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Laboratoire d'étude de la santé sexuelle

Unité de recherche facultaire Faculté des arts et des sciences
Département de psychologie
Secondary number: 514 343-6111 #47688 (Laboratoire)
Secondary email: (Personne contact)



Research units

  • Infrastructure du laboratoire d'étude de la santé sexuelle de la femme


Location on the University campus




At Université de Montreal

Support staff

  • Mylène Desrosiers - Coordonnatrice


Projects and funding

Publications and presentations



  • Benoit-Piau, J., Bergeron, S., Brassard, A., Dumoulin, C., Khalifé, S., Waddell, G., & Morin, M. (2018). Fear-avoidance and pelvic floor muscle function are associated with pain intensity in women with vulvodynia. Clinical Journal of Pain, 34(9), 804-810. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000604 
  • Bergeron, S., Merwin, K., Dube, J., & Rosen, N. O. (2018). Couple sex therapy versus group therapy for women with genito-pelvic pain. Current Sexual Health Reports, 10(128), 1-9. doi: 10.1007/s11930-018-0154-5
  • de Montigny Gauthier, L., Vaillancourt-Morel, M.P., Rellini, A., Godbout, N., Charbonneau-Lefebvre, V., Desjardins, F., & Bergeron, S. (2018). The risks of telling: A dyadic perspective on romantic partners’ responses to child sexual abuse disclosures and their associations with sexual and relationship satisfaction. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12345 
  • Fontaine, F., Dumoulin, C., Bergeron, S., Mayrand, M-H., Khalifé, S., Waddell, G., & Morin, M. (2018). Pelvic floor muscle morphometry and function in women with primary and secondary provoked vestibulodynia. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15(8), 1149-1157. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2018.06.001 

  • Glowacka, M., Bergeron. S., Delisle, I., & Rosen, N. O. (2018). Sexual distress mediates the associations between sexual contingent self-worth and well-being in women with genito-pelvic pain: A dyadic daily experience study. The Journal of Sex Research. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2018.1525334

  • Glowacka, M., Bergeron, S., Dubé, J., & Rosen, N.O. (2018). When self-worth is tied to the sexual and romantic relationship: Associations with well-being in couples coping with genito-pelvic pain. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(6), 1649-1661. doi: 10.1007/s10508-017-1126-y 

  • Jodouin, J.-F., Bergeron, S., Desjardins, F., & Janssen, E. (2018). Sexual behavior mediates the relationship between sexual motives and sexual outcomes: A daily diary study. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-12. 

  • Jodouin, J.F., Bergeron, S., & Janssen, E. (2018). The mediating role of sexual behavior in event-level associations between sexual difficulties and sexual satisfaction in newlywed couples. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 15(10), 1384-1392. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2018.08.010 

  • Muise, A., Bergeron, S., Impett, E., & Rosen, N.O. (2018). Communal motivation in couples coping with vulvodynia: Sexual distress mediates associations with pain, depression, and anxiety. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 106, 34-40. 

  • Pâquet, M., Rosen, N.O., Steben, M., Mayrand, M-H., Santerre-Baillargeon, M., & Bergeron, S. (2018). Daily anxiety and depressive symptoms in couples coping with vulvodynia: Associations with women's pain, women's sexual function and both partners' sexual distress. The Journal of Pain, 19, 552-561. doi: 10.1016/j.jpain.2017.12.264 

  • Rosen, N. O. & Bergeron, S. (2018). Genito-pelvic pain through a dyadic lens: Moving toward an Interpersonal Emotion Regulation Model of women’s sexual dysfunction. Annual Review of Sex Research, 1-22. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2018.1513987
  • Rosen, N.O., Muise, A., Impett, E., Delisle, I., Baxter, M.L., Bergeron, S. (2018). Sexual cues mediate the daily associations between interpersonal goals, pain, and well-being in couples coping with vulvodynia. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, 216-227. 

  • Santerre-Baillargeon, M., Rosen, N.O., Steben, M., Pâquet, M., Macabena Perez, R., Bergeron, S. (2018). Does self-compassion benefit couples coping with vulvodynia? Associations with psychological, sexual and relationship adjustment. The Clinical Journal of Pain, 34(7), 629-637. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000579 

  • Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P. & Bergeron, S. (2018). Self-perceived problematic pornography use: Beyond individual differences and religiosity [Commentary]. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1292-6 

  • Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Rellini, A., Godbout, N., Sabourin, S., & Bergeron, S. (2018). Intimacy mediates the relation between childhood maltreatment and sexual and relationship satisfaction: A dyadic longitudinal analysis. Archives of Sexual Behavior. doi: 10.1007/s10508-018-1309-1 

  • Vézina-Gagnon, P., Bergeron, S., Frappier, J-Y., & Daigneault, I. (2018). Genitourinary health of sexually abused girls and boys: A matched-cohort study. The Journal of Pediatrics, 194, 171-176. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.087 


  • Dubé, J.P., Bergeron, S., Muise, A., Impett, E., & Rosen, N.O. (2017). A comparison of approach and avoidance sexual goals in couples with provoked vestibulodynia and community controls. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14(11), 1412-1420. doi: 
  • McNicoll, G., Corsini-Munt, S., Rosen, N.O., McDuff, P., Bergeron, S. (2017). Sexual assertiveness mediates the associations between partner facilitative responses and sexual outcomes in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43(7), 663-677. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1230806 

  • Morin, M., Binik, Y. M., Bourbonnais, D., Khalifé, S., Ouellet, S., & Bergeron, S. (2017). Heightened pelvic floor muscle tone and altered contractility in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, 592-600. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.02.012 

  • Morin, M., Carroll, M.-S., & Bergeron, S. (2017). Systematic review of the effectiveness of physical therapy modalities in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Sexual Medicine Reviews, 5, 295-322. doi: 10.1016/j.sxmr.2017.02.003 

  • Muise, A., Bergeron, S., Impett, E. A., & Rosen, N.O. (2017). The costs and benefits of sexual communal motivation for couples coping with vulvodynia. Health Psychology, 36(8), 819-827. doi: 10.1037/hea0000470 

  • Pazmany, E., Ly, H.G., Aerts, L., Kano, M., Bergeron, S., Verhaeghe, J., Peeters, R., Tack, J., Dupont, P., Enzlin, P., & Van Oudenhove, L. (2017). Brain responses to vestibular pain and its anticipation in women with genito-pelvic pain/penetration disorder. NeuroImage: Clinical, 16, 477-490. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2017.07.017 

  • Pukall, C. F., Bergeron, S., Brown, C., Bachmann, G., & Wesselmann, U. (2017). Recommendations for self-report outcome measures in vulvodynia clinical trials. Clinical Journal of Pain, 33, 756-765. doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000453 

  • Rancourt, K. M., Flynn, M., Bergeron, S., & Rosen, N. O. (2017). It takes two: Sexual communication patterns and the sexual and relational adjustment of couples coping with provoked vestibulodynia. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14(3), 434-443. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2017.01.009 
  • Rosen, N. O., Dewitte, M., Merwin, K., & Bergeron, S. (2017). Interpersonal goals and wellbeing in couples coping with genito-pelvic pain. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(7), 2007-2019. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0877-1 
  • Santerre-Baillargeon, M., Vézina-Gagnon, P., Daigneault, I., Landry, T., & Bergeron, S. (2017). Anxiety mediates the relation between childhood sexual abuse and genito-pelvic pain in adolescent girls. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 43(8), 774-785. doi: 10.1080/0092623X.2016.1266539 
  • Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Blais-Lecours, S., Labadie, C., Bergeron, S., Sabourin, S., & Godbout, N. (2017). Profiles of cyberpornography use and sexual well-being in adults. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, 78-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.10.016 
  • Vaillancourt-Morel, M.-P., Blais-Lecours, S., Labadie, C., Bergeron, S., Sabourin, S., & Godbout, N. (2017). Response to editorial comment: “Profiles of cyberpornography use and sexual well-being in adults”. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, 87. doi : 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.11.320 
  • Vannier, S. A., Rosen, N. O., Bergeron, S., & Mackinnon, S. P. (2017). Maintaining affection despite pain: Daily associations between physical affection and sexual and relationship well-being in women with genito-pelvic pain. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 46(7), 2021-2031. doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0820-5 


  • Aerts, L., Bergeron, S., Pukall, C. F., & Khalifé, S. (2016). Provoked vestibulodynia: Does pain intensity correlate with sexual dysfunction and dissatisfaction? Journal of Sexual Medicine,13, 955–962. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.03.368 
  • Anderson, A.B., Rosen, N.O., Price, L., & Bergeron, S. (2016). Associations between penetration cognitions, genital pain and sexual well-being in women with provoked vestibulodynia. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 444-452. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2015.12.024 
  • Bergeron, S., Khalifé, S., Dupuis, M.-J., & McDuff, P. (2016). A randomized clinical trial comparing group cognitive-behavioral therapy and a topical steroid for women with dyspareunia. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84, 259-268. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000072 
  • Bois, K., Bergeron, S., Rosen, N., Mayrand, M-H., Brassard, A., & Sadikaj, G. (2016). Intimacy, sexual satisfaction and sexual distress in vulvodynia couples: An observational study. Health Psychology, 35, 531-540. doi: 10.1037/hea0000289 
  • Bornstein, J., Goldstein, A.T., Stockdale, C.T., Bergeron, S., Pukall, C.F., Zolnoun, D., & Coady, D. (2016). 2015 ISSVD, ISSWSH and IPPS Consensus terminology and classification of persistent vulvar pain and vulvodynia. Obstetrics & Gynecology, 127, 745–751. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000001359 
  • Corsini-Munt, S., Bergeron, S., Rosen, N.O., Beaulieu, N., & Steben, M. (2016). A dyadic perspective on childhood maltreatment for women with provoked vestibulodynia and their partners: Associations with pain, sexual and psychosocial functioning. The Journal of Sex Research, 54, 308-318. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2016.1158229 
  • Goldstein, A.T., Pukall, C.F., Brown, C., Bergeron, S., Stein, A., Kellogg-Spadt, S. (2016). Vulvodynia: Assessment and treatment. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 572-590. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2016.01.020 
  • Morin, M., Dumoulin, C., Bergeron, S., Mayrand, M.-H., Khalifé, S., Waddell, G., Dubois, M.-F., Provoked vestibulodynia Study Group. (2016). Randomized clinical trial of multimodal physiotherapy treatment compared to overnight lidocaine ointment in women with provoked vestibulodynia: Design and methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 46, 52-59. doi: 10.1016/j.cct.2015.11.013 
  • Pâquet, M., Bois, K., Rosen, N.O., Mayrand, M.H., Charbonneau-Lefebvre, V., & Bergeron, S. (2016). Why us? Perceived injustice is associated with more sexual and psychological distress in couples coping with genito-pelvic pain. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 79-87. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2015.11.007 
  • Pukall, C.F., Goldstein, A.T., Bergeron, S., Foster, D., Stein, A., Kellogg-Spadt, S., Bachmann, G. (2016). Vulvodynia: Definition, prevalence, impact, and pathophysiological factors. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 13, 291-304. doi: 10.1016/j.jsxm.2015.12.021 
  • Rancourt, K., Rosen, N.O., Bergeron, S., & Nealis, L. J. (2016). Talking about sex when sex is painful: Dyadic sexual communication is associated with women's pain, and couples' sexual and psychological outcomes in provoked vestibulodynia. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 1933-1944. doi: 10.1007/s10508-015-0670-6 
  • Rosen, N. O., Bois, K., Mayrand, M. H., Vannier, S., & Bergeron, S. (2016). Observed and perceived disclosure and empathy are associated with better relationship adjustment and quality of life in couples coping with vulvodynia. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 1945-1956.doi: 10.1007/s10508-016-0739-x 
  • Štulhofer, A., Bergeron, S., & Jurin, T. (2016). Is high sexual desire a risk for women’s relationship and sexual well-being? Journal of Sex Research, 53, 882-891. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2015.1084984 


  • Aerts, L., Bergeron, S., Corsini-Munt, S., Steben, M., & Pâquet, M. (2015). Are primary and secondary provoked vestibulodynia two different entities? A comparison of pain, psychosocial and sexual characteristics. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 12, 1463-1473. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12907 
  • Bergeron, S., Corsini-Munt, S., Aerts, L., Rancourt, K., & Rosen, N.O. (2015). Female sexual pain disorders: A review of the literature on etiology and treatment, Current Sexual Health Reports, 7, 159–169doi: 10.1007/s11930-015-0053-y 
  • Brassard, A., Dupuy, E., Bergeron, S., & Shaver, P.R. (2015). Attachment insecurities and women's sexual function and satisfaction: The mediating roles of sexual self-esteem, sexual anxiety, and sexual assertiveness. Journal of Sex Research, 52, 110-119. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2013.838744 
  • Davis, S.N., Bergeron, S., Bois, K., Sadikaj, G., Binik, Y.M., Steben, M. (2015). A prospective two-year examination of cognitive and behavioral predictors of provoked vestibulodynia outcomes. Clinical Journal of Pain, 31, 333-341. doi:10.1097/AJP.0000000000000128 
  • Davis, S.N., Bergeron, S., Sadikaj, G., Corsini-Munt, S., & Steben, M. (2015). Partner behavioral responses to pain mediate the relationship between part


  • Psychology

Areas of expertise

  • Sexuality
  • Comprendre et créer
  • La vie repensée
  • Couple and sexuality
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Complex post-traumatic stress
  • Teenager
  • Promoting motivation and well-being