The Sexual Health Laboratory is run by Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D. Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Intimate Relationships and Sexual Wellbeing.
Dr. Bergeron's research focuses on the psychosocial and interpersonal aspects of individuals’ and couples’ sexual health and wellbeing. An important part of her work focuses on the etiology and treatment of women’s genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder. This has led to the development of novel cognitive-behavioral group and couple therapies for women and their partners. Other ongoing research examines how relationship intimacy and childhood interpersonal trauma may act as protective and risk factors, respectively, for couples’ sexuality. A new avenue of research concerns adolescents’ trajectories of sexual health. Dr. Bergeron’s research is supported by operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and by a team grant from the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et Culture for Team SCOUP – Sexuality and Couples. We are part of the Interdisciplinary Research Center on Intimate Relationship Problems and Sexual Abuse (CRIPCAS).
The over-arching purpose of the work conducted by the Sexual Health Laboratory is to improve individuals’ and couples’ sexual health and wellbeing.