Contact Information

Human Sexuality Research Laboratory

University of Ottawa
136 Jean-Jacques Lussier
Vanier Hall
Room 3001
School of Psychology
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
K1N 6N5

Tel.: 613-562-5800
ext. 2220


Welcome to the Human Sexuality Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa!

Sexuality can be an enriching experience and is a major factor in the quality of life of most people. But - sexuality can also be fraught with anxiety, embarrassment, and concerns about performance. For some individuals, sexual problems become an important source of psychological distress and relationship problems. Sexuality is a universal human experience, but comparatively little rigorous research has been conducted in understanding sexuality and its problems. The Human Sexuality Research Laboratory is dedicated to the scientific study of developmental and cultural factors in sexuality and factors that contribute to the development and maintenance of sexual dysfunction.

Ongoing Surveys

From meeting to “sex” to whatever is next

We are investigating the differences between relationships that start online (e.g., Facebook, Tinder, Grindr) or offline (e.g., mutual friends). Complete our 20-minute survey for the chance to win $150CDN cash.

Motivations for Having Sex

Why do you have sex? Individuals 18 years of age or older are invited to participate in an anonymous internet study exploring the reasons why people have sex. Please visit to participate. For more information, call 613-562-5800 ext. 2220.

Motivation and Menopausal Symptoms

Attention please: an ongoing survey called "Peri and Postmenopausal Women's Experiences of Symptom Management, Satisfaction, Sexuality and Motivations" is now open to any peri or postmenopausal woman over 45 years old. There is no upper age limit or geographic restriction. This is an anonymous survey (no location or IP adresses are collected) that takes about 15 to 30 minutes to complete. If you are interested in helping our searchers, you can find the questionnaire associated to this study on the upper link by clicking on the survey's title.

The Experiences of Women 50+ in Intimate Relationships

Another study explores the experiences of women in intimate relationships. Women invited to participate need to be 50 years and older, in a long-term, intimate relationship, fluent in English, and live in Canada. The questionnaire is anonymous and confidential but if you wish, you can contact the reseatcher to win a draw for Tim Horton's Gift Cards.

Body Appreciation and Sexual Health in Women across the Lifespan

Lastly, we recently started a new research project on body image and sexual health in women across the lifespan. Our goal is to explore the relationship between the way women relate to their body and their sexuality. Are sexual satisfaction, function and distress related to how attractive we perceive ourselves to be or whether we appreciate our bodies? All women, aged 18 or older, heterosexual and currently in a relationship of a year or more are invited to participate! We are particularly interested in mature women's experiences. Please note that this anonymous survey takes 10 to 20 minutes and is available online.

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Last Updated: 11/14/2014