Biography

Dr. Jenn Bossio completed her PhD in clinical psychology at Queen’s University and her clinical residency at Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. Presently, she is completing a postdoctoral fellowship funded by Prostate Cancer Canada and the Michael Smith Foundation of Health Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with an Associate Membership with the Department of Urologic Sciences. In addition to her fellowship, Dr. Bossio works as a psychologist for the BC Centre of Vulvar Health.

Research Interests/Skills

In her research, Dr. Bossio’s uses basic science and psychophysiological methods to explore biological, psychological, and social aspects of human sexuality. Presently, she is collaborating with the UBC Sexual Health Lab and the Prostate Cancer Supportive Care (PCSC) Program to develop and evaluate a mindfulness-based treatment for men and their partners dealing with the changes to their sexual lives brought on by prostate cancer treatments. Her research program also includes development/evaluation of mindfulness-based treatments for sexual concerns (e.g., situational ED), sexual psychophysiology, program evaluation, and the sexual correlates of circumcision on the lives of men and their sexual partners.

Publications

Bossio, J. A., Pukall, C. F., & Steele, S. (2016). Examining penile sensitivity in neonatally circumcised and intact men using quantitative sensory testing. Journal of Urology. 195, 1848-1853. doi:10.1016/j.juro.2015.12.080

Bossio, J. A., Pukall, C. F., & Bartley, K. (2015). You either have it or you don’t: The impact of male circumcision status on sexual partners. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 2, 104-119. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.242-A2

Bossio, J. A., Pukall, C. F., & Steele, S. (2014). A review of the current state of the male circumcision literature. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11, 2847-2864. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12703

Suschinsky, K. D., Bossio, J. A., & Chivers, M. L. (2014). Women’s genital sexual arousal to reproductively relevant sexual stimuli varies with menstrual cycle phase at first exposure. Hormones and Behavior, 65, 319-327. doi: 10.1016/J.Yhbeh.2014.01.006

Bossio, J. A., Suschinsky, K. D., Puts, D. A., & Chivers, M. L. (2013). Does menstrual cycle phase influence the gender specificity of heterosexual women’s genital and subjective sexual arousal? Archives of Sexual Behaviour, 43, 941-952. doi: 10.1007/S10508-013-0233-7

Bossio, J. A., Spape, J., Lykins, A. D., & Chivers, M. L. (2013). Observational stance as a predictor of subjective and genital sexual arousal in men and women. The Journal of Sex Research, 51, 303-315. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2012.729276

Projects

PrIME: Pilot Intervention of Mindfulness for Erectile Dysfunction
IMPPACT: Intimacy and Mindfulness Post-Prostate Cancer Treatment

Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in Prostate Cancer; Prostate Cancer Canada 2016-2018
Post Doctoral Research Fellowship; Michael Smith Foundation of Health Research 2016-2018
Best Oral Presentation; UBC Postdoctoral Fellowship Association 2016
Best Empirical Poster Award; Society for Sex Therapy and Research 2015
Best Student Oral Presentation; Canadian Sex Research Forum 2014
Doctoral Scholarship; Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) 2014-2016
Best Student Manuscript; International Academy of Sex Research 2013
Masters Scholarship; Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) 2013-2014
Teaching Award of Excellence; Queen’s University 2009, 2010, 2011