Sexual Health
Laboratory

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D

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

Director

Sophie 2022c 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

Mylène 2022.2c Mylène Desrosiers, M.A
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Mylène Desrosiers is 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 bigras 2022.2 cNoémie 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 dyadic associations between emotional regulation, communication and sexual well-being in couples from the community and couples dealing with loss of sexual desire through multi-method research designs. 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. She also has a clinical practice as a psychologist in which she meets individuals and couples with relationship and sexual difficulties.

Beata Bothe 2022c Beáta Bőthe, Ph.D.

Beáta is a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal (Canada) and at the Psychology Department at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (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). She focuses on addictions, compulsive sexual behaviors, and problematic and non-problematic pornography use. The overarching aims of her research program are to use state-of-the-art methods to (1) develop well-validated, theory-based assessment tools, (2) identify who may develop compulsive sexual behaviors and why, (3) examine the context (e.g., motivations) that may differentiate between sexual behaviors' positive and negative outcomes, and (4) develop and evaluate innovative, early intervention strategies to reduce compulsive sexual behaviors. She has published more than 70 international research papers in top-tier scientific journals and 13 book chapters. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Behavioral Addictions and a member of the editorial boards of other top-tier journals (e.g., Journal of Sex Research, Archives of Sexual Behavior). Among others, she was the recipient of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research's (SSTAR) Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award (2020), the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health's (SASH) Research Award (2021), and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council's (SSHRC) Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2022).

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.

 

Alice Girouard 2022cAlice 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.

Catherine Hamel 2022cCatherine Hamel

Catherine holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and is a Ph.D. student in clinical psychology at the University of Montreal since September 2022, under the supervision of Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D. Her research interests focus on couple psychology, more specifically in sexual well-being and sexual dysfunctions. She is also interested in adverse childhood experiences such as maltreatment. Catherine is the recipient of a scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for 2022-2023.

 

 

Silke JP 2022.2 cSilke 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.

 

 

Maude MP 2022cMaude 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 Michèle P 2022.2 cMarie-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 PL 2022cDelphine 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 Beauvilliers 2022cLaurie 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 BFL 2022cMaria Belen Field Lira

Maria is a 3rd 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.

 

 

 

Anaika c 2022Anaïka François

Anaïka is an undergraduate student in psychology at the University of Montreal and is undertaking her Honor thesis under the supervision of Dr Sophie Bergeron starting fall 2022. Aspiring to a doctorate degree in research and intervention in clinical psychology, her main research interests revolve around issues related to sexuality within romantic relationships such as sexual diversity and gender identity under an intersectional paradigm.

 

 

Émilie GaudetÉmilie Gaudet

Émilie holds a bachelor’s degree in cinema from Université du Québec à Montréal (2005) and is currently in her final year of undergraduate studies in psychology at University of Montréal. In the fall of 2022, she is taking part in a Laboratory 3 class supervised by Béata Bothe, Ph.D., within the Sexual Health Laboratory of Dre Bergeron. Émilie has long been passionate about human emotions, motivations and behaviours. Her research interests focus on the psychology of pain and sexual dysfunctions. She hopes to start her PhD in clinical psychology in 2023. With Presaj, she is studying associations between motivations and sexual well-being within the framework of problematic and non-problematic pornography use.

 

Charlotte Helie 2022cCharlotte Hélie

Charlotte is a 2nd year undergraduate in psychology at Université de Montréal. She has been a research assistant at the Sexual Health Laboratory since May 2022. She takes interests in interpersonal relationships, sexual dysfunctions and positive psychology.

 

 

 

 

Jessica HR 2022cJessica Herrera-Roberge

Jessica (she/her) holds a bachelor's degree in communication sciences from the Université de Montréal (2018) and a master's degree in project management from the Université du Québec à Montréal (2020). She is currently a 3rd-year undergraduate student in psychology at the Université de Montréal and she is enrolled in the Honours program, under the supervision of Dr. Bergeron. Jessica has been part of the Sexual Health Laboratory since May 2022 as a research assistant. She is keenly interested in attachment insecurities, traumatic experiences within interpersonal relationships and sexual well-being. In 2023, she wishes to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology (Research and Intervention).

 

Aurelie 2022Aurélie Michaud

Aurélie is pursuing a major in psychology and she has been a research assistant at the Sexual Health Laboratory since May 2022. She completed a bachelor's degree in business administration (2017) and a master's degree in business intelligence (2018) at HEC Montreal prior to studying psychology. She holds an expertise in statistics and data analysis, which she currently puts to good use with her involvement in the International Sex Study research project. Her research interests include couple dynamics, adult and adolescent mental health and body image.

 

Lydia Pedneault 2022cLydia Pedneault

Lydia is a third year undergraduate student in Psychology at Université de Montréal. She has been a part of the Sexual Health Laboratory as a research assistant since fall 2021. Her research interests include conjugal relationships, sexual communication and sexuality amongst couples.

 

 

 

Nevena c 2022Nevena Popova

Nevena is a 2nd year undergraduate in psychology at Université de Montréal. She has been a part of the Sexual Health Laboratory as a research assistant since fall 2022. Her research interests include conjugal relationships, sexuality and post-traumatic stress. Her goal is to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology (Research and Intervention).

 

 

 

Mathilde Renaud 2022cMathilde Renaud

Mathilde (she/her) is a third-year bachelor's student in psychology at the University of Montreal and she aspires to enter the Ph. D in research and clinical psychology next year. She was welcomed into the laboratory at the beginning of summer 2022 as a recipient of the SCOUP diversity grant and her tasks as a research assistant focuses on several projects concerning the study of the couple and the study of observational methods. She is a student athlete on Canada's Flag Football team, and she is very passionate about sexual and gender diversity issues. Her research interests include marital relationships, personality, and sexual well-being. 

Arianne RoyArianne Roy

Arianne is a 3rd 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.

 

 

 

Andreane Simard 2022Andréanne Simard

Andréanne is a 3rd 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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