About Us

The Observations and Research in Gender and Sexuality Matters (O.R.G.A.S.M) Human Sexuality Lab in the Department of Psychology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is where we actively explore issues in human sexuality such as sexual orientation, commercial sex, and atypical sexuality, and attempt to educate the public on the various misconceptions around these topics that remain so prevalent in our society.

Topics of the O.R.G.A.S.M Lab also represent the diverse interests of our lab’s membership.  Under the tutelage of Dr. Cory Pedersen, the O.R.G.A.S.M. lab’s members have been able to turn their wide variety of gender and sexuality interests into original and innovative research studies. Please see individual descriptions of each of our lab members and their research interests both on this page and on our Projects page.

The lab has been active for many years now and we’ve seen lab members move on to other adventures.  All current members acknowledge the hard work of establishing this lab – and the previous research – contributed by retired members including: Katheryn Morrison, Briana Cook, and Maria Goldin.


Cory Pedersen (Director)

Cory Pedersen earned her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2004.  After teaching many years as a graduate student at UBC and sessional instructor at Kwantlen, Cory was hired full time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2005. Her interest in human sexuality began in 2007, with research on developmental trends […]

Amanda Champion (Lab Manager)

Amanda graduated from the Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology Honours program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (with distinction) in 2014. She showcased her honours thesis, Investigating the Differences between Sexters and Non-Sexters on Attitudes, Subjective Norms, & Risky Sexual Behaviours at the Association for Psychological Science Convention in San Francisco on May 23rd 2014. She feels […]

Brodie Lewis

Brodie Lewis is a recent graduate from KPU. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and with a minor in philosophy.  He recently had a co-authored paper on exotic dance accepted for publication in the journal Sexuality and Culture.  Areas of interest in human sexuality include the complex and contentious relationship between masculinity and male […]

Cassandra Hesse

Cassandra graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2016 with an Honours degree in Psychology. She has been a member of the Observations and Research in Gender and Sexuality Matters Lab in the Department of Psychology at Kwantlen since 2012.  Recently, her co-authored paper on exotic dance was accepted for publication in the journal Sexuality and […]

Jenn Clark

Jenn Clark graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University with a BA in psychology in 2013 and is currently enrolled in graduate studies at UBC. Her primary research interests include: the distinct differences between sexual orientation and gender; homophobic humor and its implications; and patriarchal sex practices. Other research interests include: gender, sexual orientation, and stereotyping. In her spare […]

Alex Parsons

Alex Parsons received her BA in psychology (honours) with a minor in counselling from KPU in May 2014. She has almost completed her MA in Counselling Psychology at Simon Fraser University on a full SSHRC scholarship and has been accepted to complete her PhD in the Gender, Race, Sexuality, & Social Justice program at UBC. Her […]

Jordan Gruenhage

Jordan graduated with his B.A. in psychology and a minor in counselling (with distinction) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in May 2015.  Through his studies, he has developed research interests in gender construction and sexuality, and the interplay of these elements with identity perception and formation.  He is presently working toward his MA degree in Counseling Psychology […]

Kailie Brown

Kailie is a current honours student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, working on completing her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in Counselling. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Kailie hopes to attend graduate school to further her education and skills in Counselling. Her main interests in human sexuality research relate to […]

Kaylee Skoda

Kaylee Skoda graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2016 with an Honours degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling. She plans to continue studying human sexuality at the graduate level with career aspirations to become a sexual therapist. Of particular personal interest, Kaylee is fascinated in the research of pornography and the effect that it […]

Amy Pedersen

Amy Pedersen graduated in 2016 from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology and a minor in counselling. Amy’s research interests include sexual orientation, gender roles and sexual variance. Upon graduation, Amy intends to take some time off and hop a plane down to the land of koalas and kangaroos and […]