Siobhan Sutherland

MA Candidate

Siobhan Sutherland (née Torrie)

Clinical psychology

B.A. (Hons.) (University of Waterloo)

Supervisor: Dr. Uzma Rehman

Contact information


I completed my B.A. in Honours Psychology at the University of Waterloo. I conducted my honours thesis, exploring the effects of positive behaviour on negative interpersonal feelings, under the supervision of Dr. John Rempel. As an undergraduate, I worked as Lab Coordinator in the Relationship Research Lab with Dr. Uzma Rehman and in the Child and Adolescent Neuropsychology Lab with Dr. Tara McAuley. 

Research interests

My research investigates the association between interpersonal factors and relationship outcomes for couples in long-term relationships. Specifically, I examine how sexual desire differences between partners relate to sexual and relationship satisfaction and whether sexual communication is a factor that may explain this association. My research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


  • Governor General’s Academic medal 
  • Psychology Memorial award
  • Departmental award for Distinguished Academic Achievement in Honours Psychology

Selected conference presentations

  • Sutherland, S., Rehman, U., Fallis, E. Understanding the Phenomenology of Sexual Desire Discrepancy in a Community Sample of Couples in Long-Term Relationships. Poster presented at: Canadian Sex Research Forum Annual Meeting, Kingston, ON. October, 2014.
  • Rempel, J. K., & Torrie, S. When doing good makes you feel bad: The effect of blocked goals on judgments of hate. Paper presented at: The International Association for Relationship Research Conference, Melbourne, Australia. July, 2014.
  • Torrie, S., & Rempel, J. K. (2013). The effect of positive behaviour on experiences of hate and dislike. Poster presented at: The 14th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, New Orleans, LA. January, 2013.
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