About Charlene Y. Senn
I am on sabbatical July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.
I hold a Canada Research Chair in Sexual Violence and 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 in a CIHR-funded randomized controlled trial (2011-2015) 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. In another CIHR-funded study (2016-2021), we recently confirmed the effectiveness of the EAAA program (now known as Flip the Script with EAAATM) when it is implemented by universities. Research and development continue with adaptations for younger girls, for trans students, and in French.
Flip the Script with EAAATM is available for use by universities and colleges through a Train-the-Trainer model and the SARE Centre non-profit on a cost-recovery basis. See SARECentre.org for more detail.
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.
In 2005, I founded the Health Research Centre for the Study of Violence against Women which brings together researchers across campus for interdisciplinary research collaborations and events.
I teach courses in the psychology of women, male violence against women, and applied social psychology.