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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 […]

A warm welcome to our awesome new lab members who have recently joined us as work learn students or volunteers. Welcome Tianqi, Lior, Ellen, Stephanie, and Natasha! Learn more about our new members here. We are so excited to have you join our team!  

Congratulations to our honours student Lara Radovic on her recent A+ honours thesis! Lara has secured two fantastic research positions for the summer. The first is a summer studentship at the BC Children’s Hospital Provincial Eating Disorders program. The second is as a research assistant in the Perinatal Anxiety Research Lab! Go Lara!

Huge congratulations to Dr. Samantha Dawson who received a NSERC Discovery Grant with an Early Career Supplement and Discovery Launch Supplement! This funding will be used for cutting edge sexuality science examining attentional mechanisms underlying gendered sexual response over the next 5 years.

Lab manager, Leor Elizur, spoke on a podcast! SWell Lab Manager, Leor Elizur, was recently featured on a UBC Equity and Diversity Podcast, Love in Public, to talk about her UBC journal club Intersectional Perspectives in Psychology which focuses on intersectional research in the field of psychology and the importance of incorporating social justice into research. To learn more about the journal club, […]

Congratulations to Dr. Dawson! Dr. Dawson was recently awarded a SSHRC Explore Grant to conduct a study examining factors associated with couples’ daily well-being in pregnancy. She was also awarded an Arts Undergraduate Research Award to support the social media knowledge translation initiative—MisconSEXions.

Congrats to Greta Jang who recently received a Quinn Undergraduate Research Assistantship Award!!! This competitive award will support Greta as she works on a number of different projects in the lab. We are thrilled that we get to continue to have Greta as a valued member of the SWell team this summer.

Congratulations to Leor Elizur! The SWell Lab Manager, Leor Elizur, will be starting an MA in Counselling Psychology at UBC in the fall of 2021. Congrats, Leor!

SWell Lab Director—Dr. Dawson—recently chatted with Gloria Macarenko about sex and relationships during COVID on CBC Vancouver Radio. Check it out here: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-46-on-the-coast/clip/15824347-lovelines-sex-covid-19

Congratulations to Priyam Joshi! We are excited to announce that SWell Lab Research Assistant—Priyam Joshi—has accepted a position in the dual degree (Master of Public Health in Health Promotion and Behaviour and a PhD in Community Psychology) program at Georgia State University to start in the fall of 2021. We will be sad to see her go, but are […]

New Research: Ever wonder if people have certain sexual interests and never act on them or even participate in certain sexual activities even when they aren’t interested in them? Dr. Dawson and her colleagues at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and Queen’s University recently published a study to answer this question. Seto, M. C., Curry, S., Dawson, S. J., Bradford, J., & Chivers, M. L. (in press). Concordance of Paraphilic Interests and Behaviors. Journal of Sex Research. In this study, we sampled 1036 men and women and asked them about their sexual interest in 13 different paraphilias (e.g., sadism, masochism, pedophilia), as well as whether or […]

New Research: Do postpartum depressive symptoms and postpartum sexual concerns influence one another? Dr. Dawson and her colleagues at Dalhousie University recently published a study to answer this question. Dawson, S. J., Strickland, N, & Rosen, N. O. (in press). Longitudinal Associations between Depressive Symptoms and Postpartum Sexual Concerns Among First-time Parent Couples. Journal of Sex Research. Many new parents experience novel concerns about their sexuality after they have a baby, including worries about the effects of labor and delivery on their sex lives, […]

New Funding Dr. Dawson receives a UBC Hampton Emerging Scholar Grant to fund an exciting new study that will examine how to bolster sexual well-being through a brief psychoeducational intervention.

First Lab Get-Together! The SWell Lab had our first social distanced get-together. Here is our amazing team!

New Research: Sexual well-being often changes over the course of romantic relationships and can differ between romantic partners, but are these changes unique to the transition to parenthood or do all couples experience these declines? Dr. Dawson and her colleagues at Dalhousie University and York University recently published a study to answer these questions. Schwenck, G. C., Dawson, S. J., Muise, A., & Rosen, N. O. (in press). A Comparison of the Sexual Well-Being of New Parents With Community Couples. The Journal of Sexual Medicine. In this paper we compared the sexual well-being—sexual frequency, sexual satisfaction, sexual desire, sexual distress—of first-time mothers and their partners (n = 99) to a […]

New Research: What do changes to couples’ sexual well-being look like during the transition to parenthood? And does this look the same for everyone? Dr. Dawson and her colleagues at Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto recently published a study to answer these questions. Rosen, N. O.,* Dawson, S. J.,* Leonhardt, N. D., Vannier, S. A., & Impett, E. A. (in press). Trajectories of sexual well-being among couples in the transition to parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology. * denotes shared first-authorship. In this paper, we sampled 203 first-time parent couples and sought to establish unique classes of trajectories at the […]

A warm welcome to SWell Lab’s first graduate student, Sonia Milani! The SWell Lab is very excited to welcome our very first graduate student, Sonia Milani, to the lab! Also HUGE congratulations to Sonia for being awarded a prestigious and highly competitive Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, a UBC Graduate Entrance Scholarship, and a tuition award for her MA. Read […]

Dr. Samantha Dawson is ready to tackle important sexual health questions and make an impact After a cross country academic journey, Dr. Samantha Dawson joins UBC Psychology as assistant professor in the clinical area. Dr. Dawson’s research focuses on informing better sexual health education and developing interventions for individuals and couples. As the field of sexuality research is still growing, she is interested in exploring this topic further and making an impact. […]