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Maria Santaguida

PhD Candidate, Psychology of Human Sexuality, Erotic Technology & Space Sexology, Concordia University

Brief bio:
Research Fellow at the Astrosexological Research Institute
PhD Candidate in Psychology
Expertise: Human sexuality, erobotics, sextech, & space sexology
Fonds de Recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FRQSC) funded doctoral training

Long bio:
Maria Santaguida is a PhD candidate and sessional lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University (Montreal, QC, Canada). She is also a research fellow at the Astrosexological Research Institute. She specializes in human sexuality, sexual technology, and substance-related sexual risk behaviours. Her work also explores how space programs can integrate sex research and move toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusiveness. In late 2021, she co-authored a position piece titled "The Case for Space Sexology". This article and related work with her esteemed colleagues, led to waves of international media coverage and is paving the way for the comprehensive scientific study of human sexuality and intimacy in space settings. Her doctoral research is funded by the Fonds de Recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

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  • –present
    PhD Candidate in Psychology, Concordia University


  • 2013 
    Concordia University, BA in Honours Psychology (Great Distinction)

Professional Memberships

  • International Academy of Sex Research
  • The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality