- Reproductive Decision-Making
- Sexual Attitudes, Beliefs, and Behaviours
- Psychosocial Implications of Reproductive Technologies
- Prejudice and Discrimination towards Persons with Disabilities
- Program Evaluation (focus on health programs)
Current Research Grants
KL Lawson (PI) & P Downe (2018 - 2021). Later baby! Psycho-social factors underlying the formation of intentions to delay motherhood. Insight Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
C Buchanan (PI), KL Lawson, D McCreary (2019 - 2021). Evaluating Prosocial Bystander Intervention Training with Undergraduate Students in Preventing Sexual Assaults. Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
A Crizzle (PI), KL Lawson, J McDavid (2019 - 2021). Evaluation of a Community Led Transportation Service in Rural Saskatchewan. Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
S Fletcher-Hildebrand, KL Lawson, P Downe & M Bayly. (in press). The role of motherhood schemas and life transitions in reproductive intention formation. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1080/02646838.2021.1892044
S Fletcher-Hildebrand, H Alimezelli, T Carr, KL Lawson, A Ali, & G Groot. (2021). Understanding the impact of a residential housing programme for people living with HIV/AIDS: a realist evaluation protocol. BMJ Open, 11(4), Article e044522. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2020-044522
L Williamson & KL Lawson. (2020). Canadian support for IVF access and use. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 43(2), 175-181. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jogc.2020.09.020
L Williamson, M Bayly, E Poncelet, & KL Lawson. (2020). “It’s just one step in the right direction”: A qualitative exploration of undergraduate student perceptions of #MeToo. Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 29(1), 11-24. https://doi.org/10.3138/cjhs.2019-0036
KL Lawson, T Hunter, J McDavid (2020). Predicting Credentialed Evaluator status: Characteristics, comparisons, and implications for the CE Program. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 35, 53-73. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3138/cjpe.61841
T Stark, H Silber, J Krosick, A Blom, M Aoyagi, A Belchior, M Bosnjak, S Clement, M John, GA Jo'nsdo'ttir, K Lawson, P Lynn, Johan Martinsson, D Shamshiri-Peterson, E Tvinnereim & R Yu. (2018). Generalization of classic question order effects across cultures. Sociological Methods and Research (published on-line February 28, 2018). doi:10.1177/0049124117747304
KN Duerksen*, KL Lawson. (2018). “Removed from humanity”. A qualitative analysis of attitudes toward abortion in anti-abortion individuals in Canada. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology (published on-line February 27, 2018). doi:10.1080/02646838.2018.1442919
KN Duerksen*, KL Lawson. (2017). “Not brain-washed, but heart-washed”. A qualitative analysis of benevolent sexism in the anti-choice stance. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine (published on-line January 25, 2017). doi:10.1007/s12529-017-9633-8
Sangster SL*, Loy K, Mills S & Lawson KL. (2016). Engaging first-year university students in research: Promise, potentials, and pitfalls. The Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 7(1). Article 3
Gibson K*, Heimlick M*, Robertson D*, Sangster SL*, Williamson LEA* & Lawson KL. (2016). Developing competencies for Canadian evaluation: Making a case for how students can benefit from participating in the CES student competition. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 31, 82-90
Couture JL*, Sangster SL*, Williamson LEA* & Lawson KL. (2016). Endorsement of abortion: The differential impact of social perspective on women and men. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 32, 486-496
Sangster SL* & Lawson KL. (2015). Is any press good press? The impact of media portrayals of infertility on young adults' perceptions of infertility. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada.
Williamson LEA* & Lawson KL. (2015). Young women's intentions to delay childbearing: A test of the theory of planned behaviour. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 33, 205-213
Sangster SL* & Lawson KL. (2014). 'Falling down the rabbit hole': The construction of infertility in the news media. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 32, 486-496
Williamson LEA*, Lawson KL, Downe PJ, & Pierson RA. (2014). Informed reproductive decision-making: The impact of providing fertility information on fertility knowledge and intentions to delay childbearing. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 36, 400-405.
Lawson KL, Bayly M*, & Cey, E*. (2013). Judgements regarding the acceptability of childbearing and parental fitness made toward women living with HIV. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 25, 676-679.
Lawson KL, Carlson K*, & Shynkaruk JM*. (2012). The portrayal of Down syndrome in prenatal screening pamphlets. Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 34, 760-768.
Lawson KL & Walls-Ingram S*. (2010). Selective abortion for Down syndrome: The relation between the quality of intergroup contact, parenting expectations, and reproductive preferences. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 40, 554-459.
Clarke AK* & Lawson KL. (2009). Putting the survivor on trial: Perceptions of sexual assault. Violence and Victims, 24, 248-264.
Yaremko SK* & Lawson KL (2007). Gender, internalization of expressive traits, and expectations of parenting. Sex Roles, 57, 675-687.
Lawson KL & Pierson RA. (2007). Maternal decisions regarding prenatal diagnosis: Rational choices or sensible decisions? Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, 29, 240-246.
Teaching & Supervision
Regularly taught courses:
- Psy 235 Research Methods
- Psy 325 Research in Social Psychology
- Psy 811 Program Evaluation
I currently supervise the following graduate students within the Reproductive Psychology Research Lab
- Kirstian Gibson (PHD - Applied Social Psychology)
- Andrew Hartman (PHD - Applied Social Psychology)
- Selena Doyle (MA - Applied Social Psychology)
- John Malyk (MA - Applied Social Psychology)
- Adriana Cashwell (MA - Applied Social Psychology)
health program evaluation reproduction sexuality stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination
Education & Training
B.A. (High Honours),
Awards & Honours
- Provost's Award for Outstanding Teaching, awarded by University of Saskatchewan September 2012
- Professional Designation as Credentialed Evaluator, awarded by Canadian Evaluation Society July 2011
- Teaching Excellence Award - Social Science, awarded by College of Arts and Science May 2010