John Sakaluk

Dr. John Sakaluk

Social, Personality and Developmental Psychology

Office: SSC 6312
Tel: 519-661-2111 ext. 83124
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Biographical Information

B.A. – University of Guelph, 2010
M.A. – University of Kansas, 2012
Ph.D. – University of Kansas, 2015

Selected Publications

Sakaluk, J. K., Quinn-Nilas, C., *Fisher, A. N., *Leshner, C. E., *Huber, E., & Wood, J. R. (In Press). Sameness and difference in psychological research on consensually non-monogamous relationships: The need for invariance and equivalence testing. Archives of Sexual Behavior.

Sakaluk, J. K, *Fisher, A. N., & *Kilshaw, R. E. (In Press). Dyadic invariance and its importance for the replicability of romantic relationship research. Personal Relationships.

Righetti, F., Sakaluk, J. K., *Faure, R., & Impett, E. A. (In Press). The link between sacrifice and relational and personal well-being: A meta-analysis. Psychological Bulletin.

*Kim, J., Muise, A., Sakaluk, J. K., Rosen, N. O., & Impett, E. A. (In Press). When tonight is not the night: Sexual rejection and satisfaction in romantic relationships. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. doi: 10.1177/0146167220907469

Sakaluk, J. K., Biernat, M., Le, B. M., *Lundy, S., & Impett, E. A. (2020) On the strength of ties that bind: Measuring the strength of norms in romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 37, 906-931. doi: 10.1177/0265407519881748

*Fisher, A. N. & Sakaluk, J. K. (2020). Are Single People a Stigmatized “Group”? Evidence from Examinations of Social Identity, Entitativity, and Controllability. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 86. doi:

Sakaluk, J. K., *Kim, J., *Campbell, E., *Baxter, A., & Impett, E. A. (2020). Self-esteem and sexual health: A multilevel meta-analysis. Health Psychology Review, 14, 269-293. doi: 10.1080/17437199.2019.1625281

Milhausen, R. R., Sakaluk, J.K., Fisher, T. D., Yarber, W. L., & Davis, C. M. (2019). Handbook of sexuality-related measures (4th Edition). New York, NY: Routledge.

aSakaluk, J. K., aWilliams, A. J., *Kilshaw, R. E., & Rhyner, K. T. (2019). Evaluating the evidential value of empirically supported psychological treatments (ESTs): A meta-scientific review. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 128, 500-509. doi: 10.1037/abn0000421

Sakaluk, J. K. Expanding statistical frontiers in sexual science: Taxometric, invariance, and equivalence testing. (2019). Journal of Sex Research (Annual Review of Sex Research Special Issue), 56, 475-510. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2019.1568377

Schechinger, H., Sakaluk, J.K., & Moors, A. C. (2018). Helpful and harmful therapy practices with consensually non-monogamous clients: Towards an inclusive framework. Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, 86, 879-891. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000349

Sakaluk, J. K., & Short, S. D. (2017). A methodological review of exploratory factor analysis in sexuality research: Used practices, best practices, and data analysis resources. Journal of Sex Research, 54, 1-9. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2015.1137538

* Indicates a student coauthor.
a Indicates shared first authorship.


When studying romantic relationships, my research is focused on understanding how features of relational norms (e.g., the content of the specific prescriptions/proscriptions, how explicitly these prescriptions/proscriptions are communicated and how well understood they are) correspond to relationship functioning and well-being. I also study how measurement modeling can be used as a tool for understanding the differences and/or similarities in certain groups’ (e.g., different types of sexual relationships, different partners within a romantic dyad) conceptualizations and meanings ascribed to certain relational and sexuality-related phenomenon (e.g., what defines “satisfying” sex). Finally, I am also interested in a diverse array of research synthesis approaches, including methodological reviews, meta-analyses, and new replicability-oriented methods of assessing evidential value. Throughout all of my research, I aspire to use inclusive, replicable, and transparent research methods, and I have a bourgeoning interest in R package development.  

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