UBC Sexual Health Research Lab

UBC Sexual Health Research focuses on clinical and behavioural research in women’s sexual health, including sexual difficulties, discrepancies, and distress. Our research aims to develop and test psychological interventions for the management of genital pain and low sexual desire causing significant personal distress.

We also examine different aspects of sexual orientation, including asexuality. Dr. Lori Brotto and colleagues have published landmark studies differentiating asexuality from sexual dysfunction. This and our current line of research are aimed at exploring the neural and biological correlates of asexuality as a unique sexual orientation.

Sexuality is an integral aspect of well-being and strongly influences relationship happiness. However, too often individual, relational, environmental, political, cultural, and medical factors get in the way of healthy sexuality. Our driving goal is to identify and mitigate these forces so as to cultivate each woman’s own human sexual potential.

SWell Lab

The Sexuality and Well-being lab (SWell Lab) is a research laboratory in the Psychology Department at the University of British Columbia. We are a group of psychological scientists who conduct multi-method research to identify risk and protective factors contributing to individuals’ and couples’ sexual health and well-being.

Dr. Sarah B Munro

Dr. Munro’s program of research focuses on investigating the factors that influence implementation of evidence-based innovations in women’s health care. She leads integrated knowledge translation studies on implementation of shared decision-making tools for use in the childbearing year and best practices in family planning. Dr. Munro also develops and tests tools that support effective patient-oriented knowledge translation, including decision aids and short documentaries.

Queen’s SexLab

SexLab is devoted to sexual health research, with the goal of contributing scientific knowledge to further our understanding of sexual health. We are an inclusive, collaborative, and sex positive group with a keen interest in clinical practice and knowledge translation.

We work with patient partners and gender/sex minority consultants to ensure relevance of our research questions and inclusiveness of language used in our studies.

Lab members also represent a variety of minority and underrepresented identities and statuses, and we contribute to each research study. Representation is essential since the majority of psychological research is dominated by sexual and gender/sex (and other) majorities.