Advisor/Supervisors: Dr. Lucia O’Sullivan
Previous Degrees (and affiliate institutions)/Licensing/Training Obtained:
B.A. (Honours), Psychology, Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
My research interests include sexual and romantic
experiences during emerging adulthood. My research tends to focus on sexual and
romantic scripts, and I have done work examining sexual initiation, sexual
compliance, attraction, and oral sex motives. My dissertation focuses on the
impact of traditional romantic beliefs on relationship commitment and
satisfaction. I am also involved in several ongoing projects examining the
content of free web-based pornography.
Vannier, S. A., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2012). Who gives
and who gets: Why, when, and with whom young people engage in oral sex. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 572-82
A., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2010). Communicating interest in sex:
Verbal and nonverbal initiation of sexual activity in young adults’ romantic
dating relationships. Archives of Sexual
Behavior, 40, 961-969.
Vannier, S. A., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2009). Sex without
desire: Characteristics of occasions of sexual compliance in committed
relationships. The Journal of Sex
Research, 46, 1-11.
S. A., Currie, A. B., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2012, September). School girls and soccer moms: A content
analysis of free online pornography. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sex
Research Forum, Vancouver.
S. A., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (2012, July). Development of a scale
to capture discrepancies in real and idealized versions of romantic
relationships. Paper presented at the
International Association for Relationship Research Conference, Chicago.
A. (2012, June). The truth about
oral sex: Taking a closer look at why women give more and get less. Paper presented at the Institute of the Section on
Women and Psychology of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax.
A., & Voyer, D. (2012, June). Sarcasm
perception and quality of peer and romantic relationships. Poster presented
at the annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax.
Any Professional Awards/Honours:
2011-2012 Magee Fellowship in the Humanities and Social
2009-2011 SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
2009 Snodgrass Prize for Research in Psychology
2007-2010 Board of Governor’s Merit Award