Meet our Researchers

Current Research Team

Aysha Dhala

Aysha Dhala

Westland Researcher | Masters Student

Background: Aysha is currently enrolled as a student at Adler University in the Master’s of Counselling Psychology program, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies from Simon Fraser University. She is a Leather hetero-queer, progressive humanist feminist, passionate about providing service to LGBQAI2+, Trans*, kink explorers, fetishizers, and the BDSM community.

Why Sexuality: Besides sex therapy, she is passionate about sexual health education and sex-positive activism. She is a sexual pluralist, and a kinky Switch (both a Sadist and service bottom) and has been mentored and formally trained in a broad spectrum of Sadomasochistic activities, except rope.

Topics of interest:  High protocol power exchange relationships i.e. Masters/slaves, Gor, Leatherpeople, Dominants/submissives, individuals with paraphilias, and other fringe or alternative sexualities.

Mason Shell

Mason Shell

Westland Researcher | Masters Student

Background: Mason graduated from the University of Alberta in 2014 with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Psychology. Since then, he has taken various training courses and workshops in psychotherapy. Currently, he is attending Adler University and is earning his MA in Counselling Psychology.

Why Sexuality Research: Because sexuality is something both very important and highly personal to most individuals, Mason believes that building on the knowledge regarding sexuality in the counselling field is crucial in order to better facilitate effective and fruitful therapy. Presently, there is a lack of accessible professional training regarding sex in a clinical counselling setting, and Mason hopes to help fill that void with practical, insightful, and empirically based information for professionals.

Topics of Interest: In sex therapy, ethical non-monogamy is currently his focus. He is also interested more generally in trauma, mood, personality, and psychotic disorders, and how these might influence sexual concerns brought forth to sex therapy sessions.

Adrianna Xue

Adrianna Xue

Westland Researcher | Undergraduate Student

Background: Adrianna is currently completing her BA with a major in Psychology and a minor in Critical Studies in Sexuality at the University of British Columbia. She is also currently volunteering at the UBC Sexual Health Lab as a research assistant.

Why Sexuality Research? She believes that sexual health is an important aspect of personal well being that is often overlooked. She aims to rid the stigmatization of sex and sexual health, and hopes to encourage more casual discourse on sexual education. She wishes to contribute to sex research in graduate studies and advocate for sex positivity, self esteem, and sexual empowerment for people of all orientations and genders.

Topics of Interest: While her main research interests focus on sexual health and she hopes to further the development of sex research in Canada, her interests also include polyamorous relationship frameworks, sexual education, and sexual themes in literature and other contemporary media outlets.

Alaina Chun

Alaina Chun

Westland Researcher | Undergraduate Student

Background: Alaina is currently completing her last year of her undergraduate degree at University of British Columbia but will be graduating from the University of Western Ontario in May 2017. She is currently pursuing a double major in biology and GRSJ (gender, race, sexuality and social justice). In her spare time, she tutors children and volunteers in the downtown east side.

Why Sexuality Research: Alaina eventually plans to work in women’s health and believes that sexuality is a large and often overlooked part of this field. She believes that sex education should be more inclusive and more sex positive. She is thrilled to be part of a team that promotes both of these things and works to destigmatize sexuality.

Topics of interest: Alaina is particularly interested in the anatomical systems of the body as they pertain to sex, unconventional relationships and the female orgasm – anatomically and the social stigma surrounding it.

Simone Deahl

Simone Deahl

Westland Researcher

Background: Simone holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She lives in Toronto, where she works as a caregiver for people with disabilities.

Why Sexuality: As an undergraduate student, Simone took classes with sex therapist Dr. Peggy Kleinplatz and was inspired by her stories. She wants to become a sex therapist herself, and be able to help people understand themselves and find healing, joy, and intimacy.

Topics of interest: Optimal sexual experience, female libido, and the impact of systems of privilege and power on sex and relationships.

Interested in joining our passionate volunteer research team? We have a variety of roles available for enthusiastic students, advocates, and allies looking to lend their research skills and gain additional experience, join team consultations, and increase their knowledge in the field of sex and sexuality. Contact us here for more information.

Research Alumni

Chelsea Cameron     2016 – 2017

Chelsea graduated from Queen’s University in 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. During her degree, she spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia where she took courses and worked in the Emotional Health Laboratory at Macquarie University. She is currently completing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Adler University.

Rachelle Diamond     2016 – 2017

Rachelle graduated with an undergraduate degree majoring in psychology from the UOFA in 2015 and then continued to work in the area of intervention with children diagnosed with autism. She is currently attending Adler University working on her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.

2015 – 2016

Veronica Li

Research Alumni

2015 – 2016

Emily Hanson

Research Alumni

2014 – 2015

Brittany Underhill

Research Alumni

Diana Sadat     2016 – 2017

Diana graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UBC in 2015 and then completed a year long Holistic Sex Therapy Certificate training program in the U.S. in 2016. She is currently attending Adler University and in her spare time, she volunteers with Options for Sexual Health providing contraceptive counselling and education to clients.

Teah Scotten     2016 – 2017

Teah graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Victoria in 2013, and moved to Vancouver to begin her Masters in Counselling at Adler University in January of 2016. She is interested in working with individuals and couples.

2014 – 2015

Arran Hamilton

Research Alumni

2014 – 2015

Jules Ku-Lea

Research Alumni

2014 – 2015

Codie Jordan

Research Alumni

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