In my primary area of research, I use social psychological theories of motivation to study how reasons for sex are associated with sexual and relational wellbeing. In a second line of scholarship, I employ several behavioural and sexual health models to examine psychosocial determinants of sexual health outcomes and behaviours. My third area of study focuses on the health and wellbeing of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD). The overarching goal of my research is to identify factors that enhance sexual, relational, and psychological health and wellbeing, particularly for individuals who face additional social and systemic barriers that may impede one’s ability to pursue a safe and pleasurable sexual and relational life.


In addition to my academic positions, I also work as Research Specialist with the Sex Information Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN).



Motivations and Relational Outcomes


University of Guelph

PhD, Applied Social Psychology

Sexual Health and Wellbeing

Consensually/Ethically Non-Monogamous Relationships

Developmental Disabilities and Health 


University of Guelph

MSc, Family Relations and Human Development


University of Guelph

BAH, Psychology

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