The primary research focus of the Sexuality and Relationship Science Lab is to understand people’s attitudes, judgments, and motives related to sexuality, intimacy, and romantic relationships. This is often done by applying social and cognitive psychological theories and testing them experimentally using sophisticated quantitative techniques.
In addition to the focus on sexuality and romantic relationships, many members of the lab have a passion for and research interests related to applied organizational and social psychology. Consequently, some members of the lab are actively involved in initiatives to assess the interpersonal climate on university campuses. Additional members are collaborating with the Dalhousie Family Medicine Teaching unit to conduct research related to the quality of primary care in Canada. Finally, several researchers in the lab are part of an international program of research designed to investigate the effect of stereotype threat on the gender differences associated with emotional intelligence test performance.