BA Honours in Psychology, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (2010)


Hayley Leveque is a first year Master’s student at the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with distinction) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, where she received the Faculty of Social Sciences Dean’s Medal upon graduation. During her time at Kwantlen, she was an active member of the Psychology department, helping organize the annual undergraduate research conference, “Connecting Minds,” and participating in Kwantlen’s Psychology Society as President during her final year. She also had the privilege of being one of two student representatives for Kwantlen’s faculty council. Her BA honours thesis work, which was published in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, focused on how different aspects of the theorized developmental paradigm of emerging adulthood influenced young adult sexual motivation. Her current research project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), intends to move away from essentialist and negative psychological understandings of young adult sexual behaviour through troubling discourses connecting casual sex behaviour to risk-taking behaviour.


Hayley is currently interested in exploring the different ways in which casual sex relationships have been taken up by discourses depicting casual sex behaviour as risk-taking behaviour. For young women especially, casual sex encounters have traditionally been linked to risk-taking behaviour in psychological literature due to their relationship with negative outcomes such as psychological distress, and the contraction of sexually transmitted infections. These representations of young women are oppressive in the sense that they very often limit possibilities for sexual agency to be explored. Her current project intends to begin to create space for young women to discuss their casual sex experiences in alternative ways as they move through particular historical, cultural, and social contexts.

Selected Publications

Leveque, H. R., & Pedersen, C. L. (2012). Emerging adulthood: An age of sexual experimentation or sexual self-focus?. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 21(3-4), 147-159.

Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS Master’s Scholarship