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Warm welcome to Simone and welcome back to Lara!

The SWell Lab is excited to have a new honours student join the lab this year—Simone Goldberg—and to welcome back Lara Radovic who is back in the lab to do her 4th year honours thesis! Learn more about Simone here and Lara here.

MASSIVE Congratulations to Dr. Samantha Dawson who was recognized as one of 32 exceptional BC-based health researchers as 2021 Scholar award recipients!

This award will protect Dr. Dawson’s research time for the next five years. Read about the work this award is supporting here.

The SWell Lab is thrilled to have Yana Svatko join the team!

Our lab is growing and thrilled to welcome Yana Svatko to the team. Yana is a UBC graduate who has been researching various aspects of human sexuality since 2017. Welcome Yana! Learn more about our newest team member here!

A warm welcome to two new graduate students in the SWell Lab—Erin and Marta!

The SWell Lab is very excited to welcome two new graduate students to the lab all the way from Halifax and Ottawa! Also, HUGE congratulations to both Erin and Marta for being awarded prestigious and highly competitive Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships. Read more about Erin here and Marta […]

Amazing presentations by Anthony, Kiarah, and Sonia at the WHRI Sexual Health Day Research Conference!

In honour of World Sexual Health Day, three of our amazing lab members—Anthony, Kiarah, and Sonia— presented some of our latest sexuality science as part of the WHRI Sexual Health Day Research conference. For full details see here. Check out the talks here!

Celebration time for Sonia Milani! Sonia received the 2021 Student Research Development Award from the International Academy of Sex Research!

This SRDA ($1000 USD) will be used for a validation study of a new online alternative to eye-tracking called MouseView. Congrats Sonia!

Our VERY FIRST Swell Lab publication is out, led by our VERY FIRST graduate student Sonia Milani! 

In this invited review, we summarized the current science examining links between attentional processing of sexual stimuli and sexual function in women. The literature suggests that women with and without sexual dysfunction are similar, in that both groups tend to look more at sexual images compared to non-sexual images. Interestingly, women with and without sexual […]

Congratulations to undergraduate student Anthony Yuen who was recently awarded a competitive Summer Student Research Program Award from UBC Faculty of Medicine.

Anthony will be working with Dr. David Moore on the following project: “Attitudes of gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBM) towards methamphetamine use and relation to reducing methamphetamine use in three Canadian cities”.

BIG BIG BIG CONGRATULATIONS to graduate student, Sonia Milani, who recently received the prestigious MAP Education & Research Foundation’s Sexual Tipping Point Award.

This award was presented at the recent Society for Sex Therapy and Research conference in recognition of Sonia’s excellent talk entitled “It’s better to focus on the positive: Links between attention to sexual cues during sex and sexual desire among expectant parents”. The award recognizes cutting-edge research that is most consistent with the Foundation’s Biomedical-Psychosocial […]

New Research: How does common dyadic coping—how couples jointly cope with a shared stressor like a baby—relate to how new parent couples manage worries and concerns about their sexuality postpartum? Dr. Dawson and her colleagues at Dalhousie University recently published a study to answer this question.

Tutelman, P. R., Dawson, S. J., Schwenck, G. C., & Rosen, N. O. (in press). A Longitudinal Examination of Common Dyadic Coping and Sexual Distress in New Parent Couples during the Transition to Parenthood. Family Process.   New parents often experience significant changes to their sexual relationships following the birth of a baby, such as having […]