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Charlene Senn
Fourteen Not Forgotten: Montreal Massacre Memorial

About Dr. Charlene Senn

I am a Professor in the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program within the Department of Psychology. I am cross-appointed in Women's and Gender Studies. My research centres on male violence against women with a focus on sexual violence and campus interventions.

Over more than 10 years, I developed and evaluated a sexual assault resistance education program (EAAA) for first year University women. The efficacy of this intervention was demonstrated recently in a CIHR-funded randomized controlled trial in which the one-year incidence of completed rape was reduced by almost 50% in women who took the intervention compared to those in the control group. The EAAA is now available to universities and colleges through the SARE Centre non-profit and a Train-the-Trainer model. See for more detail.  I will be studying the effectiveness of the EAAA program as it is implemented on campuses across North America.

I am also the co-founder of (and researcher for) the UWindsor Bystander Initiative which embeds bystander-focused sexual assault prevention and training into the academic curriculum.

I teach courses in the psychology of women, male violence against women, and applied social psychology. 

Research Activities (more details)

Current research

Undergraduate and Graduate Supervision

I am currently supervising four graduate students and typically supervise one or more undergraduate (honours thesis) students each year. I only supervise graduate students coming in to our Applied Social Psychology program. My current graduate students’ research focuses on consent and coercion in the lives of heterosexual, lesbian, and asexual women, the role of social media in sexual assault, and rape during war. Recent undergraduate students conducted research on control over the choice of pornography viewed in heterosexual relationships, mothers’ disclosures to daughters about their sexuality, and street harassment. Please note that I prioritize supervision of students whose work relates to some aspect of violence against women and/or girls.

Dr. Charlene Senn
Department of Psychology and Women's & Gender Studies Program
Room 180 Chrysler Hall South
University of Windsor
401 Sunset Avenue
Windsor, Ontario N9B 3P4
Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2255
Fax: (519) 973-7021