Meet our Researchers

Current Research Team

Kirti Agarwal

Kirti Agarwal

Westland Researcher | Masters Student | Spring 2020 - present

Background: Kirti is currently enrolled in the Master of Counselling Psychology program at Adler University. She did her undergrad in India, with a major in Psychology and minor in English Literature, graduating with a B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology and a Diploma in Liberal Studies.

Why Sexuality Research? For her undergraduate dissertation, Kirti conducted research on sexual consent and the grey areas around it. She realized that the taboo attached to sex makes it difficult to have conversations around sexuality and consent. With an aim to normalize sex and promote sex-positivity, Kirti intends to expand her research areas and incorporate them in her future practice.

Topics of interest: Gender and sexuality, kink, non-monogamy, cultural contribution to taboo and consent, relation of consent to harassment, repression of sexual urges.

Stephanie Koutsoulianos

Stephanie Koutsoulianos

Westland Researcher | Masters Student | Spring 2020 - present

Background: In 2016, Stephanie graduated from the University of Guelph with a BA in Psychology with a Minor in Family and Child Studies. After volunteering for an organization that offered undergraduate students drop-in peer support, she became passionate about working with the post-secondary population to address their varying mental health concerns. This led her to pursue a Masters in Counselling Psychology at Adler University. She has also worked in research on child health, specifically on childhood injury prevention in a pedestrian context. 

Why Sexuality Research? There is an irony regarding the overtness of sexuality in media; it seems to be everywhere, and despite this, it is an undereducated topic and often only regarded as a biological process in clinical settings. It is important to encourage current and future practitioners to become aware of the psychological influences of sexuality (and asexuality) by continuing education to be better able to help clients over the long-term.

Topics of interest: Stephanie is particularly interested in factors affecting development throughout late adolescence and early adulthood. Relationships and sexuality play an integral role in healthy functioning and she is interested in how the development of sexual identity across all genders relates to overall wellbeing. She hopes to support those experiencing sexual concerns to overcome them.

Veronica Chase

Veronica Chase

Westland Researcher | Registered Professional Counsellor - Candidate | Fall 2019 - Present

Background: Veronica graduated from Rhodes Wellness College, then pursued her Registered Professional Counselling – Candidate (RPC-c) designation, under the Canadian professional Counselling Association (CPCA) in 2017. After working at Deborah’s Gate, as a first responder to human trafficking and labour exploitation, she wanted to help others in trauma informed therapy and sexual education through sex-positivity. She became more interested in clinical counselling and is currently moving towards getting her Master of Counselling.

Why sexuality research? Open communication about wants, needs or desires, was not discussed growing up and she soon realized its importance for transparency. She now helps others who might be shy or interested in learning more about the sex-positive community by helping them find and express what their desires, wants and needs are in their relationships.

Topics of Interest: Her main interests are sexuality, relationship dynamics and trauma. However, she hopes to continue her development in the field of sex therapy and the clinical aspects that can arise within life, and how to help others navigate them with ease.

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

Hazel Hughes

Research Alumni 2019 - 2020

Hasan (Hus) Mawani

Research Alumni 2019

Deema Abu-Hannoud

Research Alumni 2019

Jennifer Parlee

Research Alumni 2018 - 2019

Abisheikh (Abi) Sharma

Research Alumni 2018 - 2019

Elyssa Carroll Goldman

Research Alumni 2018

Aysha Dhala

Research Alumni 2016 - 2018

Alaina Chun

Research Alumni 2016 - 2017

Mason Shell

Research Alumni 2017

Chelsea Cameron

Research Alumni 2016 - 2017

Veronica Li

Research Alumni 2015 - 2016

Emily Hanson

Research Alumni 2015 - 2016

Sophia Murray

Research Alumni 2019 - 2020

Mia D.

Research Alumni 2019

Brittany Young Tenn

Research Alumni 2018 - 2019

David Mahadevan

Research Alumni 2018 - 2019

Simone Deahl

Research Alumni 2015 - 2018

Qingsheng Qiu (Ryan)

Research Alumni 2018

Adrianna Xue

Research Alumni 2016-2017

Diana Sadat

Research Alumni 2016 - 2017

Teah Scotten

Research Alumni 2016 - 2017

Jules Ku-Lea

Research Alumni 2014 - 2015

Codie Jordan

Research Alumni 2014 - 2015

Brittany Underhill

Research Alumni 2014 - 2015

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