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University of Guelph

Guelph Sexuality Conference

ROZANSKI HALL  |  JUNE 18-19, 2020
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Dr. Kim Anderson

THURSDAY PLENARY: Decolonizing Sexual Health: Histories and Futurities
Thursday June 18, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 10:15AM
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Dr. Kim Anderson is an Indigenous (Metis) scholar and Associate Professor in the Department of Family Relations at the University of Guelph where she holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Relationships. Most of her research involves explorations of gender and Indigeneity and is grounded in community engaged scholarship. With Robert Innes, she has co-edited the anthology Indigenous Men and Masculinities: Legacies, Identities, Regeneration (University of Manitoba Press, 2015) and with Maria Campbell and Christi Belcourt she has co-edited the collection Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters (University of Alberta Press, 2018).

Amy Muise

Friday Plenary: Fanning the Flame: Maintaining Desire and Satisfaction in Romantic Relationships
Friday June 19, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
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Dr. Jennifer Blake

Sexual Health Symposium: Update on HPV: Eliminating Cervical Cancer in Canada - and Globally. What will it take?
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | A-1/B-1
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Dr. Jennifer Blake is Chief Executive Officer of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), which is a leading authority on women’s sexual and reproductive health representing thousands of specialists across the country. She is an experienced physician and respected leader who has facilitated major organizational change in both hospital and academic sectors.

Ann Burchell

Sexual Health Symposium: Update on HPV: HPV Epidemiology
June 18, 2020| 10:30 AM -12: 00 PM | A-1/B-1
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Jennifer Katz

Making Connections: Raising sexually informed tweens
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | A-2
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Jennifer Katz has been a community health nurse and sexual health promoter for 13 years. Promoting sexual health in the community with parents, caregivers, and daycare workers, leading discussions in schools with young students and preteens, working to create and revise Toronto Public Health's sexual health resources, and counselling in Sexual Health Clinics with teens and adults, Jennifer values the role that community plays in our sexual health. With a young child and a preteen at home, she also has personal experience with how community connections can impact young people.

Calista Naismith

Pelvic Floor Therapy and How it Relates to Sexual Health
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM | A-3
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Cali is a pelvic floor physiotherapist with a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. While in physiotherapy school she obtained her Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health as well as her Internal Pelvic Health Certification. Since graduating she has continued to pursue further education taking courses in sexual pain, pelvic health and pediatrics. She most recently obtained her acupuncture certification and started a PhD program in clinical sexology out of the states. Cali has additionally over the last year started to pursue education based on transgender health and how this relates to pelvic health and physiotherapy. Cali is passionate about pelvic health and sexual heath and educating others on the ways they intersect.

Twiter: @physi.cali

Deanna Djos

Empowering Sex Esteem for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | A-4
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Deanna Djos is a Sexual Health Promoter for the Relationship Group in Toronto. She has spent over a decade teaching about health relationships to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Like any health relationship, Deanna has made sure she remains educated and connected with her community by building collaborative partnerships with organizations within Toronto. Deanna delivers fun, action packed workshops that not only build confidence, but improve overall health and well-being. She has been supporting the developmental sector through trainings such as Consent, Domestic Human Trafficking, Strengthening Family Relationships, Transgender Education & Empowering Your Sex Esteem through Self-Love.

Instagram: @relationshipgroup

Michelle Anbar-Goldstein

Empowering Sex Esteem for Adults with Developmental Disabilities
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | A-4
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Michelle Anbar-Goldstein is a Social Worker at CAMH in the Forensic Dual Diagnosis Specialty Service. Michelle graduated with her MSW from U of T in 2014. Prior to working in Mental Health, she spent 12 years working in the Developmental Services Sector, in a variety of front-line, management, program-development, educational, and clinical roles. Michelle is passionate about working with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is dedicated to providing high-quality clinical services to this often underserved population.

Dr. Peggy Kleinplatz

Creating Magnificent Sex
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM | A-5
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Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Ph.D. is Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Director of Sex and Couples Therapy Training at the University of Ottawa. She is has edited four books, notably New Directions in Sex Therapy: Innovations and Alternatives, winner of the AASECT 2013 Book Award and Sexuality and Ageing (2015) with Walter Bouman, MD. In 2015, Kleinplatz received the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counsellors and Therapists' Professional Standard of Excellence Award. Her clinical work focuses on eroticism and transformation. Her current research focuses on optimal erotic intimacy, with a particular interest in sexual health in older people, disabled and marginalized populations. She is the author with A. Dana Menard, Ph.D. of Magnificent Sex: Lessons from Extraordinary Lovers.

Shulamit Sternin

Sexual Consent: Exploring the perceptions of heterosexual, gay, and bisexual men
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | A-6
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Shulamit received a Masters of Arts from the University of Ottawa in 2019. Her thesis work focused on the psychological impact of injuries on musicians. This past year she has returned to undergraduate studies and is working toward an Honours Bachelor in Psychology degree at the University of Ottawa with plans to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology. Through her research over the last year Shulamit has had the opportunity to work with different human sexuality researchers and is currently under the supervision of Elke Reissing. These experiences have propelled her into the field of human sexuality and she has been able to discover a newfound passion for this work. Shulamit plans to continue her work on sexuality into her PhD.

Jessica Edwards

Multi-method Assessment of Sexual Consent Practices in Research
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | A-6
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Jessica Edwards is a graduate student in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo. Supervised by Dr. Uzma Rehman, her research focuses on understanding barriers to sexual consent communication, including skill/knowledge deficits and perceived emotional threats. Through Dr. Rehman's lab, she has also been involved in research on avoidance of sexual communication in the domains of pornography and safer sex negotiations. Jessica's research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council as well as the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Twitter: @jedwardspsych

Merissa Prine

Sexual Authenticity and Sexual Consent
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | A-6
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Merissa Prine is a Western University graduate who is currently working on completing her Master's thesis at Trent University. Merissa is working together with Dr. Terry Humphreys to examine issues surrounding sexual consent and sexual communication.

Nicole Andrejek

Diverse Forms of Non-Consensual Sexual Encounter on Campus
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | A-6
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Nicole Andrejek is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University. Her research contributes to the sociology of sexualities, the sociology of gender, and sexual violence. Her main body of work investigates university hookup culture, dating apps and websites, and undergraduate women's experiences with non-consensual sexual encounters and negotiating sexual consent. She has also published research on the gender gap in orgasms. She is currently working on her first book, Dating in the Digital Age.

Kristina Laban

Sex-Positivity for Inclusive Sexuality Practice
June 18, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | A-7
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Kristina Laban, BA (they/them/theirs) is a queer and non-binary freelance Certified Sexual Health Educator through Options for Sexual Health BC. They work full-time developing and facilitating curriculum with teen girls at various Edmonton, AB schools. Part-time, they work in a domestic violence shelter, and are completing their Social Work Diploma with hopes to carry on with their education to receive a clinical Master of Social Work. Over the last six years, Kristina has taught sexuality workshops and trainings to children, youth, and adults with humour and empathy through an anti-oppressive, queer and trans-inclusive lens.

Instagram: @kristinaxlaban

Rachel Roy

Pee 4 Pizza: 'Hammer'ing out a collaboration
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-2
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Rachel Roy is a Health Promotion Specialist with the City of Hamilton Public Health Services and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University. She holds a Master’s degree in health promotion and population health and has worked in Public Health for 10 years. Rachel is the Editor-in-Chief of Youth Engagement in Health Promotion. Her primary area of research interest is population and public health with a focus on practical applications of health promotion strategies related to sexual health and program evaluation methodology.

Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: @mcmasterswc

Sabrina Ricci

Pee 4 Pizza: 'Hammer'ing out a collaboration
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-2
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Sabrina is a Public Health Nurse with Hamilton Public Health Services. She has worked in Public Health for 19 years. She has worked specifically in the area of sexual health clinical services and case management for the entirety of her career and is passionate about delivering inclusive care to all clients. Sabrina advocates for innovative approaches to sexual health promotion and service delivery and was the driving force behind the coordination of Hamilton's mass STI testing event in 2019.

William Prakash Fujarczuk

Pee 4 Pizza: 'Hammer'ing out a collaboration
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-2
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Wil is guided by critical pedagogy, intersectional feminism, and anti-oppression, and is an enthusiastic educator committed to facilitating transformative learning experiences for children, youth, and adults. Wil’s goal is to promote peace, equity, health, and wellness through education by creating safe, comfortable spaces for participants to critically reflect upon their attitudes, behaviours, and values. He does this through his work coordinating McMaster University's sexual violence prevention program with staff, faculty, and students through the Equity and Inclusion Office and previously as a Wellness Coordinator with the McMaster Student Wellness Centre.

Michael Kam

Mifegymiso: Examining barriers to access
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-3
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Owner and operator of onyx urgent care clinic and. Onyx options clinic. The options clinic is one of the main providers of medical abortions for southwestern Ontario and the first clinic to revolutionize the delivery of medical abortions by incorporating it within a walk in/urgent care clinic.

Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: Onyxurgentcare.com and Kwsexualhealth.com

Cait Desilets

Mifegymiso: Examining barriers to access
June 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM – 4:15 PM | RM 109
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Sofia Ashley

Sex and Intellectual Disability: Exploring the right to human connection and relationship
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-4
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Sofia Ashley is a sexual health educator and coach. She has served as the sexual health facilitator at Inclusion Yukon for over three years and is the creator of the My Life My Body program. A program dedicated to healthy relationship and sexuality education for the intellectual disability community. Through agency training, front line workshops, and online education programs the My Life My Body program aims to promote the need and importance of human connection and support individuals with intellectual disabilities to develop and maintain strong relationships of all kinds in their life. Sofia is a born and raised Yukoner, mom, step-mom, and autism mom. She holds a BA in Communications from Simon Fraser University and is a graduate of the Sexual Health Educator Certification Program

Sally Lindsay

Challenges and Strategies of Providing Sex and Gender-sensitive Care in Pediatric Rehabilitation
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-5
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Dr. Sally Lindsay is a Senior Scientist at Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto. Her PhD is in the Sociology of Work and Health. Her research focuses on the social inclusion and participation of youth disabilities. She has over 130 publications and 150 invited presentations and has received over $3.8 million in peer-reviewed research funding as a principal investigator from SSHRC, CIHR among others. She was recently elected into the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.

Yasmeen Persad

Community-based Research to Promote HIV Prevention, Treatment and Support Access for Transgender Women: Developing the "Transgender Education for Affirmative and Competent HIV and Healthcare (TEACHH)" workshop
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-5
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Yasmeen Persad is a Trans/Activist who has been providing education and training around LGBT related issues for over 10 years. Her experience includes working with trans youth, women living with HIV, women of colour, sex workers, newcomers, among many other diverse populations. Yasmeen has presented at many conferences across North America on various topics about access for trans people. She is currently a Research Coordinator at Women's College Hospital for the Trans Women HIV Research Initiative.

Ashley Lacombe-Duncan

Community-based Research to Promote HIV Prevention, Treatment and Support Access for Transgender Women: Developing the "Transgender Education for Affirmative and Competent HIV and Healthcare (TEACHH)" Workshop
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-5
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Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, PhD, MSW, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Social Work and a collaborator of the Trans Women HIV Research Initiative at Women's College Hospital. Her research focuses on understanding and addressing healthcare access barriers for people who experience intersecting oppressions, primarily LGBTQ+ people and LGBTQ+ people living with HIV.

Facebook: @transwomenhivresearch

Robbie Ahmed

Developing Trans-inclusive Sexual Health Resources
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-5
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Robbie is a trans artist, activist, and professional speaker. He was the spokesperson for Torontofor4All campaign for racialized trans youth, and is currently the Project Manager for the redevelopment of PRIM3D: a sexual health resource for trans masculine, trans men and non-binary individuals into men at the Gay Men's Sexual Health Alliance. His 9 years of community work includes running sexual health programs, resources, and campaigns for racialized youth at Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP) and sitting on the board of directors for an ethnocultural mental health organization in Toronto advocating for LGBTQ inclusive mental health services.

Twitter and Facebook: www.gmsh.ca

JDP

Robust Relationships: Unpacking fatphobia and sizeism for heartier connections
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-6
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JDP has been inspired by amazing fatties all around them since childhood. Their queer femme root is their amazing fat bubbie. To help build fat community they founded the Facebook group Fat, Awesome and Queer (FAQ) (please join us!). As a fat from birth they have lived through bullying, medical pathologizing of their size, 16 years of dieting, and literally being run over by a truck. Thankfully their fat saved them and now they want to share with everyone how awesome being fat is!

Sookie Bardwell

Robust Relationships: Unpacking fatphobia and sizeism for heartier connections
June 18, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | B-6
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An OCT certified secondary school teacher and graduate of Opt BC's Sex and Relational Health Educator program, in her work as an educator over the course of the past decade Sookie has gotten comfortable being large and in-charge(of a room). They hold undergraduate degrees in Studio Art, Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, English and Education, and a master's degree in Gender Studies and Feminist Research. She is also a co-founder of Challenge Accepted, Chub Love, and Body Buddies. Sookie and her fat body have been moving through the world together since she was a young child. After years of being told that that body is 'bad 'and 'wrong', they've been delighted to find community with queer, fat, femmes with whom they can celebrate the beauty of the bulge and work toward Body Liberation!

Instagram: @FarTooFat, Facebook: ChubLoveHeartsYou

Ramandip Grewal

HPV Vaccination Across a Cascade of Knowledge, Willingness and Uptake in Gay, Bisexual and Other Men Who Have Sex With Men
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM | C-1
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Ramandip Grewal is a PhD Candidate in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. She is a trainee at the MAP Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael's Hospital and with the Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN). Her thesis topic is on HPV vaccination among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men in Canada.

Dr. Ed Weiss

HPV and Anal Cancer: clinical update and practical tips
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM | C-1
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Dr. Ed Weiss is family physician who currently practices in Kingston, ON. He also provides anal cancer screening and treatment of pre-cancerous anal lesions at Toronto General Hospital's Anal Dysplasia clinic.

Marie Sano

HPV Patient Education
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM | C-1
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Britt Neron

Youth Leading the Way: Reflections on youth engagement in the context of sexual health campaigns
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-2
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Britt Neron (she/her and they/them) is responsible for overseeing Action Canada's 24-hour sexual health line and managing its team of skilled volunteers, developing information products and resources, and identifying engagement opportunities in the domestic context. In her role, she also works as a liaison with local, national, and grassroots organizations on campaigns including Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week and a multi-year campaign to increase STI testing among youth by identifying key barriers to testing at the behavioural and systemic levels. Brittany holds a degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Gender Studies from the University of Ottawa.

Makeda Zook

Youth Leading the Way: Reflections on youth engagement in the context of sexual health campaigns
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-2
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Stewart J Smith

God Help Us: Assisting therapists working with spirituality/religion and sexuality
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-3
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Since 2005, Stewart has worked as a therapist in community mental health, as well as private practice settings. Stewart's training includes a B.A. (Waterloo), B.S.W. (York), M.S.W. (Toronto), and a M.T.S. (Trinity College, Toronto). His interest in working holistically with service users includes considering ways people integrate spirituality/religion and sexuality. When spirituality/religion and sexuality is presented by a service user in a therapy, a number of ideas from professional ethics, best practices in the helping professions, and theology/religion, can inform best practice. In 2015 Stewart returned to school, continuing work as a therapist on a part time basis. His PhD research focuses on best practices for social workers engaged with spiritual/religious clients.

Sue B Browning

God Help Us: Assisting therapists working with spirituality/religion and sexuality
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-3
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Sue B. Browning is a Registered Psychotherapist with the Ontario College of Registered Psychotherapist. Sue is also a clinical fellow with the American and the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She did her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, her Master's degree at the University of Toronto and a post degree program in Couple and Family Therapy at the Interfaith Institute in Kitchener. Sue has extensive experience doing psychotherapy with couples, families, children and teens as well as individuals. She is trained in sex therapy, family system's theory, C.B.T., solution focused brief life coaching, and critical incident responses. Sue has lead numerous workshops on Mental Health Wellness in a variety of workplaces in the London region.

Natalya Mason

Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and innovative comprehensive sexuality education for people with developmental disabilities, and those who support them
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-4
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Natalya Mason is a registered social worker and sexual health educator. She is the Education Coordinator at Saskatoon Sexual Health. She completed a BA in Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, and a BSW at the University of Regina. She is currently completing an MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexualities Studies at the U of S. Her graduate research addresses social and emotional barriers to condom use for adolescent girls. She loves teaching, and has been fortunate enough to work in classrooms throughout the province. She is a lifelong member of the Girl Guides of Canada and is dedicated to social justice and reproductive rights for women and girls.

Twitter and Instagram: @yxesexualhealth or @coruchoose Twitter and Facebook: @inclusionsk

Kristyn White

Tell It Like It Is: Engaging and innovative comprehensive sexuality education for people with developmental disabilities, and those who support them
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-4
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Kristyn White is the Literacy Facilitator at Inclusion Regina and has been involved within the disability sector for eight years. She completed her Bachelor of Sport and Reaction Studies majoring in Therapeutic Recreation in 2016 from the University of Regina, and completed her field work practicum at Inclusion Regina. Kristyn began her MSc this fall, and would like to focus her graduate research on sexual health and education for those experiencing disability. Kristyn is passionate about empowering individuals experiencing disability, and encouraging people to make their own decisions regarding their bodies, their lives, and their own experiences.

Omoye Mary Akhagba

Research Brief: We Don't Talk About It: Cultural explanations of sexual health and sexually transmitted infections in the Nigerian home
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-5
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Omoye Mary Akhagba holds a doctorate degree in Sociology from the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland where she conducted her doctoral research studies on the social and cultural aspects of cervical cancer screening among Nigerian women living in Poland. She obtained her bachelors in mass communication at the Lagos State University, School of communication, Lagos, Nigeria and her masters degree in culture, media, and society at the Lancaster University graduate school for Social Research, UK/Poland. She has published research articles in media studies, health communication, sociology, and migration. She currently teaches a course in sociology and public relations at Collegium Civitas University, Warsaw, Poland.

Twitter: @simplyoma

Daniel Fiaveh

Research Brief: Sexual and Reproductive Health Education among Rural Families in West Africa: A study in Volta Region of Ghana
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-5
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Daniel is a sex Sociologist-turned Anthropologist with interests in Gender and Sex Studies. I focus on representations of men and boys, sexual cultures (intimacy, desires, eroticism, pleasures), sexual health, and queer sexuality. I have secondary interests in families and relationships studies. His current research, for example, makes links with how men talk about local aphrodisiacs use (e.g., herbal bitters) and notions of manhood, including men's insecurities and vulnerabilities about hegemonic masculine ideals and women's power in sexual relationships. Daniel is also engaged in advocacy about non-binary and gender-variant lives in Ghana. An ACLS/AHP fellow, he founded the Centre for Men's Health and Sex Studies; a not-for-profit organization to promote and gain support for work on men in Ghana.

Erin Laverty

Research Brief: Sex Education and Youth Perspectives: Learning about relationship and sexual health in Canada
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-5
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Erin Laverty works with the Canadian Public Health Association as Project Officer on the project titled Preventing Youth Dating Violence: Building capacity for comprehensive sexuality education in Canada. Erin holds a Master of Science in Experimental Psychology from Trent University and Bachelor Arts with a Specialization in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. Her interests include but are not limited to psychological research; she is passionate about all knowledge that pertains to adolescent social development, healthy relationships, and interpersonal communication.

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA) Twitter: @CPHA_ACSP Facebook: @cpha.acsp

Shireen Noble

Research Brief: Sex Education and Youth Perspectives: Learning about relationship and sexual health in Canada
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-5
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Shireen Noble is an Interim Project Officer at the Canadian Public Health Association, working on projects related to preventing youth dating violence and reducing sexually transmitted and blood-borne infection (STBBI)-related stigma. Shireen holds a Master of Science in Public Health with a specialization in Public Health Education from the University of South Florida, and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Adult Development from the University of Guelph. Her interests include sex and technology, women's sexuality, and sexual communication, negotiation, and education, particularly among young people.

Jessica Wood

RESEARCH BRIEF: Questions & Answers: Sexual health education in schools and other settings
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-5
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Jessica Wood is a Research Specialist at the Sex Information and Education Council of Canada (SIECCAN). She completed her doctorate at the University of Guelph and postdoctoral studies at York University. 

Mela Swayze

Embodied Sexualities: Understanding mind-body awareness and sexual well-being
June 18, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM | C-6
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Mela Swayze (PhD) is an educator, consultant and coach in the areas of sex, sexuality, gender and relationships. They teach at McMaster University and practice out of Inland Island Community Wellness Centre.

Kevin Nixon

Dragging "Out" Social Justice Activism: Lessons learned from Drag Queens
June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | D-1
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Kevin Nixon is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology and the Collaborative Graduate Specialization in Sexual Diversity Studies. Kevin is also a sessional instructor for the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto and for Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies at St. Jerome's University. Throughout his graduate career, Kevin's anthropological research has focused on the cultural politics of drag queens' performances in Canada. Kevin's doctoral dissertation research uses an ethnographic analysis of drag performance to interrogate the relationship between race/ethnicity, social class, gender, and sexuality in reference to questions of national identity, multiculturalism, and queer citizenship in the Canadian context.

Facebook: nixonkev Instagram: anthro_queen63

Fatima Mechtab

Oasis Aqualounge; Events, Fundraisers & Education for Community Sexual Health
June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | D-2
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Fatima Mechtab is an experienced Event Producer, Marketing Director and Public Relations power house. She holds a combined Bachelor’s Degree in English/ Women’s Studies from Carleton University & has completed Certificate Programs in both Event Management & Digital Marketing. She currently holds a position as the Marketing Director and Event Producer for Oasis Aqualounge. She has been interviewed for Vice Magazine, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, Xtra Magazine &The National Post. She has been published in High Canada Magazine & her original articles & erotica can be found on the Oasis Aqualounge blog page & on SDC.com. Fatima Mechtab has written& presented original expositions for a number of public events such as the Guelph Sexuality Conference (2016) & The Taboo Sex Show (2018-19)

Personal Twitter: @catchfatima Instagram: @planningisapassion Facebook: fatimamechtab

Oasis Aqualounge Twitter: @Oasis231mutual 

Rahim Thawer

When Curiosity Sends the Wrong Message: Exploring biases when working with clients
June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | D-3
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Twitter: @RahimThawer

Ryan Lisk

Community-Directed Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing Interventions Among Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM): An E-Delphi Study in Toronto
June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | D-4
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Ryan Lisk is the Director of Community Health Programs at ACT (formerly the AIDS Committee of Toronto) where he oversees programs in STI/HIV prevention, mental health and drug use for people living with- or at risk- for HIV.

Anna Yeung

Community-Directed Bacterial Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing Interventions Among Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM): An E-Delphi Study in Toronto
June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | D-4
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Anna Yeung is a Research Manager at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, with a PhD in public health. She is based at the Epidemiology of Sexually Transmitted Infections Methods and Analysis for inTerventions and Evaluation (ESTIMATE) Lab, where she manages multiple projects in sexual health.

Jennifer Beaudin

Restorative Justice: Community-based responses to sexual harm
June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | D-6
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Jennifer is a registered SSW who has over 13 years' experience working with diverse populations in the medical, domestic and sexual violence fields using a trauma informed lens. For the past 4 years at CJI, she has created space to have safe and meaningful conversations about the impacts of sexual violence through facilitated dialogues, groups, and circles. Her current areas of focus are facilitating healing circles for women who have experienced sexual harm, Speakers Bureau and Facilitated Dialogue. As part of the Revive team, she is also involved in program development for people who have offended sexually and volunteer training. She believes building genuine and trusting relationships are at the core of establishing partnerships, which also promote empowerment, change and growth.

Twitter and Instagram: @ajustcommunity Facebook: /thejustcommunity 

Julie Schelter

Restorative Justice: Community-based responses to sexual harm
June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM | D-5
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Julie Schelter is the Coordinator of Partner and Family Supports and Facilitated Dialogue in the Revive program at Community Justice Initiatives in Kitchener ON. Revive programs are accessed by those impacted by sexual abuse/trauma including: survivors of all genders, persons who have offended sexually(PWOS), as well as the families and supporters of survivors and PWOS. Revive programs support healing, understanding impact, taking responsibility and demonstrating accountability. Julie has 20 years experience as a restorative justice practitioner and is passionate about the promotion of restorative justice approaches to sexual harm. She is dedicated to supporting all populations impacted by sexual harm by working from a trauma informed approach within a restorative justice framework.

Deanna Clatworthy

Extended Workshop (6 hrs) HIV: How it affects intimacy and engaging clients by reducing stigma
June 19, 2020 | 10:30 AM - 4:15 PM | D-6
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Deanna Clatworthy is a nurse, public speaker and educator. Deanna is the clinic coordinator and nurse at ARCH Clinic in Guelph which cares for individuals who are HIV+ and/or individuals who identify as transgender. Deanna is a nursing graduate of Conestoga College and an Addictions Counsellor graduate of McMaster University. She enjoys teaching and presenting on topics regarding HIV/AIDS, Reducing Stigma in Healthcare, Creating Inclusive Spaces and Transgender Health. Deanna is passionate about healthcare and as a lifelong learner, she is currently enrolled in the BScN degree program at McMaster. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Registered Practical Nursing Association of Ontario (RPNAO) and represents Region 2.

Twitter: @ARCHGuelph

Vincent Bolt

From Patient to Advisor: Creative partnerships between trans community members and health care services
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-1
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Darlyn Hansen

From Patient to Advisor: Creative partnerships between trans community members and health care services
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-1
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Darlyn, or Dar as her friends call her, is a founding member of TG Innerselves. For over 7 years she has been travelling across North Eastern Ontario to provide training and education about service delivery to trans patients. She is a member of the Senior's Action Network, Health Sciences North Patient Advisory Committee, HSN Patient Advisory Council, HSN Accommodation Committee, HSN Ethics Committee, and the HSN Diversity Training Initiative Committee. She currently sits on the board of the Sudbury Action Centre for Youth. She co-facilitates support groups for parents and family members of trans people in Sudbury, and works closely with the local trans community.

 

Rita Olink

From Patient to Advisor: Creative partnerships between trans community members and health care services
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-1
Bio

Rita is one of the Founding Members of TG Innerselves. She has been active in the continued growth of the program, and has taken the lead on community outreach. Rita has been doing public speaking for over 7 years across North Eastern Ontario. She has spoken at conferences including Moving Trans History Forward 2016 in Victoria, Rainbow Health Ontario Conferences in 2016 and 2018, and previous Guelph Sexuality Conferences. She is passionate about community engagement, and teaching other organization how to make their spaces inclusive and safe for trans people.

Brockenshire Lemiski

Great SEXpectactions! Peer Theatre Education Program
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-2
Bio

Brockenshire Lemiski (he/him) is a sexual health educator at Sexual Health Options, Resources & Education - SHORE Centre - where he has worked and volunteered for over 5 years. As a sexual health educator, he has educated thousands of children, teens and adults about relationships, healthy masculinity, consent, gender and sexual health. He is especially interested in working with boys and people with developmental disabilities, and is passionate about challenging the binary boxes that attempt to constrain our social, personal, and sexual lives.

Instagram: @shorecentrewr Facebook: @shorecentrewr

Sarah Martens

Extended Workshop (3 hrs): Wicihitowin, Sharing Anti-oppression & Decolonizing Practices in Sexual Health Education
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 4:15 PM | E-3
Bio

Wapisiwkwe / Sarah Martens is Ininiw (Cree) and Ukrainian. She is a member of Nin Indigenous Sexual Health (N’ISH), an Indigenous sexual health educators' collective. She worked as a Health Educator in the Teen Talk Program for 12 years, developing and facilitating trainings and workshops focused on sexual and mental health. She is passionate about learning, decolonizing and advocating around sexuality and anti-oppression education. She is also a founder, director, and facilitator of Red Tent, a volunteer run organization that provides anti-oppression trainings and consultation. She credits her knowledge and learnings in this work to the amazing colleagues she walks beside, to the Two-Spirit, Trans, Non-Binary and Queer folx in her community, to knowledge keepers and elders she has received teachings from, as well as to her university education in gender studies and community development.

Eveline Buehlmann

Extended Workshop (3 hrs): Wicihitowin, Sharing Anti-oppression & Decolonizing Practices in Sexual Health Education
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 4:15 PM | E-3
Bio

Eveline is a white Swiss newcomer who grew up on a dairy farm on Ininiw (Cree) land, Treaty two area. She worked as a health educator in the Teen Talk program for almost 20 years. In that time, she worked in all areas of the program and with her colleagues developed the Teen Talk Service Provider Training and Service Provider Manual. She is also a trained Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive sexual health curricula, facilitator, co-facilitating multi-level trainings. Her heart is in community and relationship building through service delivery work in rural, remote, and northern communities. Her perspective and ongoing learning derives from many communities, colleagues and knowledge keepers. Her educational background includes a Masters of Science in Community Health.

Twoey Gray

Research Brief: RelateAbility: Consent education for youth with developmental disabilities
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-4
Bio

Combining her thorough entrenchment in artistic communities with her political science studies at Ryerson University, Twoey Gray wields arts education as a tool to challenge power and incite social change. As an asexual aromantic woman, Twoey’s passion for inclusive sex education has guided her through 5 years of program design and facilitation at CANVAS, through which she aims to inspire conscious future leaders.

Twitter and Instagram: @canvasprograms  Facebook: CANVAS Programs 

Jesse Schwartz

Research Brief: RelateAbility: Consent education for youth with developmental disabilities
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-4
Bio

Jesse Schwartz is a Psychology Alumnus from the University of Guelph and former volunteer at the 2013 - 2015 Guelph Sexuality Conference. She now holds a Master of Social Work from University of Toronto, where she specialized in human services management and leadership. She designed CANVAS' evaluations department from the ground up and is currently the lead researcher on three research projects at CANVAS. A dedicated researcher and survivor herself, Jesse has the understanding, work, and lived experience to approach research with sensitivity and care, all through a health equity lens.

Lisa Howard

Research Brief: "The Tastiness of Being Alive": Sexual expression in Alberta's continuing care homes
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-4
Bio

Lisa has been an Assistant Professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences. Her research interests include chronic disease self-management, health communication, and sexual expression. She has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in nursing. Lisa is a Registered Nurse with experience in intensive care, community health, primary care, quality improvement, and staff development.

Julia Brassolotto

Research Brief: "The Tastiness of Being Alive": Sexual expression in Alberta's continuing care homes
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-4
Bio

Julia is an Assistant Professor in the Public Health Program in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge, She is also the Alberta Innovates Research Chair in Rural Health and Well-being at the University of Lethbridge. Her research explores the intersections of formal and informal care for older adults. She specifically looks at how the boundaries between public and private care are organized differently in rural areas than they are in urban areas.

Karyn Flecher

Research Brief: Improving Contraceptive Healthcare: Lessons from a community sexual health organization
June 19, 2020 | 12:45 PM - 1:45 PM | E-4
Bio

Karyn Fulcher is a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. She completed a PhD in 2016 at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society in Melbourne, Australia, where her research focused on homophobia in high schools. From 2006-2017, she was an educator with Scarleteen.com, one of the largest online sexuality education resources for young people. Her research interests include many aspects of sexuality and sexual health, including sex education, the sexual health of young people and sexual and gender minorities, and reproductive justice.

Twitter: @karynfulcher Twitter and Instagram: @isexualhealth 

Jyss Russell

Creative Responses in Fragmented Communities: 2SLGBTQ+ youth activism in Hamilton
June 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | F-1
Bio

Jyss Russell is a community organizer, activist, and proud McMaster drop-out based in Hamilton, Ontario. They are the co-founder of Speqtrum Hamilton, and have served as the program coordinator since 2017.

Mela Swayze

Creative Responses in Fragmented Communities: 2SLGBTQ+ youth activism in Hamilton
June 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | F-1
Bio

Mela Swayze is an educator, consultant and coach in the areas of sex, sexuality, gender and relationships. They teach at McMaster University and practice out of Inland Island Community Wellness Centre.

Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @speqtrumYHM Instagram: @swayze.mela

Leah Tidey

You're Doing What?! At Your Age?!
June 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | F-2
Bio

Leah Tidey is a PhD Candidate in Applied Theatre at the University of Victoria. Her research focuses on the social stigma of sexuality across the life course and exploring intergenerational, community-based theatre as a means to address it. Her research has been supported by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program Grant, the British Columbia Graduate Award, the Anne McLaughlin Graduate Scholarship in Applied Theatre, the Elaine Gallagher Award, and the University of Victoria Graduate Award. Leah is currently working with the Island Sexual Health Society on a Community Wellness Grant related to her research in developing theatre and workshops about sexuality with older adults in Victoria based on their self-identified sexual health needs and concerns.

Twitter: @TideyLeah Instagram: @leahtidey250 Facebook: Leah Tidey

Rhianne Fiolka

Research Brief: Rethinking Urban Space and Sex Work
June 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | F-3
Bio

Rhianne is a Master of Urban Planning student at McGill University, where she aims to help bridge the gap between academia, Urban Planning, and sex work.

Nazanin Kafaee

Research Brief: Online Sexual Experiences and Relationship Functioning in Long Distance Relationships
June 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | F-3
Bio

Nazanin Kafaee is a 4th year undergraduate student pursuing an Honors Specialization in Psychology at Western University. She is interested in the intersection of sexuality and romantic relationships. Currently, her thesis is focused on revalidating a scale of erotophobia-erotophilia under the supervision of Dr. Samantha Joel and Dr. Taylor Kohut. Nazanin was also a recipient of the Mitacs Globalink Research Award in 2018, where she examined the co-regulation of stress among romantic couples in the Universite Grenoble Alpes under the supervision of Dr. Hans IJzerman. In the future, she hopes to investigate the effects of culture on individuals' sexuality and relationships.

Twitter: @NazaninKFP  (Taylor Kohut: @WesternSMaRtLab)

Kirstyn Seanor

Research Brief: Assessing the Design of Pornography Websites
June 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | F-3
Bio

Kirstyn Seanor is a PhD candidate in Library and Information Science in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University. Their dissertation work on the user tagging of pornography centres virtual artefacts - such as user tags and website design elements - as evidence of trends in sexual content, user behaviours, and popular discourses. Their work is informed by their background in political science, philosophy, and technical writing. Their research interests include: gendered professions, the library as institution, online communities, open access, and usability.

Twitter: @kirstynASDF

Tasha Falconer

Research Brief: Sexting and Body Image of Midlife Adults
June 19, 2020 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM | F-3
Bio

Tasha Falconer is a PhD student in Family Relations and Human Development at the University of Guelph. Her research interests include sexual communication and sexual education. Tasha recently completed her masters degree at Trent University, in which she investigated the risks and benefits of sexting within an intimate relationship.

Kyle Rubini

Gay Guys' Stress Reduction Workshop
June 19, 2020 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | G-1
Bio

Kyle Rubini is the Gay Men's HIV Prevention Worker at Regional HIV/AIDS Connection where he coordinates a PrEP Clinic, facilitates a queer youth group and provides community education. Kyle completed his Master's in Gender Studies and Feminist research; his research focused on sexual health education, queer male culture, and online communication in queer community.

Richard MacDonagh

Gay Guys' Stress Reduction Workshop
June 19, 2020 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | G-1
Bio

Richard possess a diploma in Theatre- Acting from Ryerson University, as well as a diploma from the Social Services Worker program at Fanshawe College in London Ontario. Richard has 10 years of experience working in social services, including 6 years as a case manager/counsellor for people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C, 1 year as a case worker for Ontario Works, and 2 years as the Program Coordinator for the Options Clinic/Anonymous HIV testing program, at London InterCommunity Health Centre. Richard has also worked as a facilitator for several groups including people living with HIV as well as LGBTQ youth.

Instagram: @hivaidsconnect & @options testing Facebook: Regional HIV AIDS Connection & Options Clinic- Anonymous HIV Testing 

Skylar Sookpaiboon

Moving Through the Cis-tem: A collection of digital stories among BIPOC trans and non-binary individuals’ experiences navigating the Canadian Healthcare System
June 19, 2020 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | G-2
Bio

Skylar is a Thai non-binary, queer, first-generation immigrant, community organizer, activist, researcher, and digital storyteller. They are completing their Master of Sciences degree in Family Relations and Human Development program at the University of Guelph. Skylar's research is focused on gender-affirming health care by centering BIPOC trans and non-binary experiences navigating the Canadian health care system among young adults. They are passionately driven by the lack of resources and support for those who experience ongoing systemic violence and harm. Through intersectional feminism, queer theory and decolonization frameworks, Skylar is finding ways to do meaningful community-based research that would help us move forward in creating transformative justice and policy changes.

Anna Kelberga

Research Brief: Motivation of Individuals in Committed Monogamous, Consensually and Non-consensually Non-monogamous Relationships to Engage in Sexual Activity
June 19, 2020 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | G-3
Bio

I am a researcher and a practicing psychologist, who has made it my mission to assist people to accept and negotiate their sexual freedom. My deep interest lies in understanding how people structure their romantic and sexual relationships. My current research investigated people's motivation to engage in sex and is based on responses of approximately 1700 monogamous and non-monogamous individuals.

Colby Marie Zongol

Research Brief: Intimacy as STD prevention? How emotional & intellectual intimacy impact condom discontinuation in hetero college couples
June 19, 2020 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | G-3
Bio

Colby Marie Zongol is a sexuality scholar based out of Providence, RI. She is a doctoral candidate in human sexuality studies, and avid (slash obnoxious) football fan, and has been researching and teaching about sexual health, pleasure, and satisfaction for 10+ years.

Instagram: @colbymariez

Rebecca Pacheco

Research Brief: Influences of Parental Attachment and Sexual Education on Young Adult's Sexual Attitudes and Self-efficacy
June 19, 2020 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | G-3
Bio

Rebecca Pacheco is an undergraduate student in her final year at the University of Windsor, majoring in Forensic Science and Psychology with thesis. Intrigued by the different aspects of human sexuality, she has chosen to look at the way that people develop their sense of their own sexuality, and what types of variables affect this. Rebecca has worked on spreading mental health knowledge by working with University of Windsor's Living Well Lancers, helping lead the social media outreach and information booths at the campus's Bell Let's Talk activity day, and doing other campus wide outreach. This is her first conference.

Charlene Senn

Research Brief: Influences of Parental Attachment and Sexual Education on Young Adult's Sexual Attitudes and Self-efficacy
June 19, 2020 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | G-3
Bio

Charlene Y. Senn, PhD is a feminist social psychologist. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sexual Violence and is a Professor of Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. She has been an activist and advocate on issues related to violence against women and sexuality for many years. Her research currently centres on effective campus sexual violence interventions.

Lea Seguin

Research Brief: It Isn't Right When Only One Partner has an Orgasm: Examining the associations between cultural orgasm beliefs and orgasmic function and orgasm-simulation
June 19, 2020 | 3:15 PM - 4:15 PM | G-3
Bio

Lea Seguin obtained an MSc at the University of Guelph in Family Relations and Human Development, where she conducted research on individuals reasons and motivations for pretending orgasm. She is currently a course instructor and PhD candidate in the department of Sexology at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal (UQÀM), under the supervision of Dr. Martin Blais. Her doctoral thesis focuses on sexual meanings, social and media representations of sexuality, and orgasm and orgasm-simulation. Aside from her thesis research, Lea has also conducted research on relationship diversity and stigma surrounding consensual non-monogamies.