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Feb. 8, 2018
For Immediate Release

Waterloo – Valentine’s Day is Wednesday, Feb. 14. Wilfrid Laurier University has a number of experts available to speak about love, relationships, sexuality, Valentine’s Day marketing and related issues.

Love, Relationships and Romance

Justin Cavallo, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, is an expert on close relationships, motivation and self-esteem. His research examines close relationships from a social cognitive perspective and how prior relationship experiences influence people’s approach to subsequent relationships. Contact: jcavallo@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x4563.

Nicola Newton, assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Psychology, is an expert on adult development and aging, marriage and health among older couples, and how gender, social roles, health and well-being are associated with personality development, particularly in later life. Contact: nnewton@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x4828.

Gary Foster, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Philosophy, is an expert on the philosophy of love and sex, as well as moral psychology. The main focus of his research is on the relationship between love and personal identity. Contact: gfoster@wlu.ca, 226-972-8059 or 519.884.0710 x2314.

Eleanor Ty, professor in Laurier’s Department of English and Film Studies, is an expert on romance novels, particularly their origins in Jane Austen and the 18th century; gender and feminist issues in fiction; and television adaptations of historical romance, such as the Outlander TV series. Contact: ety@wlu.ca or 647-462-8458. Read more about her research.

Sex, Sexuality, Gender and Health

Robb Travers, associate professor and chair of Laurier’s Department of Health Sciences, is an expert on sexual health and issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals and communities. He is available for comment on youth sexual health, HIV/AIDS risk behaviours, LGBTQ newcomers to Canada, LGBTQ youth, transgender individuals, and people living with HIV/AIDS. Contact: rtravers@wlu.ca, 519.496.8399 or 519.884.0710 x3276.

Morgan Holmes, professor in Laurier’s Department of Sociology, is an expert on sexuality, health and social justice. She is available for comment on intersexuality, law related to sexuality and health, the social construction of gender, and bodily diversity including disability. Contact: mholmes@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x3363.

Tristan Long, associate professor in Laurier’s Department of Biology, is an evolutionary geneticist, behavioural ecologist and award-winning teacher. His research focuses on sexual selection, including the causes and consequences of variation in mate preferences, the challenges involved when competing for mates and the implications of mate choice for evolution. Contact: tlong@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x4625. Read more about his research.

Todd Coleman, assistant professor in Laurier’s Department of Health Sciences, is an expert on population health, particularly various health issues as they differ according to sexual orientation and gender identities. These include access to health care services, chronic conditions and infectious conditions such as HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Contact: tcoleman@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x2127.

Valentine’s Day Retail and Marketing

Chun (Martin) Qiu, associate professor of marketing in Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, is an expert on retail. He is available for comment on Valentine’s Day marketing, promotions, retail and online shopping. Contact: cqiu@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x4810.

Grant Packard, assistant professor of marketing in Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, is an expert on marketing, language and consumer behaviour. He is available for comment on retailing, marketing communication, persuasion, online reviews and social media as they relate to Valentine’s Day. Contact: gpackard@wlu.ca or 416-985-4590.

Brad Davis, associate professor of marketing in Laurier’s Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, is an expert on brand communications and strategy, consumer behaviour, and ethical issues in marketing communications. He is available to comment on Valentine’s Day marketing and branding. Contact: bdavis@wlu.ca or 519.884.0710 x2539.

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Media Contacts:

Kevin Crowley, Director

Communications and Public Affairs, Wilfrid Laurier University

E: kcrowley@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3070

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