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

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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



Courses Taught

Areas of Interest

My early areas of interest and expertise focused specifically on typical and atypical human learning and development across the lifespan. Primarily, this included expertise in social-cognitive development in infants, children and adolescents (e.g., relationship development, emotional development, theory of mind, peer relations), developmental psychopathology (e.g., mental illness, delinquency, learning disabilities), statistics, research methodology, and psychological/educational assessment and evaluation.

More recently, my areas of interest and expertise have expanded to include, almost exclusively, the study of human sexuality. I have developed coursework in this field, conducted considerable research, and established a research lab that studies sexual development, gender, sexual orientation, and both typical and atypical sexual behavior.


Scholarly Work