Jan Cioe

Associate Professor

Other Titles: Director, Undergraduate Psychology Program; Senior Academic Advisor; Adjunct Faculty Member—Faculty of Management
Office: ASC 285
Office Hours: Depends on term
Phone: Office: 250.807.8732; Home: 250-763-1225
Email: jan.cioe@ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Not considering graduate students for 2022. Human sexuality; forensics; student-driven research program based on Directed Studies and Honours work

Courses & Teaching

Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality I & II [PSYO 353 & 354]; Intro to Data Analysis [PSYO 271]


After completing my Hon. BA in Psychology, I took a year off to tour Europe. I did my graduate work in Physiological and Comparative Psychology [now known as Neuroscience & Animal Behaviour] at Western. My first academic experience was teaching an Intro Psychology class at Western and this led to a faculty position with the College of New Caledonia in Prince George. I taught a variety of courses beyond Intro, including the Psychology Crime and Deviant Behaviour. As a result, I took a sabbatical to work on a masters degree in Criminology at Cambridge University, UK.  When I returned to Prince George I started a part-time position with Adult Forensic Psychiatry to provide sex offender treatment to provincial clients which I did for 20 years. In 1990, I joined Okanagan University College until it was partly subsumed by UBC Okanagan. While in Kelowna I would spend part of my summers working with Dr. Bryan Kolb at the University of Lethbridge, where I was an adjunct faculty member. When I became Head of Psychology my research slowed down.  During my time as Head we were able to develop the graduate program, including the Clinical Psychology stream which is accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association. My primary role now focusses on teaching [including student research] and administration [curriculum & Senate].


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Ph.D. & M.A. [UWO]
M.Phil. [Cantab]
Hon. B.A. [U of T]

Research Interests & Projects

I have research interest in two broad areas: My primary areas of interest is in human sexuality with some interest in forensic psychology. Currently, my research activities are student driven in the form of Directed Studies and Honours projects. Students bring me their research ideas; this work is funded by a research grant from the Faculty of Management.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Student Projects-Directed Studies/Honours

Zainah A. Azam (2020). P381-6, Delving Deeper into Motivations: Minor-Attracted Persons and Use of Sexually Explicit Material

Samantha M. Maki (2020). P381-6, Effects Female Exposure to Natural and Modified Vulvas on Genital Self-Image

Gale Chong (2020). P381-3, Race and Racism in China: A Review of the Psychological Literature

Ishika R. Bhambhani (2020). P381-3, Understanding the Heterogeneity of Personality Traits Among Minor-Attracted Persons

Samantha M. Maki (2020) P381-3, The Influencing Factors of Body and Genital Self-Image Perceptions in Women: What Motivates Women to Engage in Genital Alterations? A Review

Shao Yuan Chong (2019). P381-6, “Rag Them!”: Factors Associated with Decisions to Sexually Haze

Keeley Lainchbury (2019). P381-3/481-3, Parenting Desires, Intentions, and Experiences Among Minor-Attracted Persons

Hailee N. Lewis (2019). P490-6, Romantic and Sexual Relationships with Adult Partners Among Minor-Attracted Persons

Emily M. E. Draper (2019). P490-6, Parenting Style and Attitudes Toward Sexually Explicit Material

Ethan B. Klukas (2019). P490-6, The Impact of Parenting Style on Attitudes Toward Masturbation

Mackenzie Nichol (2019). P381-3 Sexual Perfectionism and Pornography Consumption

Selected Publications

Musolino, E., Mundy, C., Cioe, J., & O’Connor, B. P. [IN PRESS] Bigger Isn’t Always Better: An Exploration of Social Perception Bias Against High Levels of Muscularity in Women The Journal of Social Psychology

Mundy, C., & Cioe, J.  [2019]. Exploring the relationship between paraphilic interests, sex, and sexual and life satisfaction in non-clinical samples. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 28(3), 304-316. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2018-0041

LaRocque, C., & Cioe, J. [2011]. Evaluation of the relationship between body image and sexual avoidance.  The Journal of Sex Research, 48(4), 397-408, doi:10.1080/00224499.2010.499522

Agar, A., Cioe, J., & Gorzalka, B. [2010]. Biology matters? Intimate relationships of young adults from divorced and intact family backgrounds as a function of biological father and male model involvement, The Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 51(7), 441-463, doi:10.1080/10502556.2010.507131 Accepted 2010.01.10

Humphries, A., & Cioe, J. (2009). Reconsidering the refractory period: an exploratory study of women’s post-orgasmic experiences. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 18(3), 127-134.

Kolb, B., Cioe, J., & Comeau, W. (2008). Contrasting effects of motor and visual learning tasks on dendritic arborization and spine density in rats.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. 90(2), 295-300.

Comeau, W., Gibb, R., Cioe, J., & Kolb, B. (2008). Therapeutic effects of complex rearing or bFGF after perinatal frontal lesions. Developmental Psychobiology, 50(2), 134-146. Accepted 2007.06.21.

Selected Grants & Awards

Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation [$5k]

Psychology Student Union’s Professor of the Year: 2020, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2001, 1999, 1996

Teaching Honour Roll: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Senator: 2005-2008, 2008-2011, 2011-2014, 2017-2020, 2020-2023
Chair of Academic Policy Committee

Curriculum Committee Psychology / Faculty of Arts and Social


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