The KLB Research Lab @ StFX
Are you looking for student research opportunities? KLB Research welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from near and far. Graduate opportunities are provided through the MSc in Clinical Psychology program at Acadia University with research supervision under Dr. Blair at St. Francis Xavier University. Post-Doc supervision is also available at St. Francis Xavier or Acadia Universities. If you are interested in pursuing post-doctoral funding (e.g., SSHRC, CIHR), please contact Dr. Blair.
If you are seeking supervision of your honours thesis or would like to volunteer in the lab, please complete the Application Form found here. If you have questions, please send an email to Dr. Blair. To learn more about the research conducted by KLB Research, click here.
Nicole is a second year Master's of Science student at Acadia University who will be working on the dynamics of relationship disapproval study for her Master's Thesis research. Dr. Holmberg will be Nicole's co-supervisor. Nicole is a NSHRF Scotia Scholar supported by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.
Chelsea is an incoming Master's of Science student at Acadia University who will be working on a study examining the health implications of affection in same-sex vs. mixed-sex relationships. Chelsea is a NSHRF Scotia Scholar supported by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.
Marissa joined the lab in June 2019 as an incoming Master’s student at Acadia University. Marissa’s thesis will focus on public affection sharing in inter-racial couples and she will be co-supervised by Dr. Holmberg.
Kayleigh is a 3rd year Honours student in Psychology at St. Francis Xavier University and will be working on a summer research project with Dr. Blair in the KLB Research Lab as well as Dr. Angela Weaver (StFX) and Dr. Rhea Hoskin (Queen’s). Kayleigh’s research will be exploring sexual satisfaction, functioning and orgasm experiences for transgender women. Kayleigh’s research is supported by an NSHRF Scotia Scholar Award.
Lauren is a second year student in Biology at St. Francis Xavier University. She has been awarded an Irving Mentorship Award to complete a summer research fellowship with the KLB Research Lab. She’ll be working on our Online Attitudes & Opinions Survey and conducting cross-cultural research on political and social attitudes.
Steve is an undergraduate student at Acadia University working on the PDA Observation study.
Audrey Gunn is an Honours Thesis student at St. Francis Xavier University in the KLB Research lab being co-supervised by Dr. Rhea Hoskin. Her thesis will use Sexual Configurations Theory (Dr. Sari van Anders) to explore visual aesthetics of sexual minority women.
Odessa completed her honours thesis as a Human Kinetics student at St. Francis Xavier University in the KLB Research Lab. Her thesis examined the health implications of same-sex vs. mixed-sex public displays of affection and she also helped to run an observation study of affection practices in public. She was being supported by a NSHRF Scotia Scholar award and was also a recipient of the Best Short Oral presentation in the SOGII Section of CPA at the 2019 conference.
Previously my student at the University of Utah, Kay recently defended her Master's thesis at Acadia University. Her thesis examined the predictors of whether or not we are likely to trust a family or friend's disapproving opinion of our romantic relationship. She was co-supervised by Dr. Diane Holmberg and her external examiner was Dr. Susan Sprecher, the current president if IARR. Kay was a NSHRF Scotia Scholar supported by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation during both years of her program and was also supported by a Nova Scotia Graduate award. To read more about Kay's work, please Click Here.
Thesis: Evaluating social network members' disapproving opinions in romantic relationships: A comparison between marginalized and non-marginalized relationships.
Emilia Lorenz completed her honours thesis examining the facial expressions of individuals witnessing same-sex public displays of affection. In particular, she explored the ANCODI hypothesis to determine whether expressions of anger, contempt and disgust would be associated with more negative evaluations of the PDAs witnessed. Emilia graduated in May 2018 and has returned home to Germany.
Thesis: The facial emotions of sexual prejudice.
Carley Hegarty graduated in May 2018 after completing her honours thesis on the processes of providing disapproval for another person's romantic relationships.
Thesis: To tell or not to tell? An examination of disclosing disapproval from the social network member's perspective.
Craig Duininck was an undergraduate student at St. Francis Xavier University in the Schwartz School of Business who completed his Honours Thesis in Entrepreneurship during the 2017-2018 academic year within the KLB Research lab. Craig's research examined the impact of individual recognition within teams on individual and team performance. Craig was awarded the prestigious Irving Fellowship from St. Francis Xavier University to help support his thesis research during the summer of 2017. He received a silver medal at Student Research Day in 2018 for presenting his honours thesis work and graduated in May 2018.
Breanna completed her honours thesis on the psychophysiology of sexual prejudice. A manuscript based on her thesis was published just 1 month after she graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a BSc(Honours) degree in May 2017. Breanna is now the Gender and Sexual Diversity Advisor at St. Francis Xavier University where she continues to conduct LGBTQ research with the KLB Research Lab.
Thesis: The psychophysiology of sexual prejudice.
Manuscript: What do two men kissing and a bucket of maggots have in common? Heterosexual men's indistinguishable salivary alpha amylase responses to photos of two men kissing and disgusting images.
Lana completed her thesis research on the role that socio-economic status plays in moderating the association between being "out" as a sexual or gender minority and mental/physical health. She was a recipient of the undergraduate Scotia Scholar (OM) Award by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. She is now pursuing the Physician's Assistant program at McMaster University.
Thesis: Is being out as a sexual minority always good for your health? An examination of socio-economic status as a potential moderating factor.
Ryan Moult completed his undergraduate degree at Acadia University. His honours thesis examined how individuals make decisions about when, whether, and how to share their disapproval of a loved one's romantic relationship.
Karen Stovall completed her Honours Psychology degree at the University of Utah. She completed her Honours Thesis research on the reasons that couples decide to live together. Karen is now a graduate student at the University of Utah.
Thesis: Reasons for living together as predictors of relationship stability and satisfaction in same- and mixed-sex relationships.
Kathryn (Kay) Jenson completed her BA in Psychology at the University of Utah. She completed a senior research project examining sexual scripts and sexual satisfaction in same- and mixed-sex relationships.
Senior Project: Gender differences in sexual scripts and levels of sexual satisfaction based on individuals in same- and mixed-sex relationships.
Sydney is a 4th year Applied Psychology undergraduate student at Acadia University. She is working on an independent research project focusing on development and expression of relationship disapproval/approval.
Student Travel Fund
One of the most important (and exciting/sometimes terrifying) parts of being a student researcher is getting the opportunity to present your work at academic conferences. Some of the conferences that my students will attend to present their work include the Annual Meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS), the Annual Convention for the Canadian Psychological Association, the International Association of Relationships Research Conference, and CONGRESS. Attending conferences provides students with experience presenting their research to other scholars, networking opportunities, and exposure to cutting edge research in their field from around the world. Travel to conferences is often beyond the budget of individual students, so additional help is often needed. In order to help as many of my students achieve their goals of presenting their research, I have created a Patron Page on the Patreon Funding Site, in order to allow anyone to contribute to the KLB Research Student Travel Fund. Want to contribute? Click Here!