Research Team

Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel

Director

Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel is the Director of the SAIL Lab and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the Université Laval and then a postdoctoral fellowship at the Université de Montréal. She is also a registered clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on sexuality, couple, and trauma, mainly on the effects of childhood interpersonal trauma and pornography use on couples’ sexual well-being. 

Beáta Bőthe

Postdoctoral Fellow

Beáta is a post-doctoral fellow in Psychology at the Université de Montréal since May 2019 under the supervision of Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal) and Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel, Ph.D. (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières). She is receiving financial support from the Team SCOUP – Sexuality and Couples, funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQSC). In her work, she focuses on problematic and non-problematic pornography use and compulsive sexual behaviors and she is also interested in behavioral addictions and online activities. Beáta obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology at the Eötvös Loránd University (Hungary) supervised by Zsolt Demetrovics and Gábor Orosz. Her thesis examined the similarities and dissimilarities between hypersexuality and problematic pornography use. During her Ph.D., she held a scholarship in the New National Excellence Program of the Ministry of Human Capacities (2018-2019) and received the Sapere Aude Junior Award (2018). She is the recipient of the SSTAR Sandra R. Leiblum Student Research Award 2020.

Marie-Chloé Nolin

Graduate Student

Marie-Chloé holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the Université Laval and is a PhD student in Research Psychology and Intervention at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières since September 2019. Her research interests mainly focus on understanding how pornography can be associated with sexual fantasies and couple’s sexuality. Marie-Chloé received scholarships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) for 2019-2020 and from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et Culture (FRQSC) for 2020-2021.

Carolyne Gosselin

Graduate Student

Carolyne obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Université Laval in 2019 and is now a doctoral student (intervention profile) at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières since fall 2019. Carolyne’s research interests include childhood maltreatment, romantic relationships and couple sexuality, and her clinical interests include marital therapy and sexual abuse. She received a scholarship from the Centre de recherche interdisciplinaire sur les problèmes conjugaux et les agressions sexuelles (CRIPCAS) for 2019-2020.

Jordane Trépanier

Graduate Student

Jordane holds a bachelor/master’s degree in occupational therapy from the Université de Sherbrooke and is a D.Ps. student in Clinical Psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières since September 2018. For her doctoral essay, she is co-supervised by Dr Yvan Lussier and Dr Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel. Her research interests focus on the influence of social media, digital technologies and attachment on young adults’ romantic relationships including sexuality. Jordane received the Governor General’s Academic Medal at the Université de Sherbrooke, the student award from the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the student award at the Merit Gala of the Université de Sherbrooke. She was also the recipient of a scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) for the year 2018-2019. 

Mandy Vasquez

Graduate Student

Mandy is newly graduated from the Université de Montréal where she completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She accomplished her Honor program under Dr Sophie Bergeron’s supervision. Thus, in September 2020 she started her first year as a PhD student in Clinical Psychology (R/I) at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Her research interests include pornography, sexting, domestic violence, spousal homicide, sexual violence as well as sexual well-being.

Mégane Michaud

Graduate Student

Mégane is a Ph.D. student in psychology (research) at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières since Septembre 2020. For her thesis, she is co-supervised by Dr Simon Rigoulot and Dr Marie-Pier Vaillancourt-Morel. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. Her research interests focus on the use of psychotropic drugs, hostility, sexuality, cognitive process and delinquency.

Elsa Villeneuve

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Elsa is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She is pursuing her undergraduate research project under Dr Vaillancourt-Morel’s supervision (2020-2021). She joined the SAIL Lab in May 2020. Her areas of research interests include legal psychology, pornography use, sexuality among couples and sex work. She is currently the president of the “Association des étudiants en sexologie de l’UQTR” for a second term.

Marianne Charest

Research assistant

Marianne is an undergraduate student in psychology at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She joined the SAIL Lab as a research assistant in the summer of 2019 and then completed her undergraduate research project under Dr Vaillancourt-Morel’s supervision (2019-2020). Marianne has a variety of clinical interests including relationships, anxiety, depressive disorders and suicide prevention.

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