Dr. Samantha Dawson (she/her)

CGSHE Faculty Member

Dr. Samantha Dawson (she/her) is a CGSHE Faculty Member and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar, and the Director of the Sexuality and Well-being (SWell) Lab. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University, followed by a SSHRC Banting postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University. Her multi-method research program focuses on identifying cognitive and affective mechanisms contributing to sexual function in individuals and couples, with the goal of using these mechanisms to develop targeted and gender-specific interventions for sexual dysfunction. Her research program involves experimental laboratory-based research using various sexual psychophysiological measures, such as eye tracking, genital plethysmography, as well as more ecologically-valid daily experience and longitudinal methodologies.

In the SWELL lab, Dr. Dawson conducts studies focused on attentional mechanisms underlying arousal and desire, couples’ sexual function and well-being in the perinatal period, and emotion regulation and sexual well-being. She is committed to innovative knowledge translation and recently launched @misconSEXions a social media (Instagram) knowledge sharing initiative that seeks to debunk commonly held myths regarding sexuality using the latest empirical research. Her research is currently funded by operating grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and the British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund, as well as the University of British Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @dawson_sj and @UBCSwell or read more about her and her incredible team.