Dr. Samantha Dawson is the Director of the Sexuality and Well-being (SWell) Lab and a clinical
psychologist. She joined the Department of Psychology in July 2020 after completing her PhD at
Queen’s University (2018) and a postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University (2020). She is
the current Treasurer of the leading national research organization dedicated to sexuality
research—the Canadian Sex Research Forum. She serves on the editorial boards for the
Archives of Sexual Behavior and the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. [CV]
Dr. Dawson’s multimethod research program focuses on identifying cognitive and affective
mechanisms contributing to sexual function in individuals and couples, with the goal of using
these mechanisms to develop targeted interventions for sexual dysfunction. Her research
program involves experimental laboratory-based research using various sexual
psychophysiological measures (e.g., eye tracking, genital plethysmography), as well as more
ecologically-valid daily experience and longitudinal methodologies.
In the Sexuality and Well-being (SWell) lab, we are currently conducting studies with a focus
on: (1) attentional mechanisms underlying arousal and desire; (2) the transition to parenthood
(i.e., pregnancy and postpartum); (3) online psychoeducational interventions for sexual well-
being. You can read more about current research studies here.
Our research is currently funded by operating grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health
Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.