Maria Santaguida

Biography

Research Interests

  • Alcohol-Related Sexual Behaviours
  • Sexual Aggression & Violence
  • Sexual Decision-Making
  • Erotic Technology
  • Space Sexology

My research investigates the acute effects of alcohol on individuals’ subjective and psychophysiological responses to visual sexual stimuli, using eye-tracking, genital thermography, and self-report measures. My research also focuses on the role of sex-related alcohol expectancies in risky sexual decision-making.

Over the past 7 years, I have been involved in various initiatives that enhance the quality of the undergraduate and graduate student experience in the Psychology Department at Concordia University. I am currently a consultant for Mentorship Among Psychology Students and the Graduate Instructors and Teaching Assistants Committee at Concordia University.

Prospective Specialization/Honours students: I am currently not accepting anymore students for 2021-2022.

Prospective volunteers: We are open to receiving applications for Fall 2021. Please send your CV and transcript when you apply.

Education

Ph.D. Candidate (Psychology – Research Option, Concordia University)
B.A. (Honours Psychology – Great Distinction, Concordia University)

Academic awards and distinctions

  • 2018-2021 Doctoral Scholarship Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC)
  • 2018-2019 Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts & Science Travel Awards
  • 2019 Concordia University’s Council on Student Life Outstanding Contribution Award
  • 2017-2019 Concordia University Conference Exposition Awards
  • 2016 Graduate Fellowship, Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts and Science
  • 2015 Graduate Scholarship, Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et la Culture (FQRSC)
  • 2014 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarship, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • 2014 Special Entrance Award, Concordia University
  • 2009-2013 Dean’s List, Concordia University’s Faculty of Arts and Science

Teaching and Leadership

Lecturer

  • Research Methods & Design I (PSYC310 – Undergraduate; 1 session), Department of Psychology, Concordia University

Teaching Assistant

  • Statistical Analysis I (PSYC315 – Super TA; 2 sessions), Department of Psychology, Concordia University
  • Statistical Analysis I (PSYC315 – Undergraduate Laboratory Instructor; 8 sessions), Department of Psychology, Concordia University
  • Research Methods & Design I (PSYC 310 – Undergraduate Conference Instructor; 1 session), Department of Psychology, Concordia University

Thesis supervision and student mentorship

Graduate Student Supervisor

  • William Edmiston (undergraduate – Concordia University)
  • Zoe Yarymowich (undergraduate – Concordia University)
  • Alexandra Connor (undergraduate – Concordia University)
  • Jessica Salvemini (undergraduate – Concordia University)

Publications & Presentations (2021)

Oral Presentations (2021)


Santaguida, M., Dubé, S., Anctil, D., Leshner, C., Vachon, D., & Johnson, A. (2021, August). Technology-based sexualities: A review and call for research [Oral presentation]. International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots (virtual).

Kasprzyk, A., Giaccari, L., Zhu, C. Y., Cormier, G., Hu, R., Williams, M., Dubé, S., & Santaguida, M. (2021, August). Erobotics and mental health: The relation between depression, anxiety, stress, and the willingness to engage with sexbots as a function of their perceived nature [Oral presentation]. International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots (virtual).

Zhu, C. Y., Hu, R., Giaccari, L., Williams, M., Kasprzyk, A., Cormier, G., Dubé, S., & Santaguida, M.  (2021, August). The influence of media representations on attitudes towards sex robots [Oral presentation]. International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots (virtual).

Cormier, G., Williams, M., Hu, R., Giaccari, L., Zhu, C. Y., Kasprzyk, A., Dubé, S. & Santaguida, M. (2021, August). Erobotics and the quest for the “perfect companion.” [Oral presentation]. International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots (virtual).

Hu, R., Zhu, C. Y., Williams, M., Kasprzyk, A., Cormier, G., Giaccari, L., Santaguida, M., & Dubé, S. (2021, August). Erobotics and the Big-5: An exploration of the relationship between personality traits, perceived appropriateness of sex robot use, and willingness to engage erotically with machines. [Oral presentation]. International Congress on Love & Sex with Robots (virtual).

Williams, M., Kasprzyk, A., Cormier, G., Hu, R., Giaccari, L., Zhu, C.Y., Santaguida, M., & Dubé, S. (2021, August). Social intelligence and willingness to engage erotically with sex robots across cisgender women and men: An exploratory study [Oral presentation].  International Congress on Love and Sex with Robots (virtual).

Anctil, D., Dubé, S., & Santaguida, M. (2021, February). Érobotique. Sexualité et intimité à l’ère des technologies numériques. [Oral presentation]. Cégep de Granby, Granby, Quebec.

Poster Presentations (2021)

Dubé, S., Santaguida, M., & Anctil, D., & Lapierre, J. (2021, July). Sextech in space: Challenges & possibilities. [Poster presentation]. International Academy of Sex Research Conference (Virtual).

Yarymowich, Z., Santaguida, M., Dubé, S., Rappel, J., Eidus, C., Levitan, J., Ellis, M., Johnson, A., & Vachon, D. (2021, July). The association between men’s sexual attitudes and behaviours towards women and sexual arousal to sexually aggressive visual stimuli. [Poster presentation]. International Academy of Sex Research Conference (Virtual).

Media

The Conversation (April 13, 2020: Cybersex, erotic tech and virtual intimacy are on the rise during COVID-19). Available at: https://theconversation.com/cybersex-erotic-tech-and-virtual-intimacy-are-on-the-rise-during-covid-19-141769

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