Suzie has understanding her audience down to a science, especially when it comes to our city.She characterizes the dating climate here as “unique”, given that “we are primarily a public service and IT oriented town which means that people have more docile personalities rather than business oriented ambitious types”.We need to put light out into the world”, says Suzie – a sentiment surely appreciated by those who keep the faith thanks to her unique light. Armstrong is an Associated Researcher with the Human Sexuality Research Laboratory and a Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa. Who will you kiss under the mistletoe in a few months’ time? While the single life can be perceived as unfavourable, we have our very own home-grown dating expert actively redefining how we generally think of singledom.
Despite Ottawa’s reputation as “boring”, she has a difficult time narrowing down her top three date suggestions for a night out in the Capital, arguing that it is actually an excellent place for daters.As the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler, there is a sense among singles that it’s time to find that special someone and park yourself for the chillier months.Who will you have on your arm when you show up to Thanksgiving dinner this year?She graduated with a BA in Psychology and Critical Studies in Sexuality from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and a Ph D in Experimental Psychology in 2014. Women’s motivations to have sex in casual and committed relationships with male and female partners. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. Armstrong’s research interests include motivations for sexual activity and the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority individuals. When asked what solution she offers, her no-nonsense approach surfaces: “I tell my readers and clients that safe sex is being safe physically, emotionally and mentally, so, if you can’t handle unemotional sex don’t have casual sex.This isn’t Sex and the City and you’re not Samantha”, she jokes.By combining knowledge derived from her academic background in Interpersonal Communications and Human Interaction (B. A) with her own adventures in dating, Suzie provides valuable insight and real, honest, relatable advice.With her lessons and practices grounded firmly in her dating golden rule, “be happily single! ) , Suzie sheds light on popular topics ranging from common modern dating dilemmas to online dating fraud, “textationships” (never getting beyond the texting/instant messaging phase), dealing with the baggage that comes from unresolved feelings towards exes, and first date conversation starters.When asked what makes Single Dating Diva a standout resource for singles, Suzie explains that it is “relatable, no-nonsense advice from a real person who’s been through the same things they have and ‘gets it’”.Suzie’s sense of understanding is enough to help even the most cautious of daters open up, and she shows no lack of support.