Participate in Research

Below is a list of research studies that are currently open for participation. Although we do require that researchers confirm that their studies have been approved by an Institutional Review Board before being included in this list, please note that these studies are not sponsored or endorsed by unless otherwise noted, and we are not responsible for the content of the research projects listed below. Any questions or concerns you have about a particular study listed below should directed to the researcher responsible for the study.

If you are a researcher and would like your project listed below, see here.

Couples Experiencing Low Sexual Desire or Interest 

  • The purpose of this study is to understand possible protective factors – meaning aspects of the relationship that might promote or interfere with sexual desire, as well as sexual and relationship satisfaction – that might help couples dealing with low sexual desire and arousal.
  • The individual with low sexual interest/desire who is interested in participating will be asked to complete two phone calls, which should take about 30 minutes in total. 
  • If eligible, then we will send both you and your partner a survey by email, which can be completed online and should take 60-75 minutes to complete.
  • One year later, we will send you another, shorter survey by email. Inclusion criteria: To be eligible to participate, both partners must agree and be in a committed romantic relationship together for at least 6 months, be 18 years or older, reside in Canada or the United States, be able to read and understand English, and not currently pregnant or within one year postpartum. Additional eligibility criteria may apply. This study aims to be inclusive to individuals of all gender identities, bodies, and orientations.
  • Compensation: Each member of the couple receives a $18CDN (or $15 USD) Amazon gift card when you each complete the first survey. When you complete the second, shorter survey one year later, each of you will receive a $10 CDN (or $8 USD) Amazon gift certificate. We will also provide you with some online resources regarding low sexual desire and arousal in relationships and how to seek help if you wish. 
  • Researcher: Serena Corsini-Munt, Postdoctoral Fellow, Dalhousie University,  
  • Study Ends: January 31, 2018
  • Click here to participate

Transition to Parenthood Study

  • Participants will have to complete an eligibility screening via phone. Each partner will be asked to fill out a confidential online survey (approximately 45-60 min) about their sexual and romantic relationship at 7 time-points: 18- and 32-weeks pregnancy, and 2-weeks and 3-, 6-, 9-, and 12-months postpartum.
  • This study is open to couples who are 12-18 weeks pregnant with their first child (singleton pregnancies only). You must be involved in a romantic relationship, living together for at least 6 months, fluent in English, have access to personal e-mail addresses, can complete online surveys, and live in the U.S. or Canada. 
  • Compensation: $105 CAD or $81 USD EACH for completing all surveys in the study
  • Researcher: Amy Muise, Assistant Professor, York University:
  • Study ends: December 30, 2017
  • Click here to participate

Sexual Satisfaction Across Diverse Relationship Types

  • We are interested in the factors that influence how diverse types of individuals experience sexual and relationship satisfaction.
  • Only people who are currently in a romantic relationship are eligible to participate.
  • No compensation
  • Researcher: Dr. Terri Conley, University of Michigan:
  • Study ends: December 31, 2017
  • Click here to participate

Post Coital Experience Survey

  • How do you feel after sex? There is emerging literature on the counter-intuitive phenomena of Post Coital Dysphoria (PCD), which is characterised by feelings of sadness, melancholy, tearfulness, or irritability after otherwise satisfactory consensual sex (Sadock & Sadock, 2014). This experience, depending on severity, can be very troubling for individuals and their partners and may inhibit sexual functioning. We're looking for sexually active participants of all orientations who are over 18 to complete an anonymous online survey which will take approximately 30 minutes.
  • Open to all sexually active participants who are over 18
  • No compensation
  • Researcher: Joel Maczkowiack, Graduate Student, Queensland University of Technology:
  • Study ends: August 31, 2017
  • Click here to participate

Couples Daily Experiences Study

  • This is a 3 week daily diary study that will ask about challenging and hurtful experiences with your partner as well as your sexual relationship with each other. You and your partner will first complete a 1.5 hour questionnaire and then a short, 10 minute questionnaire every evening for 21 days. Please call 778‐782‐7155 or email for more details.
  • This study is open to couples in their 1st marriage, no children, Canadian, ages 19-45
  • Compensation: $135 CAD per couple
  • Researcher: Daniel Doerksen, Research Assistant, Simon Fraser University:
  • Study ends: August 31, 2017
  • Click here to learn more


Our colleague Justin Lehmiller hosts a page that lists online studies related to sex and sexuality; check out those opportunities to participate in research on his site.