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Dr. Krystelle Shaughnessy (C. Psych) founded the Individual and Social Influences of Technology laboratory (INSITE lab) in the spring of 2015. The members of the INSITE lab conduct research focused on how people use modern technology, particularly Internet and mobile technologies, and how these technologies influence and are influenced by social and individual factors such as people’s beliefs, emotions, functioning, well-being, and social environment. We use social, clinical, and cyberpsychological theories and methods to examine diverse topics related to this broad research theme. Please browse through our website to learn more about us and our research. 

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Team Members

  • Shaughnessy, Krystelle Ph.D., C. Psych.

    Krystelle Shaughnessy

Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Program

Ph.D University of New Brunswick, 2013
M.A. Acadia University, 2007
B.A. University of Ottawa, 2005

Room: Vanier, 4013
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 8701
Work E-mail:

Biography: As Director and founder of the INSITE lab, Dr. Shaughnessy (she/her/they) is involved in all of the lab projects. She started her program of research focused on people’s use of technology for sexual activities in collaboration with Sandra Byers, Ph.D. She expanded her research to examine how people high in social anxiety use technology for social activities during a post-doctoral fellowship with David Moscovitch, Ph.D. Currently, she is focused on theoretically-driven cybersexuality research, and developing reliable, valid, and inclusive research methods. Dr. Shaughnessy occasionally pursues other research related to her broad interests in human sexuality, cognitive-behavioural theory, and evidence-based clinical psychology practice. For information about her teaching and other university activities, please visit her uOttawa profile page.

Graduate students
  • Marilyn Ashley B.Sc. (Hons)

    Marilyn Ashley
    Graduate Student, Experimental Psychology Program
    B.Sc. (Hons) Carleton University, 2017

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    Biography: Marilyn (she/her/they/them) is an Experimental Psychology graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Shaughnessy. Her master’s level research was focused on the effects of survey experience on inefficient effort responding to online surveys. She also is assisting with projects related to technology-mediated sexual interactions, comfort with sexual communication, and sexual minority people’s sexual scripts. Marilyn’s SSHRC funded doctoral research focuses on the congruence of lesbian women’s sexual self-concepts in online and offline contexts. Marilyn’s research interests include the integration of technology within sexuality and gender frameworks and the conception and execution of best practice research methods in psychology.

  • Justine Braham B.A. (Hons)

    Justine Braham

Ph.D Student, University of Ottawa
B.A. (Hons)
B.A Psychology (Hons), University of Guelph

Biography: Justine (she/her) is a second-year Clinical Psychology graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Shaughnessy. She has been a member of the lab since May 2017, participating in a variety of sexuality research activities and general research administration. She currently is involved in the technology-mediated sexual interaction measure development project, a sex and anxiety scoping review, and a qualitative online rejection study. Justine’s SSHRC funded dissertation focuses on aggressive responses to online romantic and sexual rejection. Justine's research interests include sexuality, gender differences and feminist issues, sexual orientations, and technology-mediated sexual behaviours. 

  • Erin Leigh Courtice B.Sc. (Hons)

    Erin Leigh Courtice

Graduate Student, Experimental Psychology Program
B.Sc. (Hons) University of Toronto, 2014
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2248
Work E-mail:
Biography: Erin (she/her/they/them) is a PhD Candidate in Experimental Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Shaughnessy and a Part-Time Professor at uOttawa. In collaboration with Dr. Shaughnessy, Erin has conducted a systematic review of the empirical literature on sexting, cybersex, and phone sex, suggesting that these activities be conceptualized within the unified construct of ‘technology-mediated sexual interactions’. Erin’s doctoral research is supported by the SSHRC doctoral fellowship, and focuses on people’s motivations for and outcomes of using technology-mediated sexual interactions in their romantic relationships. Presently, Erin is also conducting research on people’s experiences with compliant and non-consensual technology-mediated sexual interactions. She also regularly assists with other projects in the INSITE lab. Erin’s research interests are focused in Cyperpsychology, specifically how people’s interpersonal interactions change (and remain the same) when conducted through technology.


  • Pari-Gole Noorishad

    Pari-Gole Noorishad

    B.A. (Hons), University of Ottawa

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    Biography: Pari-Gole (she/her) is a Clinical Psychology graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Shaughnessy. She joined the INSITE lab as a volunteer research assistant in September 2017. Currently, she is involved in research on technology-mediated sexual interactions (TMSI), on sexual consent within TMSI, and on technology use during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her research interests include human sexuality, TMSI, sexual consent, and intersectional research methods.


Undergraduate Students
  • Sarah Crookall

Sarah Crookall

Biography: Sarah (she/her) is a fourth-year undergraduate in the Honours Bachelor of Arts Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. Sarah began volunteering with the INSITE lab in early 2019 on a qualitative Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project (UROP) focused on consent and people’s use of Technology Mediated Sexual Interactions (TMSI) in various relationship contexts (with graduate student Erin Courtice). In 2020, Sarah contributed to a manuscript about new technology use among romantic partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, Sarah helps to organize the lab knowledge mobilization plan and social media strategy.


  • Stéphanie Drouin

Stephanie Drouin

Biography: Stéphanie (she/her) is a fourth-year student at the University of Ottawa completing an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She joined the INSITE Laboratory in spring 2019 as a volunteer research assistant. In 2019-20, Stéphanie completed a UROP project in which she examined the extent to which the Big Five personality characteristics predicted online and offline sexual self-disclosure. Now, Stéphanie is assisting Marilyn Ashley with a literature scoping review related to the sexual scripts, norms, and schemas of sexual minority people. In winter 2021, Stéphanie will do a Directed Research project focused on knowledge mobilization using YouTube.


  • Abraar Elmi

Abraar Elmi

Biography: Abraar (she/her) is a fourth-year student completing her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Ottawa. She is completing her honours thesis in the INSITE laboratory. She began working with the lab in May 2020. Currently Abraar is involved in research involving technology-mediated sexual interactions (TMSI), gender, and sexuality.


  • Yessenia Escobar

Yessenia Escobar

Biography: Yessenia (she/her) is a second-year student at the University of Ottawa completing an Honors Bachelor of Social Science specialised in Criminology. Yessenia began volunteering with the INSITE lab as an administrative assistant in the fall of 2020. 


  • Léa Gakima

Lea Gakima

Biography: Léa (she/her) is a 4th year student at the University of Ottawa. She joined the INSITE Laboratory in September 2020 to write her Honours’ Thesis under the supervision of Dr. Shaughnessy. Currently, Léa is working on research about knowledge dissemination on social media, specifically Instagram and YouTube.


  • Alexandra Liepmann

Alexandra Liepmann

Biography: Alexandra (she/her) is a fourth-year student at the University of Ottawa completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She joined the INSITE Laboratory in January 2020 as a volunteer research assistant. Currently, Alexandra is completing her honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Krystelle Shaughnessy. Alexandra is conducting a fine-grained sentiment and content analysis on the #MeToo movement.


  • Sara Moazami

Sara Moazami

Biography: Sara (she/her) is a fourth-year student at the University of Ottawa completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Criminology. Sara joined the INSITE lab in October 2018 as a UROP student, during which she examined a revised measure of sexual communication between sexual partners. Sara is now a volunteer research assistant at the INSITE lab and is involved in research related to sexual communication.

Research Assistants
  • Claudelle Abdo

    Claudelle Abdo
B.A. (Hons), University of Ottawa
Biography: Claudelle (She/They) recently graduated from the Honours Bachelor of Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. They joined the INSITE Lab as a volunteer research assistant in Spring 2019. They have recently assisted Erin Courtice with study on technology-mediated sexual interactions. Currently, they are assisting Konrad Czechwoski on a study researching the ethical use of data provided by people who belong to the trans community under the supervision of Krystelle Shaughnessy.
  • Konrad Czechowski

    Konrad Czechowski

    Doctoral Student, Clinical Psycholog
    M.A. Experimental Psychology, University of Ottawa, 2018
    B.A. (Hons), University of Ottawa, 2014

    Biography: Konrad (he) is a graduate student collaborator with the INSITE lab. Konrad's thesis supervisor is Dr. John Sylvestre with whom he does research primarily in the area of housing and homelessness and is working on a thesis on sexual and romantic relationships among people who are homeless. Konrad's involvement with the INSITE lab started with a multi-study project on non-consensual condom removal, a project that is still ongoing and in its second study. Konrad has contributed to a number of projects in collaboration with other students in the lab, and with Dr. Shaughnessy including one about disproportionate responses to romantic and sexual rejection. Konrad's latest project with Dr. Shaughnessy for which we are currently recruiting participants is on the ethical use of data provided by people who belong to the trans community – a mixed-methods project that follows a participatory research design.


  • Morgan Joseph

Morgan Joseph

B.A. (Hons), University of Ottawa, 2020
Biography: Morgan (she/her) is a past honours thesis student of Dr. Shaughnessy and graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Arts Psychology program with French Immersion at the University of Ottawa. Currently, she is preparing a manuscript on sexual self-disclosure in online and offline contexts. She is also assisting in research on motives for online sexual activity and the #MeToo movement with Alexandra Liepmann.
  • Caitlyn Kay

    Caitlyn Kay

B.A. (Hons), University of Ottawa
Biography: Caitlyn (she/her) is a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Psychology program at the University of Ottawa. She joined the INSITE Lab in 2018 as a research assistant. In 2018-19, she completed her Honour’s thesis and conducted research with Dr. Shaughnessy and Erin Leigh Courtice on the moral acceptability and definitions of “ghosting”.



  • Erin Laverty

    Erin Laverty

    M.Sc., Trent University, 2017
    B.A. (Hons), University of Ottawa, 2015
    Biography: Erin (she/her) is a volunteer research assistant at the INSITE Laboratory. She has a B.A. in Psychology (University of Ottawa) and an M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology (Trent University). Erin has been a volunteer at the INSITE lab since May 2020. Erin assists with various research projects and social media activities in the lab. Currently, she is involved in research on sex scripts, non-consensual condom removal, and technology use with romantic and sexual partners.


  • Lucas Walters

Lucas Walters

Doctoral Student, Clinical Psychology
B.Sc (Hons) Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Biography: Lucas is a Clinical Psychology graduate student and research assistant with the INSITE lab. Lucas has been involved with the lab since moving to Ottawa in 2019. Currently, he is involved in research related to condom use and the development of a measure of condom fit and feel. Outside of the lab, Lucas works with his supervisor Dr. Martin Lalumière and studies sexual attraction across the lifespan. He is broadly interested in measure development, human sexual attraction, and paraphilias.
  • Asrat, Yodit

  • Borisevich, Severina B.A.

  • Clark, Kelsey

  • Dewalt, Sarah

  • Flegar, Alaina

  • Khouani, Zaki

  • Levaque, Enya B.A. (Hons)

  • Tutino, Jessica

Research at the Laboratory

Online and Mobile Social Science Research Methods


Cyberpsychology is an emerging field that examines the impact of mobile, new, and emerging technologies on human behaviour. Cyberpsychologists are interested in human interactions with technologies and the application of psychological principles to these interactions. Our lab is consistently working towards applying and extending cyberpsychology theories, concepts, and hypotheses to all the work we do.

Social media

Social media are popular, ever-evolving Internet-based applications that people use to create content, exchange content, share content, and connect or interact with others. People who use social media produce large amounts of data on these services that could be beneficial for researchers studying a wide range of individual and social phenomenon. However, sound research methods for using social media as a passive research tool are only beginning to emerge.


Dr. Shaughnessy collaborated with Drs. Colin Robertson and Ketan Shankardass from Wilfrid Laurier University, Rob Feick from the University of Waterloo, and Martin Sykora and Suzanne Elayan from Loughborough University (UK) to develop Stresscapes – an ontology for Twitter that captures people’s level of stress experienced or described in Tweets. While doing so, we also proposed a Unified Ecological Framework to account for the many ways people’s physical and digital worlds connect to impact their well-being.

We are using the new method to improve knowledge on how people experience and express emotions and stress, and the complex relationships between these experiences and their social context, geographical environments, and wellbeing/health. For example, we are examining community health and resilience and the emotional content related to the #MeToo Movement. The #MeToo movement became popular in 2017 and involved people across the world sharing their experiences of sexual violence. The movement began on Twitter and then moved to other online platforms.

Status: Manuscripts published; Manuscript preparation; Data analyses.

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014-18); Saint Michael's Angel’s Den (2018-2020).

We continue to seek partners interested in new applications for this tool or to collaborate on data-triangulation (i.e., connecting with other data sources) projects. For a representation of our work with this research method, please see:

Using geolocated social media for ecological momentary assessments of emotion: Innovative opportunities in psychological science and practice. Canadian Psychology.

Personal Activity Centres and Geosocial Data Analysis: Combining Big Data with Small Data. Societal Geo-innovation. AGILE 2017.

Social Tech and Physical Distance Study (STPD)

The Social Tech and Physical Distance Study (STPD) is an online survey study to examine adults' use of technologies for social connections during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. We have collected data at three different time points, and we will use the data for multiple manuscripts/sub-studies. We will complete the diffusion of findings on STPD in Winter 2021. Additionally, we have been using participants' answers to share tips, tricks, and ideas on how to use technology during COVID-19 on our social media (Twitter: @uoINSITE and Instagram: @uoinsite).

Status: Manuscripts in preparation; Conference presentations presented and to be presented.


Ghosting is a relationship dissolution or breakup strategy which involves cutting off all contact with a former partner and by ignoring their attempts to reach out, without providing an explanation. Although ghosting is a term that is frequently used in pop culture, few researchers have empirically assessed ghosting. Two members of the lab supervised by Dr. Shaughnessy, Caitlyn and Erin, conducted a study to examine the extent to which people’s beliefs about the moral acceptability of ghosting varied depending on the contexts of the relationship in which ghosting occurred, and the individual levels of interpersonal anxiety.

Status: Manuscripts in preparation; Conference presentations completed.



Cybersexuality is the intersection between cyberpsychology and sexuality. It is a broad term to refer to theory and research from varying domains of inquiry on human sexuality that includes the use of technologies, or content, media, and communication via technologies. Cybersexuality research can be about how people use technology for sexual purposes alone or with others, and what the outcomes of these are. It can also be about about how technologies and media influence and are influenced by sexuality phenomenon such as sexual culture, beliefs, experiences, consent, development, atypical or illegal sexual behaviours, etc. E-health and mobile-health related to sexuality, technology tools for education or sexual pleasure, and technology and sexual attractions all fit within cybersexuality.

In the INSITE lab, we focus primarily on technology-mediated sexual behaviours and their role in people’s lives. We aim to assume a neutral stance in our approach to understanding these.

Technology-Mediated Sexual Interactions (TMSI)

Technology-Mediated Sexual Interactions (TMSI) is a term we coined in the lab (Courtice & Shaughnessy, 2017). It refers to any interaction with specified other person(s), that occurs via communication technology, and includes exchanging, sending, or receiving self-created, sexually explicit content. TMSI integrates sexting (i.e., sending, receiving and/or exchanging photos, videos, auditory messages, text messages through a cellular phone) and cybersex (i.e., sending, receiving and/or exchanging photos, videos, auditory messages, text messages through Internet-based platforms) with phone sex, virtual sex, avatar sex, and haptic sex. All these technology-based activities incorporate the same behaviour: exchanging self-created, sexually explicit content through communication technology.

We are developing a comprehensive measure that includes all forms of TMSI for research use. We have completed a literature review, cognitive interviews, pilot survey, and expert survey for the English measure. We are collecting psychometric data and translating the measure to French.

Status: Data collection; Translation.

Funding: University of Ottawa Seed Funding (2017-18), Bridge Funding (2020-21).

Graduate students in the lab are leading studies on approach-avoidance motivations and TMSI, and non-consensual TMSI.

Online Sexual Activity

Online sexual activity (OSA) refers to any behavior or activity that occurs via the Internet and involves sexual content or stimuli. Our published and ongoing research on this topic is focused on improving understanding of non-problematic, or recreational use, of OSAs. We are developing reliable and valid measures to better study these types of online activities and using these measures to examine people’s attitudes, experiences, and outcomes of OSAs.

In previous research, Dr. Shaughnessy and her colleagues have demonstrated that OSAs include separate categories of non-arousal (e.g., seeking sexual information online), solitary-arousal (e.g., viewing erotica or pornography online), and partnered-arousal (e.g., sending sexually explicit messages or pictures to another person using email) activities. In addition, she found that students’ definitions of cybersex, and people’s reported cybersex experiences represent a subtype of partnered-arousal OSAs that occur in real-time, and involve sharing detailed descriptions of sexual activities, fantasies, or desires whether or not self-stimulation accompanies the activity. Our published and ongoing research suggests that many people engage in these activities but do so relatively infrequently, and that most people who participate in partnered-arousal activities – including cybersex – do so with a primary committed partner.

For additional information, please see our publications.

Sex and Anxiety Research Group

Dr. Shaughnessy is a founding faculty member of The Sex and Anxiety Research Group (SAX-RG). The SAX-RG is currently supported by the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). SAX-RG research focuses on the relationship between anxiety and sexual response, including the role of social anxiety in technology-mediated sexual interactions (TMSI; sexting, phone sex, or cybersex). You can learn more about the SAX-RG by clicking here:

As part of the SAX-RG, Dr. Shaughnessy (PI) and many of our members are actively working on a scoping review to explore how people higher in social anxiety may use new and emerging technologies for sexual interactions or communications. We will follow this review with an exploratory survey focused on the extent to which TMSI is helpful or harmful for people high in social anxiety.

Status: Scoping review in progress, pre-registered on

Funding: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Insight Development Grant (2019-2023); Faculty of Social Sciences Research Groups (2018-2021).

Inclusive Research Methods

We strive to continuously inform ourselves about inclusive research methods and how to apply them. As a lab active in sexuality research, we have developed questions that allow us to capture a wider range of sexual diversity (e.g., gender, sex, sexual orientation). We have also adapted sexuality scales to strip them of their heteronormative structure. Other variables we are trying to measure more respectfully and accurately involve visible minority status (e.g., racial identity) and invisible minority status (e.g., sexual identity).


For a complete list of publications, please see Dr. Shaughnessy's Research Gate page.
Journal Articles

Online and Mobile Social Science Research Methods

*Ashely, M., & Shaughnessy, K. (2021). Predicting insufficient effort responding: The relation between negative thoughts, emotions, and online survey responses. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science (In Press).

Shankardass, K., Roberston, C., Sykora, M., Feik, R., & Shaughnessy, K. (2019). An Ecological Framework for an Integrated Approach to Physical and Digital Environments in the Study of Place Effects on Well-being. Social Science & Medicine, 227, 119-127.

Shaughnessy K.Reyes R.Shankardass K., Sykora M., Feick R., Lawrence H., & Robertson C. (2017). Using geo-located social media for ecological momentary assessments of emotion: Innovative opportunities in psychology science and practice, Canadian Psychology.


*Courtice, E. L., & Shaughnessy, K. (2021). Four problems in sexting research and their solutions. Sexes, 2(4), 415-432,

*Courtice, E. L., Shaughnessy, K., Blom, K., *Asrat, Y., Daneback, K., Döring, N., Grov, C., & Byers, E. S. (2021). Young Adults’ Qualitative Self-Reports of their Outcomes of Online Sexual Activities. European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology, and Education, 11(2), 303-320,

*Courtice, E.L., *Czechowski, K., *Noorishad, P., & Shaughnessy, K. (2021). Unsolicited Pics and Sexual Scripts: Gender and Relationship Context of Compliant and Non-Consensual Technology-Mediated Sexual Interactions. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, https//

Courtice, E. L., & Shaughnessy, K. (2017). Technology-mediated sexual interaction and relationships: A systematic review of the literature. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 78(3-4), 269-290. doi: 10.1080/14681994.2017.1397948

Shaughnessy, K., Fudge, M., & Byers, E. S. (2017). An exploration of prevalence, variety, and frequency data to quantify online sexual activity experience. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 26(1), 1-16. doi: 10.3138/cjhs.261-A4

Shaughnessy, K., & *Braham, J. (2021). Where’s the tech in sex research? A brief critique and call for research. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 30(2), 144-155,


Kamalou, S., Shaughnessy, K., & Moscovitch, D. A. (2019). Social Anxiety in the Digital Age: The Measurement and Sequelae of Online Safety-Seeking. Computers in Human Behavior, 90, 10-17. 

Kane, L., Dawson, S., Shaughnessy, K., Reissing, E., Ouimet, A., & Ashbaugh, A. R. (2019). A Review of Experimental Research on Anxiety and Sexual Arousal: Implications for the Treatment of Sexual Dysfunction Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology. 

Shaughnessy K., Rocheleau J. N, Kamalou S., & Moscovitch D. A. (2017). The effects of social anxiety and online privacy concern on individual differences in Internet-based interaction anxiety and communication preferences. Cyberpsychology. Behavior and Social Networking, 20(4), 212-217. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2016.0329

Conference Presentations

Online and Mobile Social Science Research Methods

​​​​Robertson, C., Feick, R., Sykora, M., Shankardass, K., and Shaughnessy, K. Personal Activity Centres and Geosocial Data Analysis: Combining big data with small data. Springer Lecture Notes on Geoinformation and Cartography. AGILE 2017 Proceedings. Wageningen, the Netherlands, 9-12 May 2017.

Sykora, M., Robertson, C., Shankardass, K., Feick, R., Shaughnessy, K., Coates, B., Lawrence, H., & Jackson, T. W. (May, 2015). Stresscapes: Validating linkages between place and stress expression on social media. Proceedings of the 2nd International Workshop on Mining Urban Data, Oxford, U.K.  


Courtice, E.L., Shaughnessy, K., Maharajh, D., Noorishad, P., & McKie, R. (November, 2018). Sexting, cybersex, and virtual sex: Conceptualizing and operationalizing technology-mediated sexual interactions. Oral communication to be presented at the annual meeting of The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, Montreal, QC.

Courtice, E.L., Czechowski, K., Braham, J., Polillo, A., & Shaughnessy, K. (October, 2018). Did you really want that dick pic?: Gender differences in sending/receiving unwanted technology-mediated sexual interactions in three partner contexts. Oral communication to be presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Sex Research Forum, Toronto, ON.

Courtice, E.L.O’Brien, K.Shaughnessy, K.Blom, K., Daneback, K., Doring, N., Grov, C., & Byers, E. S. (September, 2016). A thematic analysis of perceived positive and negative outcomes of online sexual activites in four countries. Canadian Sex Research Forum, Quebec City, QC.

Lalumiere, J.M., Courtice, E.L., & Shaughnessy, K. (September, 2016). Demographic characteristics predict cybersex experiences: More ways, more partners, more technologies. Canadian Sex Research Forum, Quebec City, QC.

Courtice, E.L., & Shaughnessy, K. (June, 2016). Sexual Minority People's Prevalence and Frequency of Cybersex: Is It About Anonymity? Oral communication presented at the annual meeting of the International Academy of Sex Reasearch, Malmö, Sweden.  

Courtice, E.L., & Shaughnessy, K. (May, 2016). Countering Stereotypes: Anonymity and the Partner Context of Cybersex Experiences for Sexual Minority People. Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.


Rocheleau, J.N., Bowie, K., & Shaughnessy, K. (2018, June). Too scared to share? An investigation of social networking site users’ personal information concerns. 23rd Annual Cyberpsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Gatineau, QC., Canada

Rocheleau, J.N., & Shaughnessy, K. (2018, June). Context matters: The role of social anxiety and online privacy concern on university students’ social networking site experiences. 23rd Annual Cyberpsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference, Gatineau, QC., Canada.

Rocheleau, J.N., & Shaughnessy, K. (2016, May). Here is the Situation: Social Anxiety and Privacy Concern in Different Social Networking Site Contexts. Interdisciplinary Conference in Psychology, Ottawa, ON. 

Rocheleau, J.N., Shaughnessy, K., Kamalou, S., & Moscovitch, D.A. (May, 2016). Exploring the relationship between social anxiety online and online privacy concern. Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Knowledge Mobilization

Knowledge mobilization, also known as knowledge translation, involves researchers producing and disseminating empirical results to the public. By sharing important findings, researchers can inform and transform policy and practice. We regularly participate in academic presentations and publications, and recently adopted Open Science Practices (specifically on We also share our research with the public through our social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. We create content at least two times per week in both French and English.

You can follow us and view our content on the following pages:

Instagram: @uoinsite

Twitter: @uoINSITE

YouTube: @uoINSITE

Get Involved

Graduate students

In the INSITE lab, we strive to be a welcoming, supportive, and collaborative professional community. Our lab members work and learn together. We celebrate each other’s successes, and share in each other’s challenges. We aim to be transparent, respectful, kind, generous, and compassionate with ourselves and with each other.

The INSITE lab membership includes graduate and undergraduate students involved in program, side interest, volunteer, and paid lab-related activities. Dr. Krystelle Shaughnessy (C. Psych) aims for all activities to include a professional development and learning component.

We are a cyberpsychology, sexuality, clinical, and social psychology lab. We believe in a balanced approach to understanding technology use and sexuality. Members benefit from being comfortable talking about sexuality, technology (especially internet, computer, and mobile technologies), and mental health topics in a professional context, and with colleagues who have a range of personal identities, experiences, and knowledge. Our lab advocates for social justice and human rights for all people.

We welcome sociodemographic diversity in our lab. We acknowledge openly that post-secondary education, psychology, research, and academia in general has and continues to be a place marked by inequity, systemic and institutional barriers. Dr. Krystelle Shaughnessy is committed to including underrepresented groups in the membership of the INSITE lab and in their research. Specifically, she is committed to contributing towards correcting a biased system that unfairly advantaged majority groups over minoritized groups in psychology training.

For the next 5 years, Dr. Shaughnessy will prioritize applicants to either the clinical or experimental psychology graduate programs who are part of a racialized group, Indigenous peoples, gender diverse, people with a disability, Francophone Canadians (with emphasis on those from outside of Quebec), and those whose identities intersect multiple groups who are underrepresented in psychology (for evidence that these groups are represented, see Cho, Crenshaw, & McCall, 2013; Michalski et al., 2017 amongst others). Dr. Shaughnessy invites (but does not require) applicants to indicate whether they belong to any of these groups when they contact her prior to applying.

For the 2023-24 academic year, Dr. Shaughnessy is not planning to review applicants for either experimental or clinical programs.

Relevant readings:

Cho, S., Crenshaw, K., & McCall, L. (2013). Toward a Field of Intersectionality Studies: Theory, Applications, and Praxis. Signs, 38(4), 785-810. 

Michalski. J.H., Cunningham. T.,, & Henry. J. (2017). The Diversity Challenge for Higher Education in Canada: The Prospects and Challenges of Increased Access and Student Success. Humboldt Journal of Social Relations, 39, 66-89.

Honours Students

Dr. Shaughnessy is no longer considering applications for undergraduate honours students for the 2022-2023 academic year.

UROP Students

Dr. Shaughnessy is not considering applications for UROP students for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Research Assistants

The INSITE Lab currently does not have any open positions for undergraduate research assistants. 


Thank you for your interest. We are not recruiting participants or collecting data at this time. 

Contact the Lab


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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 6N5