Sexual Health
Laboratory

Sophie Bergeron  Ph.D

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

Director

Sophie Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D.
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Dr. Bergeron is a Full Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal and holds the Canada Research Chair in Intimate Relationships and Sexual Well-being. She is also a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Intimate Relationship Problems and Sexual Abuse (CRIPCAS). Her research interests encompass an interdisciplinary perspective on the psychosocial and interpersonal aspects of women and men’s sexual health. Her work is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Soutien aux équipes de recherche program of the Fonds de recherche du Québec Société et Culture (FRQSC). Dr. Bergeron spear-headed the development of an empirically-validated Cognitive-Behavioral Pain and Sex Therapy for the treatment of women with vulvodynia, and is co-leading the current development and testing of an innovative Cognitive-Behavioral Couple Therapy for women with vulvodynia and their partners. Her research and clinical expertise includes the study and treatment of sexual health problems, sex and couple therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy and clinical supervision. She is an Associate Editor for the international journal Archives of Sexual Behavior, was an advisor to the DSM-5 committee on Sexual Disorders, and is President-Elect of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.

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), under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Bergeron. Her clinical areas of interest relate to the treatment of sexual dysfunctions experienced by individuals and couples, as well as the treatment of vulvovaginal pain problems.

Post-Doctoral Students

Beáta Bőthe 2 Beáta Bőthe, Ph.D.

Beáta is a post-doctoral fellow in Psychology at the Université de Montréal since May 2019 and is receiving financial support from Team SCOUP – Sexuality and Couples – Fonds de recherche du Québec, Société et Culture post-doctoral fellowship. In her work, she focuses on problematic and non-problematic pornography use and compulsive sexual behaviors and she is also interested in behavioral addictions and online activities. Beáta obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology at the Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary) supervised by Zsolt Demetrovics and Gábor Orosz. Her thesis examined the similarities and dissimilarities between hypersexuality and problematic pornography use. During her Ph.D., 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).

Doctoral Students

Myriam Bosisio Myriam Bosisio

Myriam is a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology and Intervention at the University of Montreal since September 2017. She is particularly interested in the impact of interpersonal factors on couple relationship and sexual well-being of couples from the general population. 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. 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 University of Montreal 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.

 

Laurence DM carré Laurence de Montigny Gauthier

Laurence is a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology (D.Psy) at the Université de Montréal since 2014. Her doctoral research project, which she defended in January 2017, was on the impact of childhood sexual aggression on the couple relationship in adulthood. The article issued from this research is published at the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. For 2018-2019, she is an intern at the “Clinique de consultation conjugale Poitras-Wright, Côté” and at the Family Medecine Clinique Notre-Dame. During her doctoral, she received three scholarships from CRIPCAS.

 

Alice GirouardAlice Girouard

Alice holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Laval University and is a PhD student in Clinical Psychology (R/I) at Université de Montréal since September 2018. Her research interests focus on the determinants of psychological and sexual health, as well as resilience. Alice received a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for 2018-2019 and she is the recipient of a grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture for 2019-2020. She also received a merit Scholarship from the Faculté des études supérieures et postdoctorales.

 

 

jean francois jodouin Jean-François Jodouin

Jean-François joined the lab in 2015. He is studying in Montréal University’s “Recherche et Intervention” doctoral program. His previous degrees include a PhD in Cognitive Science from the Université de Paris-Sud, and more recently, a BA in psychology from McGill University. Jean-François’ research focuses on sexual desire and motivation in couples. He is a Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Society and Culture (FRQ-SC) scholarship recipient.

 

MyriamPaquet2017a Myriam Pâquet

Myriam is a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology and Intervention at the Université de Montréal since 2014 (Ph.D. R/I). Her clinical and research interests focus on psychological and interpersonal factors affecting women's sexual health and well-being, with an emphasis on genito-pelvic pain. Using a daily diary approach, her doctorate research project attemps to examine the role of perceived injustice, shame and guilt among women with provoked vestibulodynia and their partners. She is a FRQS scholarship student.

 

Marie Michèle PaquetteMarie-Michèle Paquette

Marie-Michèle is a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology and Intervention at the University of Montreal since September 2019 (Ph.D. R/I). Her research interests focus on sexual behavior, sexting, sexual health and couple relationships. Marie-Michèle is a Fonds de Recherche du Québec- Society and Culture (FRQ-SC) scholarship recipient for 2019-2021.

 

 

 

MarieSanterre2 Marie Santerre-Baillargeon

Marie is a doctoral candidate in Research Psychology and Intervention at the Université de Montréal (Ph.D. R/I) since 2014. Her clinical and research interests are the role of psychological factors in women’s vulvar pain and the third wave of behavioral and cognitive therapies for chronic pain. Her doctoral research project is on potential mediators of therapeutic change in the randomized clinical trial underway. She is a FRQS scholarship student.

 

 

VISITING INTERNS

Jeanne MarieClaeysJeanne-Marie Claeys

Jeanne-Marie has been a resident in gynecology at the Toulouse III – Paul Sabatier University, France, since November 2015. As part of her training in gynecology, she quickly became interested by the sexual health of her patients. Following this, she started training in sexology at the beginning of her residency and graduated with a degree in sexology at Toulouse III University in 2018. Her thesis in sexology focused on the assessment of the sexual quality of life in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Jeanne-Marie is currently attending a 6-months internship, focused on sexual health, in various institutions within Montreal, including the sexual health laboratory. Joining the laboratory has given her the opportunity to discover the research in psycho-sexology, deepen her knowledge of the laboratory’s work, and participate in the meetings and training offered. In the field of sexual health, she is also interested by gender diversity and the support of trans and non-binary people. She graduated with a degree in gynecology of girls and teenagers at the Toulouse III University in 2017. Furthermore, she obtained her degree in healthcare for transgender people at the Bordeaux University in 2019.

Research assistants

MarianeAumaisMariane Aumais

Mariane is a 2nd year psychology bachelor at the University of Montreal. She has been a research assistant for the Laboratoire d'étude de la santé sexuelle since the summer of 2019. Mariane's clininal interests are varied, such as psychopathology, forensic psychology and traumas. She is also very interested in interpersonal relationships, particularily in romantic and sexual relationships, interests that she can explore through the Laboratoire d'étude de la santé sexuelle.

 

Maïna LerouxMaïna Leroux

Maïna is currently completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology within the Honors program at the University of Montreal. Since summer 2018, she participated to the advancement of the Sexual Health Laboratory’s projects as a research assistant. Her field of interests includes interpersonal relationships as well as protective factors contributing to the sexual well-being of sexual abuse survivors.

 

 

Sarafina MétellusSarafina Métellus

Sarafina is a third year psychology undergraduate student at the Université de Montréal. She is working towards an Honours degree under the direction of professor Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D. She has been working as a research assistant in Sexual Health Laboratory since May 2018. More broadly, Sarafina is interested in counseling. More specifically, her interest includes topics related to the developmental stages of childhood and adolescence. As well, she has an interest in intervention methods which further the well-being of youths dealing with psychosocial difficulties.

 

Belinda Mokri

Belinda is currently a second year Psychology Bachelor student at the University of Montreal. She joined the Sexual Health Laboratory in fall 2017. Her interests include marital problems, cognitive schemas and the impact of cognitive-behavioral therapy on the well-being of both couples and individuals.

 

ClemenceNoiseux2Clémence Noiseux

Clémence is currently a second-year undergraduate student in cognitive science at the University of Montreal. Since the fall of 2018, she has been working as a research assistant at the Sexual Health Laboratory. Her interests revolve around environmental factors preventing sexual assault, or helping in the recovery process. She is also interested in healthy developmental stages of children and teenagers.

 

 

BrendaRamosBrenda Ramos

Brenda is a third year student completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Université de Montréal. She is currently enrolled in an Honor program under the supervision of Dr. Sophie Bergeron. Brenda is also a research assistant for the Sexual Health Laboratory since summer 2019. Her interests in psychology are diverse. Among other things, she’s interested in interpersonal relationships, developmental changes that occur during adolescence, and human sexuality.

 

 

MandyVasquezMandy Vasquez

Mandy is currently completing her bachelor's degree in Psychology at the University of Montreal. She is pursuing her Honor program under Dre. Sophie Bergeron supervision. She joined the Sexual Health Laboratory, as a research assistant, in May 2019. Her areas of research interests include social psychology, sexual delinquency, spousal abuse, substance abuse, and juvenile prostitution.

 

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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