This cutting-edge research infrastructure will allow the study of the interpersonal processes involved in marital and sexual functioning. The newly renovated space will be located in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal. State-of-the-art equipment will allow, among other things, the observation of marital interactions and the evaluation of physiological phenomena in the laboratory and in the couples’ natural environment.
The research carried out in the laboratory will focus on various risk factors (e.g., child abuse and violence in romantic relationships) and protective factors (e.g., intimacy and attachment) central to relational and sexual well-being.
The CLOSE lab will bring tangible and direct benefits for Quebecers and Canadians at the scientific, academic, practical and social levels. The studies carried out will allow the identification of modifiable interpersonal processes that can be targeted via psychological interventions aimed at countering the harmful effects of childhood maltreatment and partner violence, as well as promoting relational and sexual well-being.
This research will be carried out in collaboration with Sophie Bergeron, Ph.D. and Katherine Péloquin, Ph.D., professors in the Department of Psychology at the Université de Montréal.