Charlene Senn, Ph.D

Office: Room # 180 Chrysler Hall South
Phone: (519) 253-3000, ext. 2255


I am a Professor in the Applied Social Psychology Graduate Program within the Department of Psychology and cross appointed to the Women's & Gender Studies program.

I received my BSc in Psychology and MSc in Social Psychology from the University of Calgary which provided me with a strong background in quantitative research and statistics. I obtained my PhD in Social Psychology from York University (1991) where I developed into a more fully rounded scholar and mixed methods researcher. I teach undergraduate courses in the psychology of women and male violence against women (in Women’s Studies) and graduate courses in applied social psychology and psychology of women.

My research interests are best described as feminist social psychology with a focus on male violence against women, particularly sexual violence. I have a longstanding interest in the impact of male-stream pornography on women’s lives. Most recently I have focused on developing and evaluating interventions on university campuses to change the campus climate related to sexual assault and to provide women students with education and resources to support their self-defence against men’s sexualized violence.

My research interests are often pleasantly stretched by Honours thesis and Applied Social Psychology graduate students who work under my supervision on issues related to women’s sexuality, lesbian health, and areas of violence against women beyond sexual violence.

For more information about Dr. Senn and her work, visit her website.