Joint Area Talk on Sexual Wellbeing

Dr. Katrina Bouchard

Title: Couple-based approaches for treating women’s sexual difficulties


Sexual health is a fundamental aspect of overall quality of life and having a satisfying sexual relationship promotes overall health. Unfortunately, sexual problems are common and tend to impact the wellbeing of both members of a couple. Despite this, researchers rarely look at sexual problems from couple perspective. In this talk, Dr. Bouchard will share emerging research on empirically supported couple-based psychological interventions for sexual dysfunctions, including genito-pelvic pain and distressing low sexual desire. She will discuss future directions for managing sexual difficulties in the context of gynaecological conditions highlighting the role of psychology in interdisciplinary research and care.

About Dr. Bouchard:

Dr. Katrina Bouchard (she/her) is a Registered Psychologist and tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is the Research Director at the BC Centre for Vulvar Health and the Director of the Psychology, Health, and Sexuality (Phase) Lab at UBC (@thephaselab). The overarching goal of Dr. Bouchard’s research program is to enhance the assessment and treatment of sexual health concerns, with a focus on women and couples. Her research is currently supported by grants from Dalhousie University, the IWK Health Centre, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the University of British Columbia, and the Women’s Health Research Institute.

Dr. Samantha Dawson 

Title: Factors associated with sexual well-being and sexual pleasure among individuals and couples


In this talk, Dr. Dawson will share recent multi-method research on sexual well-being—sexual desire, sexual satisfaction, sexual frequency—with a specific focus on factors that bolster sexual well-being for both individuals and couples. She will also discuss an often overlooked aspect of sexual well-being—sexual pleasure—and will discuss upcoming work that seeks to bridge this gap.

About Dr. Dawson:

Dr. Samantha Dawson (she/her) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, and the Director of the Sexuality and Well-being (SWell) Lab. Her multi-method research program focuses on identifying cognitive and affective mechanisms contributing to sexual function and sexual well-being in individuals and couples, with the goal of using these mechanisms to develop targeted and gender-specific interventions for sexual dysfunction. Her research program involves experimental laboratory-based research using various sexual psychophysiological measures, such as eye tracking, genital plethysmography, as well as more ecologically-valid daily experience and longitudinal methodologies. Her research is currently funded by operating grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Women’s Health Research Institute, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, as well as the University of British Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @dawson_sj and @UBCSwell or read more about her and her incredible team.