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Toni Serafini
Toni Serafini
Associate Professor
Department of Sexuality, Marriage, & Family Studies

Chair, Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies
 

PhD, University of Guelph

MSc, University of Guelph

BA, St. Jerome's University/University of Waterloo

519-884-8111 

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BIOGRAPHY

I am an Associate Professor and former Chair in the Department of Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies (SMF). I received my PhD in Family Relations and Human Development and my MSc in Couple and Family Therapy, both at the University of Guelph.  I completed my honours BA (co-op) in Psychology here at St. Jerome’s University/University of Waterloo. I have been teaching since 2002 and have taught courses in adolescent development; communication and counselling skills; human sexuality; introductory psychology; parent, child, and family relationships; practicum; relationship formation, maintenance, and conflict/crisis; and research methods.

 

My research interests centre around identity formation - how we construct our sense of self and how experiences, relationships, and life transitions impact our identity. I developed and validated an instrument to measure identity functions, which has been translated into several languages and is used internationally. I also study sexuality and relationships in various ways, including online dating, sexual and romantic relationships among nonbinary folks, and BDSM. I am currently investigating the relationship between physical appearance and sense of self–body-identity connections.  

 

Complementing my teaching and research identities, I am also a Registered Psychotherapist and Couple & Family Therapist with a small private practice and have over 15 years of clinical experience. Much of my current clinical work is with couples and individuals, but I have also worked extensively with adolescents and their families in both private counselling and residential settings.

 

In my free time, I enjoy reading fiction (vampire and “otherworldly” characters, in particular), travelling, and outdoor activities (hiking, canoeing, SCUBA diving, and snorkelling).

PUBLICATIONS

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

 

Chapters
De Santis, C. & Serafini, T.E. (2015). Classroom to Community: Reflections on Experiential Learning and Socially Just Citizenship. In T. Penny Light, J. Nicholas, and R. Bondy (Eds.), Feminist Pedagogy in Higher Education: Critical Theory and Practice. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.

 

Articles
Rye, BJ, Traversa, M., Serafini, T., & Bramberger, T.R. (forthcoming, 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.

 

Sica, L. S., Crocetti, E., Ragozini, G., Aleni Sestito, L., & Serafini, T. (2016). Future-oriented or present-focused? The role of social support and identity styles on the future orientation of late adolescents and emerging adults. Journal of Youth Studies, 19 (2), 183-203.

 

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.

 

Serafini, T., & Maitland, S. B. (2013). Validating the Functions of Identity Scale: Addressing methodological and conceptual matters. Psychological Reports, 112 (1), 160-183.

 

Crocetti, E., Sica, L.S., Schwartz, S.J., Serafini, T., & Meeus, W. (2013). Identity styles, processes, statuses, and functions: Making connections among identity dimensions. European Review of Applied Psychology, 63, 1-13.

 

Others (Conference presentations leading to manuscripts in progress)

Serafini, T.E., & Fleischauer (2017, October). Dating without the binary: How non-binary people approach and navigate romantic and sexual relationships. Oral presentation at the Canadian Sex Research Forum Conference, Fredericton, NB

 

Serafini, T. E., Rye, BJ, & Puodziunas, S. (2016, October). Digital Connections: Exploring Online Dating Among Canadian Post-Secondary Students. Oral presentation at the Canadian Sex Research Forum Conference, Quebec City, QU.

 

Serafini, T. E., Rye, BJ, & Rowell, A. (2016, March). Body-Identity Connections: Shaping Identity Through Body Projects. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Baltimore, MD.

 

GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS, AWARDS

Grants
St. Jerome’s University
Aid to Scholarly Publications Fund (2011-2012)
Faculty Research Fund (2009-10; 2010-2011)
Travel Grant (2008-2009)

 

Fellowships
SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2003-2005)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2002-2003)

COURSES TAUGHT

SMF 207:  Parents, Children, and Family Relations
SMF 211: Dynamics of Dating
SMF 301: Communication and Counselling Skills
SMF 304: Human Sexuality in Relationships
SMF 400: Capstone Seminar
SMF 496: Seminar in Gender and Identity in Relationships
SMF 499A/B: Thesis Courses

PSYCH 101: Introductory Psychology

AREAS OF GRADUATE SUPERVISION

Identity
Dating and Relationships
Sexuality

PROFESSIONAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, AND COMMUNITY SERVICES

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Professional
College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (2017-present)
American & Ontario Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy  (2000-present)
Canadian Sex Research Forum (2016-present)
Canadian Sex Research Forum Program Review Committee (2017-2018)
Society for Research in Identity Formation (2002-2017)
Society for Research on Adolescence (2006-2017)

 

Administrative

St. Jerome's University
Faculty Representative, Board of Governors (2016-present)
Member, He4She Committee (2015-present)
Member, Academic Staff Association Equity Committee (2017-present)
Chair, Sexuality, Marriage, and Family Studies Department (2012-present)
Member, Academic Committee (2012-2017)
Undergraduate Officer (SMF) (2012-2017)
Faculty Representative, Student Achievement Recognition Committee (2008-2017)

 

University of Waterloo
Member, Undergraduate Affairs Group (2012-2017)
Federated University Faculty Representative, Senate Undergraduate Council (2010-2016)
Committee Member, Opportunities & New Directions Conference, Centre for Teaching Excellence (2009-2011)

 

Community
Community Justice Initiatives (CJI) Board of Directors (2011-2017)