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Kirstian Gibson PhD Student

Kirstie is a PhD student at the University of Saskatchewan in the Applied Social Psychology Program. Previously, Kirstie completed a Bachelors of Science in Kinesiology (2012), a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (2014) at the University of New Brunswick, and her MA in Applied Social Psychology in 2016.

During her undergraduate Psychology degree, Kirstie first became involved in human sexuality research as part of an undergraduate course (Basic Research Seminar), in which she worked under the supervision of Dr. Sandra Byers. During her Honours at UNB, Kirstie worked with Dr. Lucia O’Sullivan, investigating the relationship between infidelity, personality, and feelings of one’s current relationship. It was during these two fantastic experiences in sex research that led to her decision of pursuing graduate studies in Applied Social Psychology. Kirstie’s interests in research bounce between reproduction, motherhood, the impact of technology on relationships, and all aspects of sexuality.



Williamson, L. E., Sangster, S. L., Bayly, M., Gibson, K., Clark, M., & Lawson, K. (2017). Incorporating environmental health issues into reproductive health service provision: Considerations for continuing education and support. Canadian Medical Education Journal, 8(4), e65-373.

Gibson, K. A. V. (in press). Book Review: The Practice of Health Program Evaluation. Journal of Program Evaluation.

Gibson, K. A. V., O’Sullivan, L. F., & Thompson, A. E. (2016). Love Thy Neighbour: Personality Traits, Relationship Quality, and Attraction to Others as Predictors of Infidelity. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 25(3), 186-198. doi: 10.3138/cjhs.253-A2

Gibson, K. A. V. (2016). Book Review: Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. doi: 10.1080/02646838.2016.1156661

Peacock, S., Bayly, M., Gibson, K., Holtslander, L., Thompson, G., & O'Connell, M. (2016). The bereavement experience of spousal caregivers to individuals with dementia: Reclaiming self.  Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 0(0), 1-16. doi: 10.1177/1471301216633325 

Williamson, L. E. A., Robertson, D. W., Gibson, K. A. V., Heimlich, M., Sangster, S. L., & Lawson, K. L. (2016). Evaluate This! A Case for Developing Evaluation Competencies. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. 31, 82-90


Gibson, K., Tupper, S., Melville, J., Danylyshen-Laycock, T., Bareham, J., & Lawson, K. (October, 2017) Optimizing pain management in older adults: clinical care and healthcare provider education. Invited talk at the 2nd Annual Current Options for Managing Pain & Additions Conference, Saskatoon, SK.

O'Connell, M., Peacock, S., Delebare, M., Gibson, K. A. V. (October, 2017). Perceptions of An Age-Friendly University Depends on Status as an Undergraduate, Graduate, or Faculty/Staff. Paper presented at 46th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference, Winnipeg, MN.

Peacock, S., Gibson, K., Bayly, M., Thompson, G., O’Connell, M., Holtslander, L., & Shindruk, C. (July, 2017). Acceptability of the “Reclaiming Yourself” Writing Intervention for Bereaved Spouses of Persons with Dementia. Paper presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, London, UK.

Gibson, K., & Heimlick, M (May, 2017). There's hope for us yet: How evaluation can influence lab-based research. Paper presented at the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Gibson, K., Hoessler, B., & Lawson, K. (May, 2017). Evaluation and the non-profit: Understanding perceptions and building capacity. Paper presented at the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Gibson, K., Hoessler, B., & Lawson, K. (October, 2016). The perceptions of evaluation by non-profit organizations. Poster presented at the American Evaluation Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Gibson, K. A. V., & O’Sullivan, L. F. (June, 2016) "It's Just Understood": Monogamy Agreements in the Intimate Relationships of Young Adults. Paper presented at the 2016 Biannual International Association of Romantic Relationships Conference, Toronto, ON.

Gibson, K., Bayly, M., Peacock, S., Holtslander, L., Thompson, G., & O'Connell, M. (2017, October). Recognizing progress: Examining a widower’s use and perceived benefits of the “Reclaiming Self” writing tool. Poster presented at 46th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting of the Canadian Association on Gerontology Conference, Winnipeg, MN.

Gibson, K., Holtslander, L., Peacock, S., Bayly, M., Thomson, G., & O’Connell, M. (June, 2017). The emotional journey of a spousal dementia caregiver: A case study from caregiving to bereavement. Poster presented at the 13th International Family Nursing Conference, Pamplona, Spain.

Tupper, S., Gibson, K., Bareham, J., Danylyshen-Laycock, T., & Bergen, A. (May, 2017) Brief education videos for healthcare providers on pain assessment and management in older adults: Development and preliminary qualitative evaluation. The 38th Annual Scientific Meeting for the Canadian Pain Society, Conference, Halifax, NS.

Peacock, S., Holtslander, L., Bayly, M., Gibson, K., Thompson, G., & O'Connell, M. (2016, October). Reclaiming Yourself: A writing intervention for bereaved spouses to persons with dementia. Poster presented at 21st International Congress on Palliative Care, Montreal, QC.