Meet our Researchers

Current Research Team

Sacha Rockliffe

Sacha Rockliffe

Westland Researcher | Masters Student | Spring 2021 - present

Background: Sacha (she/her) is currently a Master of Counselling Psychology student at Adler University. Prior to enrolling at Adler, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria in Child and Youth Care. Sacha has a passion for working with LGBTQ2S+ individuals and non-traditional families, and aspires to work as a couples and family therapist upon graduation. She also enjoys drawing, writing, cooking, yoga, and paddling with her queer women’s dragon boating team.

Why sexuality research? Sacha believes that sexual health is essential to overall health and wellbeing, yet it is something we rarely address in our discussions about health. There’s still a lot of shame and stigma around sex and sexuality, particularly for LGBTQ2S+ individuals. She recognized the importance of ensuring language and information is inclusive, and resources are accessible for all.

Topics of interest: Sacha is interested in attachment, intimacy, gender and sexual orientation, and the importance of consent.

Sydney Ricciardi

Sydney Ricciardi

Westland Researcher | Masters Student | Fall 2021 - present

Background: Sydney (she/her) is currently a student at Adler University completing a Master of Counselling Psychology. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph in Psychology. After working for the Distress Centre’s of Greater Toronto Sydney became passionate about contributing to her community in a impactful and positive way. She hopes to work with adolescents and young adults struggling with mental health upon graduation. She also has in interest in sex therapy and couples and relationships. She enjoys reading, yoga and listening to podcasts.

Why sexuality research? Sydney has always been a strong advocate for sex education and believes that this is an essential knowledge for practitioners to have to effectively help others. She believes that sexual health is a crucial part of one’s overall well being and wants to help break the stigma surrounding sex and sexuality.

Topics of interest: Sydney is interested in couples and relationships, sexual dysfunction, gender and sexuality, intimacy, the role that shame plays in sexuality and somatic approaches to wellbeing

Victoria Rideout

Victoria Rideout

Westland Researcher | PsyD Student | Fall 2021 - present

Background: Victoria (she/her) is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the Adler University. Victoria has advocated for healthy sexuality through her writing and performances as a spoken word poet and through her work as an Affiliate Consultant for Positive Passions. She also enjoys other forms of artistic expression as well as cooking, cycling, and going on outdoor adventures. 

Why sexuality research? Sexuality is an integral part of how people orient themselves and relate to one another, affecting everything from self-identity, to relationships, to community belonging. There are many forms of struggle related to internalized beliefs or social disapproval of sexual identities, desires, and behaviours. Victoria believes efforts to normalize sexual interests is an essential and therapeutic role that clinicians can have to help each of their clients develop a sexuality and identity that feels authentic, comfortable, and safe.

Topics of interest: Victoria’s areas of interest include sexuality, identity, relationships, family dynamics, and trauma, for all the ways those subjects intersect. Particularly, she is interested in ethical non-monogamy and non-traditional families, gender identity and sexual orientation, and sexual interest / arousal and orgasm disorders.

Sam O'Brien

Sam O'Brien

Westland Researcher | PsyD Student | Fall 2021 - present

Background: Sam (she/her) is currently a Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology student at Adler University in Vancouver. She was born and raised in the heart of Chicago, IL. Prior to attending Adler, Sam completed her B.A. in Psychology at the University of San Diego, and she double minored in Women’s and Gender Studies and Leadership Studies. Sam later moved to Crested Butte, CO where she was a preschool teacher for nearly two years. Sam has a passion for working clinically with womxn of color and incarcerated womxn. In her free time, she practices and teaches yoga, mountain bikes, and trail runs.

Why sexuality research? Sam believes that sexuality research is crucial because it affects everyone, yet it is not discussed enough! In doing this research, she hopes to deconstruct the stigmas surrounding sex, sexuality, and sex therapy in the hopes of making these resources accessible for all.

Topics of interest: Sam is interested in exploring gender identity and sexual orientation, porn addiction, genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder, and sexual trauma.

Madison Chen

Madison Chen

Westland Researcher | Masters Student | Fall 2021 - Present

Madison (he/him) graduated from the University of British Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and music. Later, he studied business management in the UK and culinary arts in Ottawa. He has been a professional pastry chef since 2016. Madison is currently enrolled in the Masters of Counselling Psychology program at Adler University. He aspires to serve members of the LGBTQ2S+ and the Mandarin-speaking community upon graduation.

Why sexuality research? Madison believes that sex between consenting adults is a beautiful and exciting thing and that everyone should have the right to express and explore their sexuality openly and freely. Moreover, he thinks that we should be able to talk and learn about sex, sexuality and sexual dysfunctions without being paralyzed by guilt and shame. He hopes to contribute to developing content that educates practitioners to confidently address any issues brought on by their clients in a sex-positive and stigma-free manner.

Topics of interest: Research has shown that LGBTQ2S+ folks are 6 times more likely to be assaulted compared to their heterosexual counterpart. Madison hopes to learn more about trauma and its effects on queer folks and other marginalized communities, and how underrepresentation in the mental and physical healthcare system affects the way they seek help and support.

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

Dana Holkestad

Research Alumni 2020 - 2021

Debra Winter

Research Alumni 2020 - 2021

Parker Garrod

Research Alumni 2020 - 2021

Kirti Agarwal

Research Alumni 2019 - 2020

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

Justin Paulsen

Research Alumni 2020 - 2021

Stephanie Koutsoulianos

Research Alumni 2020 - 2021

Veronica Chase

Research Alumni 2019 - 2020

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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