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Cory Pedersen BA (Calgary), MA (UBC), PhD (UBC)

Surrey Campus: 
Surrey Office: 
Surrey Main Building C2881-17

Cory Pedersen earned her PhD 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 in the adolescent sexual timetable.  She developed the very popular course, Psychology 3010 (Human Sexuality) in 2008 and has been immersed in sexology ever since.  By 2012, and several sexology honours students later, Cory had founded the ORGASM (Observations and Research in Gender and Sexuality Matters) Research Lab to further her interests, while giving students the opportunity to gain valuable research experience.  Indeed, several collaborative projects with the lab have been presented at respected psychology conferences and are in submission for publication.  In her free time, Cory can be found golfing badly, reading prolifically, gardening (while detesting it), and loving movies.

Please also see @OrgasmRLab

Orgasm Lab

Courses Taught

Areas of Interest



I welcome the supervision of honour’s students who share my research interests.  Current/previous students include:


Kailie Brown (2017-2018) –The Influence of Sexual Orientation on Sexual Double Standard Endorsement and Attitudes about Sex in Casual Encounters: Consequences for Bisexual Individuals


Cassandra Hesse – (2015-2016) – How Pornography Shapes Our Understanding of Sexual Anatomy, Physiology, and Sexual Behaviors.


Kaylee Skoda – (2015-2016) – The Influence of Sexually Explicit Material on Body Image and Self-Esteem.


Katheryn Morrison (SSHRC winner) – The Influence of Sexual Orientation on Attributions of Blame toward Victims of Sexual Assault (2014-2015)


Amanda Champion (CPA Undergraduate Thesis Award) – Investigating Differences between Sexters and Non-Sexters on Attitudes, Subjective Norms, & Risky Sexual Behaviours (2013-2014)


Abbey Ratcliff – Whips & Chains Excite Me: BDSM, Social Acceptance and the Sexual Double Standard (2012-2013)


Kathryn Lily – Attitudes and Attributions of Responsibility Toward Sexual Minorities (2011-2012)


Hayley Leveque (Dean’s Medal of Honour 2010; SSHRC winner) – Emerging Adulthood: An Age of Sexual Experimentation or Sexual Self-Focus? (2009-2010)


Cindy Parry(President’s Outstanding Graduate 2009) – The Prevalence of Externalizing Disorders: Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder in British Columbia’s Foster Children (2008-2009)


Gabriella Hillis – Potential Explanations for ADHD Behavior and Parent Preferences for Treatment (2007-2008)


Martine Diamond – Investigating Risk and Resiliency Factors in the Anxiety of Firefighter’s Spouses (2006-2007)


Veronica Shim – The Relationship between Opportunity and Emotional and Sexual Infidelity (2006-2007)


Katherine Wisener (SSHRC winner) – Children’s Perceptions of their Peers with Autism (2006-2007)


Kimberly Hurd (SSHRC winner) – Stress in Mothering a Child with Autism: Fear of Social and Public Judgment (2005-2006)

Scholarly Work