Graduate Students

  • Aidana Segizbayeva

    Aidana Segizbayeva

    she/her

    Visiting Graduate Student

    Aidana is a second-year graduate student pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan. She previously completed her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences in 2021. She is leading the EUPHORIA study, a qualitative study exploring how ethnically diverse women experience sexual pleasure and if these experiences are associated with mindfulness. Her research interests include understanding how biological, sociocultural, and psychophysiological factors impact reproductive and sexual health. In the future, she plans to pursue a doctorate degree in women’s and children’s health and to continue advocating for sexual health education.

  • Geneviève Allaire-Stacey

    Geneviève Allaire-Stacey

    she/her

    Graduate Student

    Geneviève is currently doing her MSc in Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences (WACH) under the supervision of Dr. Brotto. In 2022, she graduated from McGill University after completing her BA as a double major in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality, Feminist and Social Justice Studies as well as a minor in Behavioural Science. Through her studies at McGill, Geneviève developed a marked interest for women, sexuality, and health, and it is with the goal of having a direct impact on women’s health that she applied for the WACH program. Genevieve’s focus at UBC and in the Sexual Health Research Laboratory is centered on treatments for sexual dysfunction in cancer survivors. Specifically, she works on eSense-Cancer, a branch of the eSense study, which seeks to adapt the original digital therapy modules to ovarian cancer survivors’ lived experiences with female sexual dysfunction. Geneviève hopes to continue onwards doing work related to sexual health and advocacy once she is done her master’s degree. 

  • Sonia Milani

    Sonia Milani

    she/her

    Sonia is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program. She joined our lab in 2015 and has been the coordinator for the EYES, TRACE, and JUNIPER studies. She is currently working on the BRACE study which is a large-scale, online study examining sexual identity. She is a co-investigator on the IMMERSIVE study investigating women’s subjective sexual response and user experience with virtual reality erotica. She is also a co-investigator on the COVERS study which examines the short- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sexual and relationship well-being.

  • Claire Lawrence

    Claire Lawrence

    she/her

    Graduate Student

    Claire is a first-year MSc student in the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences program at UBC. She previously completed her BHSc at McMaster University in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) program. At McMaster, Claire was involved in several clinical research projects in the field of perinatal mental health. As an MSc Student at UBC she will continue to apply her interest in this field by working on the SUPPORT study, which seeks to develop and evaluate a safe and effective web-based resource for postpartum depression and anxiety. As part of the Sexual Health Laboratory, Claire looks forward to contributing to research projects that have real-life impacts on women in their everyday lives.

  • Faith Jabs, MA

    Faith Jabs, MA

    she/her

    Graduate Student

    Faith is a MA student in the Clinical Psychology program at UBC. She completed her BA in Anthropology in 2014 and a BA in Psychology in 2017. Her master’s research, the APPROACH study examines how sexual motivation influences sexual wellbeing and attentional processes to sexual stimuli. She is a co-investigator on the IMMERSIVE study, which examines women’s subjective sexual response and user experience with virtual reality erotica, which may help inform future treatment for women’s sexual concerns. Faith is also a co-investigator on the COVERS study, which examines the short- and long-term impact of the COVID-19 social distancing measures on sexual health, motivations for sex, and sexual coercion. She also works as a study coordinator on the DESIRE study that examines the efficacy of two kinds of group therapy for women with Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder.

  • Natalie Brown, MA

    Natalie Brown, MA

    she/her

    Graduate Student

    Natalie is a first-year PhD student in the UBC Clinical Psychology program, working under the supervision of Drs. Lori Brotto and Alan Kingstone. She completed her BA in Psychology at Queen’s University in 2017. Natalie’s MA thesis explores the cognitive mechanisms underlying sexual attraction and desire, with a specific focus on asexuality and Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder. She is also involved with IMMERSIVE, a study investigating women’s subjective sexual responses to virtual reality erotica, and she plans to evaluate virtual reality as a clinical tool for women with genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder (GPPPD) in her PhD. Natalie is involved with the COVERS study, which investigates the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 related social changes on sexual and reproductive health. Overall, her research program aims to improve our understanding of sexual difficulties and develop evidence-based interventions for individuals with distressing sexual concerns.