearchandthecity.com