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Call for Research Participants: Sexuality Study

Calling all men interested in research: Jackie Kathnelson, York University PhD Candidate, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, is conducting a study on sexuality among men with spinal cord injuries. Ms Kathnelson’s research focuses on the psychosocial elements of sexuality after spinal cord injury and will require participants to participate in three confidential, 15 to 20-minute online surveys. As a thank you for your time, participants will receive a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card.

Are you eligible to participate?

To participate in the study, you must:

  • Identify as a man
  • Be over the age of 18
  • Live with a spinal cord injury

Want to Participate?

If you are interested in participating, please contact Jackie Kathnelson, PhD Candidate, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, York University at crampj@yorku.ca

More about Jackie Kathnelson

Ms Kathnelson’s research project sparked when she noticed a prevailing myth that people with spinal cord injuries are thought to be more asexual, meaning the general assumption is people with SCI’s are uninterested in participating in sex. Unfortunately, the lack of reliable and thorough rehabilitation research upholds this myth. There are very few researchers working to debunk said misconception so, Ms. Kathnelson took it upon herself to try and disprove this harmful assumption.

When describing the current research landscape, Ms.Kathnelson stated; “overall, sex and sexuality has been ignored in the rehabilitation literature. The focus instead is on clinical aspects related to bladder and bowel function, skin health and other medical aspects of spinal cord injury. There’s a huge gap in the literature regarding sexuality of men after a spinal cord injury.”

Her research hopes to challenge this misconception and remove the gap by opening up the conversation to men with spinal cord injuries, so that they may contribute an accurate representation of their experience with their sexuality. Through these conversations, Ms Kathnelson desires to cement the importance of discussing sexuality post-spinal cord injuries. Ultimately, she wishes to develop a protocol that will assist clinicians, health care professionals and patients to establish an open conversation about the changing nature of sexuality following spinal cord injury.

Interested in participating in Jackie Kathnelson’s incredible research? Contact her at crampj@yorku.ca. We wholeheartedly support Ms Kathnelson’s attempt to open the conversation about sexuality with an SCI.


For additional information check out our page on sexuality  or visit our Voices Blog feature on rediscovering your sexuality and our feature on 10 adaptive sex techniques.

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