Cory L. Pedersen

BA (Calgary), MA (UBC), PhD (UBC)
Cory Pedersen
Voicemail: 9676
Surrey Office: Surrey Main 2881-17
Surrey Campus: 604.599.3368

Cory Pedersen earned her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2004.  After teaching many years as a graduate student at UBC and adjunct instructor at Kwantlen, Cory was hired full-time at KPU 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.

In 2011, Cory founded the Observations and Research in Gender and Sexuality Matters Lab to further her interests, providing students an opportunity to gain valuable research experience. Since its inception, several collaborative projects with the lab have been presented at psychology conferences and in publication.

In her free time, Cory can be found golfing and dancing poorly, reading prolifically, and loving movies, binge-worthy television shows, her family, and her dog.

Courses taught

  • PSYC 1100 - Introduction to Psychology: Basic Processes
  • PSYC 1200 - Introduction to Psychology: Areas and Applications
  • Psychology 2300 – Applied Statistics
  • Psychology 2320 – Child Development
  • Psychology 2321 – Adolescent Development
  • Psychology 2400 – Research Methodology
  • Psychology 3010 – Human Sexuality
  • Psychology 3300 – Applied Statistics II
  • Psychology 3316 – Infancy
  • Psychology 3325 – The Psychology of Gender
  • Psychology 4350 – Developmental Psychopathology
  • Psychology 4990 – Honours Thesis I

Areas of Interest

Human sexuality and the psychology of gender, developmental psychopathology; child and adolescent social-cognitive development.


I welcome the supervision of honours students who share my research interests. 

Current/previous students include:

Stephanie Pall - Self-Promotion Tendencies Among Women with Differing Gender-Role Orientations (2022-2023)

Madeline Young - Understanding Queer Asian In/Visibility via Stereotype Application (2021-2022)

Aidan Hooper - Is it me, or my Mask? The Effects of Face Masks on Perceptions of Personality and Sexuality-Related Traits (2021-2022)

Cydney Cocking (CPA Undergraduate Thesis Award) – Men’s Differential Identification with Intimate Partner Victimization (2020-2021)

David Hattie (CPA Undergraduate Thesis Award) – The Effects of Male Body Esteem on Self-Perceived Sexual Desirability (2020-2021)

Kari Walton (CPA Undergraduate Thesis Award) - Motivations Behind Catcalling: Exploring Men’s Engagement in Street Harassment Behaviour (2019-2020)

Devinder Khera (CPA Undergraduate Thesis Award, SSHRC winner) – Why Men Don’t Say No: Sexual Compliance and Gender Socialization in Heterosexual Men (2018-2019)

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

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

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

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

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


Scholarly Work