Sexual Health
Laboratory

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D

« Promoting the well-being and sexual health of individuals and couples ».

Director

Sophie2021 Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D.
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Dr. Bergeron is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal, where she holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Intimate Relationships and Sexual Well-being and leads the SCOUP Team – Sexuality and Couples. She is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Intimate Relationship Problems and Sexual Abuse (CRIPCAS). Her research examines the psychosocial risk and protective factors underlying individuals’ and couples’ sexual wellbeing, using dyadic daily diary, longitudinal and observational methods. Dr. Bergeron also developed empirically-validated group and couple cognitive-behavioral interventions for women with vulvodynia and their partners. Her work is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Fonds de recherche du Québec Société et Culture (FRQSC). She is an Associate Editor for the international journal Archives of Sexual Behavior and is Past-President of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR).

Research Coordinator

MyleneDesrosiers Mylène Desrosiers, M.A
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Mylène Desrosiers is a clinical sexologist and the research coordinator for the Sexual Health Laboratory. She has been with the lab since 2003. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Université Laval and a Masters of Arts in Sexology from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). 

 

Post-Doctoral Students

noémie bigrasNoémie Bigras, Ph.D.

Noémie Bigras is a postdoctoral fellow in Psychology at the Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Bergeron. She receives financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Her research focuses on child maltreatment and its longitudinal effects on emotion regulation, sexuality and couple relationships in adulthood. Noémie holds a Master's degree in Sexology (research and intervention) from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Ph.D in Psychology (Psy.D / Ph.D) from the same university, under the supervision of Dr. Natacha Godbout. During her Ph.D, she was a scholarship recipient from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture and from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Joseph-Armand Bombardier Fellowship). Noémie also has a clinical practice as a psychologist in which she meets individuals and couples with relationship and sexual difficulties.

Beáta Bőthe 2 Beáta Bőthe, Ph.D.

Beáta Bőthe is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Psychology at the University of Montréal (Canada), under the supervision of Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal) and Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel, Ph.D. (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières). In her work, she focuses on problematic and non-problematic pornography use and compulsive sexual behaviors. She is also interested in behavioral addictions and online activities. Her goal is to find practical solutions to research findings; she is currently working on a problematic pornography use reduction intervention program. She has published more than 60 international research papers in top-tier scientific journals and 13 book chapters. She held a scholarship in the New National Excellence Program of the Ministry of Human Capacities (2018-2019), and received the Sapere Aude Junior Award (2018), the Society for Sex Therapy and Research's (SSTAR) Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award (2020), the International Society of Sexual Medicine's (ISSM) Award of the Best Paper in Paraphilias in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (2020), and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health's (SASH) Research Award (2021). She is currently supported by the Merit Scholarship Program for Foreign Students (PBEEE) from the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur du Québec (MEES).

Doctoral Students

Myriam Bosisio Myriam Bosisio

Myriam is a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology and Intervention at the Université de Montréal since September 2017. She is particularly interested in the impact of interpersonal factors on couple relationship and sexual well-being of community couples. Myriam is a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarship recipient for 2017-2018 and a Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Society and Culture (FRQ-SC) scholarship recipient for 2018-2019 and 2020-2022. She also received a merit Scholarship from the Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales at Université de Montréal.

VéroniqueCL 2016 Véronique Charbonneau-Lefebvre

Véronique is a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology and Intervention at the Université de Montréal since September 2016. She is interested in better understanding the role of attachment in couples coping with chronic genito-pelvic pain and its influence on couple’s sex therapy outcome. Véronique was a Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Society and Culture (FRQ-SC) scholarship recipient for 2016-2018 and she is a Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQ-S) scholarship recipient for 2018-2021.

 

AliceGirouard2021Alice Girouard

Alice holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the Université Laval and is a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology and Intervention at the Université de Montréal since September 2018. Her research interests focus mainly on experiences of adversity during childhood, sexual well-being, as well as sexual orientation and gender diversity. Alice received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for 2018-2019 and a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture for 2019-2020. She is currently the recipient of a doctoral scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Society and Culture for 2020-2024.

SilkeJPSilke Jacmin-Park

Silke is a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology (R/I) at Université de Montreal since September 2021. Her research interests include attachment and stress reactivity in heterosexual and sexual/gender minority couples. Silke is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research scholarship recipient for 2021-2022 and a Fonds de recherche du Québec - Santé scholarship recipient for 2022-2023.

 

 

MaudeMPMaude Massé-Pfister

Maude is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology (D.Psy) at Université de Montreal since September 2021, under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Bergeron. Before engaging in her study of psychology, Maude completed a Bachelor of Social Work in April 2019 from the same university. She began her involvement as a research assistant in Dr. Sophie Bergeron's Sexual Health Laboratory in the fall of 2019. Her research interests include sexual desire, sexual and relationship satisfaction, and body image.

 

Marie MicheleP2021Marie-Michèle Paquette

Marie-Michèle is a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology and Intervention at the Université de Montréal since September 2019 (Ph.D. R/I). Her research interests focus on sexual subjectivity, sexual behaviors, sexting and sexual well-being. Marie-Michèle was a Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Society and Culture (FRQ-SC) scholarship recipient for 2019-2021 and 2022-2025. She also received a merit Scholarship from the Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales at Université de Montréal.

 

 

Delphine PerrierLeonardDelphine Perrier Léonard

Delphine is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology (D.Psy) at Université de Montréal since September 2021, under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Bergeron. Before continuing her studies at the University of Montreal, Delphine completed a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Human Services at SUNY Potsdam University (NY). She began her involvement as research assistant in Dr. Sophie Bergeron's Sexual Health Laboratory in the fall of 2020. Her research interests include intimacy, emotion regulation and sexual satisfaction.

 

Research assistants

Laurie BeauvilliersLaurie Beauvilliers

Laurie is currently in her third year of undergraduate studies. She is enrolled in the Honours psychology program at the Université de Montréal. She has been a research assistant in the Sexual Health Laboratory since fall 2021. She aspires to pursue graduate studies in clinical psychology. Her research interests include communication, sexuality and violence within the couple.

 

 

 

Maria Belen Field LiraMaria Belen Field Lira

Maria is a 2nd year undergraduate student in psychology at the Université de Montréal. She has been a research assistant at the Sexual Health Laboratory since fall 2021. Her research interests include conjugal relationships, body image, as well as child abuse and their impacts on relationships and sexuality in adulthood.

 

 

 

Amélie BoucherAmélie Boucher

Amélie is a 3rd year undergraduate student in cognitive neuroscience in the Honor program at the Université de Montréal. She has been part of Dr. Sophie Bergeron's for the Sexual Health Laboratory as a research assistant since February 2021. She wishes to persue a PhD in clinical psychology. Her research interests include conjugal relationships, anxiety disorders and various issues related to sexuality.

 

 

 

MarianneEmondMarianne Emond

Marianne is a 2nd year psychology bachelor at the Université de Montréal. She has been part of the Sexual Health Laboratory since fall 2019 as a research assistant. Her research interests include conjugal relationships, conjugal violence and the sexuality of couples.

 

 

 

 

AnastasiaLucicAnastasia Lucic

Anastasia is a 3rd year undergraduate student in psychology at the Université de Montréal. She has been part of Dr. Sophie Bergeron's for the Sexual Health Laboratory as a research assistant since March 2021. Her research interests focus on child abuse and sexual assault and their impacts on sexuality in adulthood as well as body image.

 

 

 

Arianne RoyArianne Roy

Arianne is a 2nd year undergraduate student in psychology at the Université de Montréal. She has been a research assistant at the Sexual Health Laboratory since summer 2021. Her research interests include conjugal relationships and sexuality, intimacy and it’s impact on sexual satisfaction.

 

 

 

AndréanneSimardAndréanne Simard

Andréanne is a 2nd year undergraduate student in psychology at the Université de Montréal. She has been a research assistant at the Sexual Health Laboratory since winter 2020. She is passionate about research on sexuality and couple relationship.

 

 

 

 

Collaborators

Mary Lou Baxter, MD
Dermatologist, Dalhousie University
Dermatologist at the Capital District Health Authority (CDHA)

Yitzchak (Irv) M. Binik, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Department of Psychology, McGill University
Director of the Sex Therapy and Couple Therapy Clinic at the McGill University Health Centre (Royal Victoria Hospital)

Martin Blais, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sexology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Audrey Brassard, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Department of Psychology, Université de Sherbrooke

Lori Brotto, Ph.D.
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, University of British Columbia (UBC)
Director, University of British Columbia Sexual Health Laboratory

Marie-Ève Daspe, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal

Isabelle Delisle, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Dalhousie University
Gynecologist at Dalhousie University and the IWK Health Centre

Jacinthe Dion, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Health, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Paul Enzlin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven (KU Leuven)
Director, Sexology Education Program, University of Leuven
Director, Education Program in Methodology and Sexology Practices, University of Leuven

Natacha Godbout, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Sexology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Martine Hébert, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Department of Sexology, Université du Québec à Montréal

Emily Impett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Toronto

Erick Janssen, Ph.D.
Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leuven (KU Leuven)

Samir Khalifé, MD
Gynecologist at the McGill University Health Centre
Gynecologist at the Jewish General Hospital

Yvan Lussier, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Marie-Hélène Mayrand, MD, Ph.D.
Full Professor, Department of Obstetrics-Gynecology and Preventive and Social Medicine. Université de Montréal
Gynecologist at the Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (Hôpital St-Luc)
Director, VUVA Clinic, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (Hôpital St-Luc)
Director, Research and Investigation Unit in Colposcopy, Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (Hôpital St-Luc)

Lucia O’Sullivan, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick (UNB)
Director, Experimental Psychology program, University of New Brunswick (UNB)

Mélanie Morin, Physiotherapist, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor at the School of Rehabilitation, Université de Sherbrooke

Amy Muise, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, York University

Katherine Péloquin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal

Alessandra Rellini, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Vermont

Natalie Rosen, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology & Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dalhousie University

Marc Steben, MD
Medical Consultant at the ITSS Unit of the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (INSPQ)

Aleksandar Stulhofer, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Zagreb
Head, Sexology Unit, University of Zagreb

Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

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