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

Elke.Reissing@uOttawa.ca

Selected Publications

Publications

Wentland, J.J. & Reissing, E.D. (submitted). Casual sexual relationships: Consensus definitions for one night stands, booty calls, f*ck buddies, and friends with benefits. Journal of Sex Research.

Armstrong, H.L. & Reissing, E.D. (submitted). Attitudes toward casual sex, dating, and committed relationships with bisexual, opposite-sex partners. Journal of Bisexuality.

Armstrong, H.L. & Reissing, E.D. (in press). Women who have sex with women: A comprehensive review of the literature and conceptual model of sexual function. Sex and Relationship Therapy.

Reissing, E.D., & Pukall, C.F. (in press). Sexuality research in Canada: Diversity in action. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences.

Cherner, R.A. & Reissing, E.D. (2013). A comparative study of sexual function, behavior, and cognitions of women with lifelong vaginismus. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-013-0111-3

Reissing, E.D., Armstrong, H.L., & Allen C. (2013). Pelvic floor physical therapy for women with lifelong vaginismus: A retrospective chart review and interview study. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 39, 306-320. DOI: 10.1080/0092623X.2012.697535

Cherner, R.A. & Reissing, E.D. (2013). A psychophysiological investigation of sexual response in women with lifelong vaginismus. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 10, . DOI: 10.1111/jsm.12102

Reissing, E.D. (2012). Consultation and treatment history and causal attributions in an online sample of women with lifelong and acquired vaginismus. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 9, 251-258. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2011.02534.x

Reissing, E.D., Andruff, H.L., & Wentland, J.J. (2012). Looking back: The experience of first sexual intercourse and current sexual adjustment in young heterosexual adults. Journal of Sex Research, 49, 27-35. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2010.538951

Wentland, J.J. & Reissing, E.D. (2011). Taking casual sex not too casually: Arriving at consensus definitions for different types of casual sexual relationships. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 20, 75-91.

MacIntosh, H., Reissing, E.D., & Andruff, H. (2010). Same-sex marriage in Canada: The impact of legal marriage on the first cohort of gay and lesbian Canadians to wed. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 19, 79-90.

Reissing, E.D., & Di Giulio, G. (2010). Practicing clinical psychologists' provision of sexual health care. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 41, 57-63. DOI:  10.1037/a0017023

Lee, C.M., Reissing, E.D., & Dobson, D. (2009). Work and personal life for early career Canadian psychologist in professional programs. Canadian Psychology. 50, 74-82. DOI: 10.1037/a0013871

Huber, J.D., Pukall, C.F., Boyer, S.C., Reissing, E.D., & Chamberlain, S.M. (2009). “Just relax”: Physicians’ experiences with women who are difficult or impossible to examine gynecologically. Journal of Sexual Medicine. 6, 791-799. DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2008.01139.x

Pukall, C. F., & Reissing, E.D. (2007). The demise of sexological science is not imminent in the face of sexual medicine: Commentary on ‘Will medical solutions to sexual problems make sexological care and science obsolete? Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 33, 455-459. DOI:  10.1080/00926230701480398

Davis, H.J., & Reissing, E.D. (2007). Relationship adjustment and dyadic interaction in couples with sexual pain disorders: A critical review of the literature. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 2, 245-254. DOI: 10.1080/14681990601026601

Di Giulio, G., & Reissing, E.D. (2006). Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: Prevalence, diagnostic considerations and controversies. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology, 27, 201-210. DOI: 10.1080/01674820600747269

Reissing, E.D., Laliberté, G.M., & Davis, H.J. (2005). Young women’s sexual adjustment: The role of sexual self schema, sexual self-efficacy, sexual aversion and body image. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 14, 79-87.

Reissing, E.D., Brown, C., Lord, M.J., Binik, Y.M., & Khalifé, S. (2005) Pelvic floor function in women with vulvar vestibulitis syndrome. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology. 26, 107-113. DOI: 10.1080/01443610400023106

Payne, K., Reissing, E.D., Lahaie, M.A., Binik, Y.M, Amsel, R., & Khalifé, S. (2005). What is sexual pain? A critique of DSM’s classification of dyspareunia and vaginismus. Journal of Psychology and Human Sexuality, 17, 141-154. DOI: 10.1300/J056v17n03_10

Gill, M., Flynn, R.J., & Reissing, E.D. (2005) The Governance Self-Assessment Checklist: An instrument for assessing board effectiveness. Nonprofit Management and Leadership, 15, 271-294. DOI: 10.1002/nml.69

Farrell, S.J., Reissing, E.D., Evans, S., & Taylor, J. (2004). Using community collaboration to develop the first successful needs assessment of the street homeless population in Canada. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 18, 197-198. DOI: 10.1080/13561820410001686945

Reissing, E.D., Binik, Y.M., Khalifé, S., Cohen, D., & Amsel, R. (2004). Vaginal spasm, behaviour and pain: An empirical investigation of the diagnosis of vaginismus. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 33, 5-17. DOI: 10.1023/B:ASEB.0000007458.32852.c8

Farrell, S.J., & Reissing, E.D. (2004) Picking up the challenge: Developing a methodology for enumerating the treet homeless population. Evaluation Review, 28, 1-12. DOI: 10.1177/0193841X03261484

Reissing, E.D., Binik, Y.M., Khalifé, S., Cohen, D., & Amsel, R. (2003). Etiological correlates of vaginismus: Sexual and physical abuse, sexual knowledge, sexual self-schema, and relationship adjustment. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 29, 47-59. DOI: 10.1080/713847095

Binik, Y.M., Reissing, E.D., Pukall, C., Flory, N., Payne, K., & Khalifé, S. (2002). The sexual pain disorders: Genital pain or sexual dysfunction. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 31, 425-429. DOI: 10.1023/A:1019892125163

Binik, Y.M., Pukall, C.F., Reissing, E.D., & Khalifé, S. (2001). The sexual pain disorders: A de-sexualized approach. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 27, 113-116. DOI: 10.1080/00926230152051734

Reissing, E.D., Flory, N., & Binik, Y.M. (2000). Ueberlegungen zur Diagnose “Vaginismus” [Critical evaluation of the diagnostic concept of vaginismus]. Zeitschrift fuer Sexualforschung, 13, 181 – 276.

Pukall, C.F., Reissing, E.D., Binik, Y.M, Khalifé, S., & About, F. (2000). New clinical and research perspectives on the sexual pain disorders. Journal of Sex Education and Therapy, 25, 36–44.

Reissing, E.D., Binik, Y.M., & Khalifé, S. (1999). Does vaginismus exist?: A critical review of the literature. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 187, 261 – 274. DOI: 10.1097/00005053-199905000-00001

Book Chapters

Ter Kuile, M.M., & Reissing, E.D. (in press) Lifelong vaginismus. In Y.M. Binik & K. Hall (eds.), Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy. New York: Guilford.

Reissing, E. D., & Armstrong, H. L. (in press) Theoretical approaches to studying human sexuality. In C. F. Pukall (ed.), Human Sexuality. Toronto: Oxford UniversityPress.

Reissing, E. D., & Armstrong, H. L. (in press) Sexuality over the life span. In C. F. Pukall (ed.), Human Sexuality. Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Armstrong, H. L., & Reissing, E. D. (2013). Same-sex marriage in Canada. In A. C.Michalos (Ed.). Encyclopedia of quality of life research. Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

Reissing, E.D. (2009).Vaginismus. In: Goldstein, A.T, Pukall, C.F, & Goldstein, I. (eds). Female Sexual Pain Disorders: Evaluation and Management. Oxford, England: Blackwell Publishing, pp.229-234.

Recent Conference Presentations

Reissing, E.D. & Cherner, R.A. (May 2013). The brain, the body, and the pelvic floor: The psychophysiology of sexuality of women with lifelong vaginismus. Symposium given at the Congress of the International Society for Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, Berlin, Germany.

Cherner, R., & Reissing, E.D. (September, 2012). There is more to it than intercourse: The sexual difficulties of women with vaginismus. Paper presented at the39th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Wentland, J. J., & Reissing, E. D. (September, 2012). Friends with Benefits: Are they really all that casual? Symposium presentation presented at the 39th annual meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum. Ottawa, Ontario.

Bouaziz, A.-R., Reissing, E.D., & Bell, S. (September, 2012). Sexual and Intimacy needs in long-term care facilities for older adults: What we know and where to go from here? Paper presented at the39th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Bell, S., Reissing, E.D., Henry, L., A-R. Bouaziz, & Angela Wilson (September, 2012). Factors associated with sexual activity in older adults: Current knowledge and future directions. Poster presented at the39th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Armstrong, H.L., & Reissing, E.D. (September, 2012). Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Women's Motivations for Having Sex: A Preliminary Analysis. Poster presented at the39th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Ottawa, Ontario.

Wentland, J. J., & Reissing, E. D. (September, 2012). Friends with Benefits: Are they really all that casual? Symposium presentation presented at the 39th annual meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum. Ottawa, Ontario.

Rowsell, D., Wentland, J. J., & Reissing, E. D. (September, 2012). Knowledge is power – or is it?: The relationship between sexual health knowledge and casual sexual activity. Poster presented at the 39th annual meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum. Ottawa, Ontario.

Armstrong, H. L., & Reissing, E. D. (July, 2012). Women’s Motivations for Having Sex with Male and Female Partners: A Preliminary Analysis. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Academy for Sex Research. Lisbon, Portugal.

Male, D., Wentland, J. J., & Reissing, E. D. (July, 2012). Which came first: the friendship or the sex: Identification and exploration of the “F*ck Buddy” relationship. Symposium presentation presented at the International Association for Relationship Research. Chicago: Illinois.

Wentland, J. J., & Reissing, E. D. (July, 2012). Is casual sex really so casual? Validating definitions and scripts for casual sexual relationships. Symposium presentation presented at the International Association for Relationship Research. Chicago: Illinois.

Cherner, R., & Reissing, E.D. (March, 2012). Sexual function and behavior of women with lifelong vaginismus. Presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, Chicago, Illinois.

Armstrong, H. L., & Reissing, E. D. (March, 2012). Sexual functioning in lesbian and heterosexual women. Paper presented at the conference of Rainbow Health Ontario, Ottawa, Ontario.

Armstrong, H. L., & Reissing, E. D. (February, 2012). Chronic vulvo-vaginal pain in lesbian, bisexual and other sexual minority women. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health, Jerusalem, Israel.

Armstrong, H. & Reissing, E.D. (September, 2011). A proposed model of lesbian sexual functioning. Paper presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Vancouver, Canada.

Wentland, J.J. & Reissing, E.D. (September, 2011). Validating definitions of casual sexual relationships.  Poster presented at the 38th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Vancouver, Canada.

Reissing, E.D. & Andruff, H. (April, 2011). Physical therapy interventions for lifelong vaginismus. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research, Palm Beach, Florida.

Andruff, H., & Reissing, E.D. (November, 2010). Gender differences in attitudes towards bisexual partners. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Andruff, H.L., & Reissing, E.D. (October, 2010). Sexual minority women andvulvodynia. Paper presented at the Women’s Mental Health Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Cherner, R. & Reissing, E.D. (October, 2010). The sexual health of women with vaginismus. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, Canada.

Andruff, H.L. & Reissing, E.D. (October, 2010). Perceptions of bisexual sexual partners with regards to casual sex, dating, and relationships. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, Canada.

Wentland, J.J., & Reissing, E.D. (October, 2010). Mate selection: A review of short-term mating strategies. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, Canada.

Male, D., Wentland, J.J., & Reissing, E.D. (October, 2010). A Qualitative study of two casual sex relationships: “Friends with Benefits” and “F**k Buddies”. Paper presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, Canada.

Wentland, J.J., & Reissing, E.D. (November, 2009). Are you my booty call or friend with benefit? A qualitative analysis of casual sex relationships. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Reissing, E.D., Andruff, H.L., & Wentland, J.J. (September, 2009). Women who can’t experience intercourse: Consultation experience, treatment history and sexual abuse. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Halifax, Canada.

Andruff, H.L. & Reissing, E.D. (September, 2009). Vulvodynia in lesbian, bisexual and other sexual minority women. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Halifax, Canada.

Wentland, J.J., & Reissing, E.D. (September, 2009). Defining casual sex relationships. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Halifax, Canada.

Cherner, R. & Reissing, E.D. (October, 2008). The Psychophysiology of the sexuality of women with vaginismus: A research proposal. Paper presented at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Montreal, Canada.

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