Lab Members

Lab Director

Uzma Rehman

Dr. Uzma Rehman

Director, Assistant Professor

Dr. Rehman is the director of the Relationship Research Lab through which she leads research and supervises student research. For more information about Dr. Rehman and her research, please click here


Christine Logel

Dr. Christine Logel

Co-Investigator, Associate Professor

Dr. Logel is the co-investigator of the Relationship Research Lab. For more information about Dr. Logel and her research, please click here.

Graduate Students


Julia McNeil

Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology

Julia completed her B.A. in Honours Psychology at the University of Waterloo in 2012 and M.A. in Social Psychology at the University of Toronto in 2014. She is currenly completing her Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo while being supervised by Dr. Uzma Rehman.

Julia's current research is focused on how early experiences of sexual trauma affect long-term romantic relationships. Julia is also interested in research on attachment styles, positive illusions, research methodology, replication in psychology, and sexual communication.

Outside of school, Julia is a big fan of live theatre, she regularly goes skating, and she is a big fan of board games.

Jessica Edwards

Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology

Jessica is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Waterloo.

Jessica’s research focuses on understanding barriers or challenges people face with sexual consent communication, including predictors of these barriers and ways of addressing them to promote better sexual communication.

Her current hobby is bouldering.

Kendra Wasson

Kendra Wasson

Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology

Kendra is a PhD student in clinical psychology, continuing her work in the Relationships Lab after completing her M.A. in 2023. She completed Honours Bachelor degrees in both Arts (Psychology) and Kinesiology from the University of New Brunswick. Her current program of research focuses on expanding our knowledge of the process of sexual communication. That is, why, what, and how we communicate sexual topics. 

Kendra enjoys many activities outside of her work in the Relationships Lab, including exploring beautiful outdoor spaces and watercolouring. 

Taranjot Padda

Taranjot Padda

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology

After receiving her B.A. Honours in Psychology and Philosophy at McGill University in 2023, Taranjot is completing her M.A. in Clinical Psychology under the supervision of Dr. Uzma Rehman. 

Taranjot's research focuses on the relationship between culture and sexuality. Specifically, she is interested in exploring how endorsing purity culture and other culturally specific sexual norms and values relate to sexual health and well-being. 

When she's not in the lab, Taranjot enjoys reading, watching movies, and running.

Lab Manager

Anna Zavadskaya

Anna Zavadskaya

Anna recently completed her B.A. Honours degree in Psychology at the University of Waterloo. She is now working as a lab manager at the Relationship Research lab. Her current research focuses on sexual communication across different age groups.

In her free time, she enjoys taking her dog on hikes and pottery painting.

Honours Thesis and Directed Studies Students

Doris Wang

Doris Wang

Doris is a Directed Studies student at the lab. Her current favourite hobby is watching horror movies.

Patrick Tsapoitis

Patrick Tsapoitis

Patrick is currently completing his Honours Thesis with Uzma Rehman. He is interested in exploring how life experiences, particularly related to intimate relationships, sex, and dating are related to social anxiety symptoms within the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

His favourite hobbies include playing Pokémon, watching crime documentaries, and hanging out with his French bulldog.


Rebecca Wells

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

To learn more about Rebecca and her research, please click her name or photo.