Welcome to Sex Meets Relationships


Dr. O’Sullivan is a social psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick. She is also the director of the Sex and Relationships Lab.

Her work focuses primarily on sexual health, intimate relationships, and the affective and cognitive components of sexual decision-making of young adults and adolescents. She held a Canada Research Chair in Adolescents’ Sexual Health Behaviour (2006-2016) and has received a wide range of funding from federal agencies (e.g., NIH, CIHR, SSHRC) and private foundations (e.g., Ford, NBHRF) to support her work.

Other studies address the development, maintenance, and breakup of intimate relationships, as well as the role of gender in romantic and sexual experiences. 

Her research program frequently incorporates studies and collaborations that are international (e.g., South Africa, Guatemala, India, US, UK) and interdisciplinary.

She is active on a wide range of editorial boards, is Associate Editor of the Journal of Sex Research, and has published extensively in research journals and books. Her research has appeared in the Globe and Mail, National Post, and CBC.


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Meet the research team at the UNB Sex and Relationships Lab.

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