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BJ Rye
BJ Rye
Associate Professor
Department of Psychology

PhD, University of Western Ontario

MA, University of Western Ontario

BA Honours (With Distinction), St. Thomas University


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I am an Associate Professor in the Psychology department at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. I completed my graduate studies at Western University with a PhD in Social Psychology focussing on AIDS preventive behaviour of women.  My current research and teaching explores various aspects of sexuality: My published work focuses on attitudes toward sexual minorities and related issues (e.g., same-sex adoption, LGBT people) and attitudes surrounding controversial sexual topics (e.g., BDSM, abortion, people who offend sexually). Additionally, my research interests include sexual self-concept and sexual identity.  I have taught many sexuality-related courses such as introduction to human sexuality, psychological perspectives on gender and sex, and psychosexual organization. 


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Hovey, A., Scott, S., Chambers, L., & Rye, B.J. "Repeated domestic violence police calls: A closer look at three case situations." Partner Abuse, 14(1), 1-18. (2023). https://connect.springerpub.com/content/sgrpa/14/1/1


Rye, B.J, & Fisher, W.A. (2019). Sexual Opinion Survey. Manuscript submitted to Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (4th edition). In Milhausen, R.,  Sakaluk, J.K.  Fisher, T.D., Davis, C.M.,  & Yarber, W. (Eds) The Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (4th Ed.). Taylor & Francis.


Rye, B.J., & Traversa, M. (2019). Comfort with Sexual Matters for Young Adolescents. In Milhausen, R., Sakaluk, J.K.  Fisher, T.D., Davis, C.M.,  & Yarber, W. (Eds) The Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (4th Ed.). Taylor & Francis.


Rye, B.J., Traversa, M, Serafini, T., & Bramberger, T.R. (2019) Sexual Liberalism Scale. In Milhausen, R.,  Sakaluk, J.K.  Fisher, T.D., Davis, C.M.,  & Yarber, W. (Eds) The Handbook of Sexuality-Related Measures (4th Ed.). Taylor & Francis.



Rye, B.J. & Goldszmidt, R. (2023). Do attitude functions and perceiver demographics predict attitudes toward asexuality? Psychology & Sexuality, 14(3), 572-592 DOI 10.1080/19419899.2023.2185534


Rye, B.J. (2023). The sexual self as a function of relationship status in an emerging adult sample. Behavioral Sciences, 13(6), 505 DOI 10.3390/bs13060505


Hovey, A., Scott, S., Chambers, L., & Rye, B.J. (2023). Repeated Domestic Violence Police Calls: A Closer Look at Three Case Situations. Partner Abuse, 14(1), 1-18 DOI 10.1891/PA-2022-0011


Rye, B.J., Merritt, O. (2023). Transnegativity based on defensiveness: Attitude functions as predictors of trans attitudes. Indian Journal of Health, Sexuality and Culture, 8(2), 68-82 DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7503229


Hovey, A., Rye, B.J., George, E., Scott, S., & Chambers, L. (2023).  Impact of children’s presence on police responses to intimate partner violence calls.  Journal of Child Maltreatment, 28(3), 476-487 DOI: 10.1177/10775595221147315


Rye, B.J., & Hertz, S. (2022). University students' sexual identity development as a determinant of sexual self-hood.  Sexes, 3(3), 477-491.  DOI: 10.3390/sexes3030035


Hovey, A., Rye, B.J., & McCarney, C. (2020).  Exploring amenability of a restorative justice approach to address sexual offences. International Journal of Restorative Justice, 3(2), 262-281. DOI: 10.5553/IJRJ.000035     


Rye, B.J., Serafini, T., & Bramberger, T.R. (2015).  Erotophobic or erotophilic: What are young women's attitudes toward BDSM? Psychology & Sexuality, 6(4), 340-356. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19419899.2015.1012108


Rye, B.J., Mashingter, C., Meaney, G.J., Wood, E., & Gentile, S. (2015). Satisfaction with previous sexual health education as a predictor of intentions to pursue further sexual health education. Sex Education, 15(1), 93-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14681811.2014.967389


Hovey, A., Stalker, C., & Rye, BJ (2014). Asking women survivors about thoughts or actions involving sex with children: An issue requiring therapist sensitivity. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 23, 442-461.


Lappin-Fortin, K., & Rye, B.J.  (2014). The use of pre-/post-test and self-assessment tools in a French pronunciation course. Foreign Language Annals, 47(2), 300-320.


Fullerton, T., Rye, B.J., Meaney, G.J., & Loomis, C. (2013). Condom and hormonal contraceptive use by young women: An Information-Motivation-Behavioural Skills assessment. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Sciences, 45(3), 196-209.


Hovey, A., Rye, B.J., & Stalker, C. (2013). Do therapists' beliefs about sexual offending affect counselling practices with women? Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 22(5), 572-592.


Serafini, T., Rye, B.J., & Drysdale, M.T.B.  (Eds.; 2013). Taking sides: Clashing views in adolescence (3 edition). rd Dubuque, IO: McGraw-Hill.


Rye, B.J., Meaney, G.J., Yessis, J., & McKay, A.  (2012). Uses of the "Comfort with Sexual Matters for Young Adolescents" scale: A measure of erotophobia-erotophilia for youth. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 21(2), 91-100



St. Jerome's University Faculty Research Grant Program (2004-2009, 2013-2016)
University of Waterloo’s Learning Initiatives Fund (2005-2006)


PSYCH 236: A Psychological Analysis of Human Sexuality

PSYCH 318: Psychosexual Organization
PSYCH 499 A/B/C: Thesis
PSYCH 484/485: Directed Studies


SMF 204: Introduction to Human Sexuality
SMF 305: Social Issues and Controversies in Human Sexuality
SMF 499A/B: Thesis


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Editorial board member of the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality and Psychology and Sexuality

Member, American Psychological Association – Division 44
Member, Canadian Psychological Association - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Issues Division
Member, Canadian Sex Research Forum
Member, Sex Education and Information Council of Canada
Member, Society for the Scientific Study of Sex


St. Jerome’s University
Graduating & Continuing Student Awards Committee
Faculty member, Academic Planning Committee - Social Science
Faculty member, Honourary Degree Committee
Treasurer, Executive Committee - Academic Staff Association
Secretary, Executive Committee - Academic Staff Association
Academic Committee


University of Waterloo
Undergraduate Affairs Group Teaching Excellence Council