University of Guelph

Guelph, ON, Canada

Saturday - June 24, 2017





Location of Symposium

University of Guelph - Rozanski Hall

98 Trent Lane; Guelph, ON, Canada




Advancing Methodologies in Sexual Science




Join SSSS for a one-day methodology-focused symposium, where we will hear from four exciting scholars, who are leading the field with different cutting-edge sexuality science methods. All four presentations will describe how attendees, new to these methods, can begin integrating them into their own research programs, including helpful resources for further learning.







Strategies for Incorporating Sex and Gender Diversity in Sampling, Measures, and Analysis


Dr. Greta Bauer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. She came to Western in 2005, after completing her PhD at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Bauer’s research interests are in sexually transmitted infections, health care access, the broader health of sexual and gender minority communities, and in quantitative research methodology for studying communities that experience marginalization. With her community and academic colleagues, Dr. Bauer designed and implemented the first large survey of trans health conducted in Canada: the Trans PULSE Project. She currently leads a team studying medical, family and social outcomes for trans youth undergoing gender-affirming medical care. As part of her ongoing research to incorporate intersectionality and multidimensionality frameworks into population health research methodology, she is addressing issues in survey measurement of sex/gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and discrimination.

Greta Bauer, PhD, MPH





Use of Sexual Psycho-physiological Measures


Tuuli Kukkonen, PhD, CPsych, is an Assistant Professor of Human Sexuality and Director of the Psychophysiology of Sexual Health (POSH) Lab at the University of Guelph, and an associate member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University.  Her research focuses on using remote technologies to measure physiological sexual response. Specifically, she is interested in examining how sexual response changes across the adult lifespan and how various psychosocial variables interact with physiological indicators of sexual arousal as individuals age.  Her early research on thermography as a measure of sexual arousal has earned her numerous international and national awards including a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation to build the POSH laboratory at the University of Guelph. Dr. Kukkonen has served as a committee member for the 4th International Consultation on Sexual Medicine, as well as on the editorial board for the Journal of Sexual Medicine.  She is currently on the editorial board for the Archives of Sexual Behavior and the scientific program co-chair for the Society for Sex Therapy and Research 2018 annual conference. In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Kukkonen is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice with a focus on sex and couples therapy.

Tuuli Kukkonen, PhD, CPsych





Storying Change: The Impacts of Indigenous Youth Sharing HIV Prevention Digital Stories  


Dr. Sarah Flicker is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.  She is engaged in an exciting and innovative program of research that focuses on youth HIV prevention and support, as well as, environmental, sexual and reproductive justice. More broadly, she is interested in community-based participatory methodologies and is active on a variety of research teams that focus on adolescent sexual health with youth in Canada and South Africa. Recently, she has published in the areas of Indigenous youth health, health promotion, ethics, the social determinants of health, decolonizing methodologies and community-based participatory research methods. Her research has informed policy at the municipal, provincial and federal levels.  Sarah and her teams have won a number of prestigious awards for youth engagement in health research.

Sarah Flicker, PhD, MPH





It Takes (at least) Two: Dyadic and Longitudinal Methods in Sex Research


Amy Muise is an Assistant Professor at York University. Before starting this position, she completed her PhD at the University of Guelph followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto. Dr. Muise’s research focuses on understanding how couples can maintain happier relationships and have more fulfilling sex lives over time. She applies social psychological theories of close relationships and uses dyadic and longitudinal research methods and analyses (i.e., daily experience studies, multi-level modeling) to understand when and for whom sex is associated with benefits and when it might detract from the quality of relationships. Dr. Muise is interested in understanding how sexual processes unfold to impact relationship well-being in the context of couples’ daily lives as well as over the course of time as relationships grow and develop. 

Amy Muise, PhD



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