People of all ages can be bullied. Sheridan Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences member Dr. Kirsten Madsen is working with the Centre for Elder Research, Elder Abuse Prevention (ON) and the Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf to better understand senior to senior bullying in Ontario, and support the development of best practices and strategies for this diverse population.

What is bullying? Bullying is sometimes called harassment and happens when someone hurts, intimidates or scares a peer consciously or unconsciously. When someone is being bullied they often have a hard time defending themselves. Bullying is usually not a one-time event. It can happen over and over again.

For Further Information Contact: Dr. Kirsten Madsen, Principal Investigator at (905) 845-9430 ext. 2795 or

Investigation One: Bullying Between Older Adults: What is happening in Ontario (2017-2020) This work is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and aims to support the development of best practices and strategies for this diverse population.

Investigation Two: Seniors Anti-bullying Implementation and Evaluation Project (2022-2025) This work is funded by the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada College and Community Social Innovation Fund.

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Submissions from 2022

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Practical Steps and Toolkit to Reduce Bullying Between Older Adults, Liza Franses and Kirsten Madsen

Books from 2020

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Senior to Senior Anti-Bullying Toolkit, Kirsten Madsen, Liza Franses, Emily Ayenew, and Parker Behnke (they/them)

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Senior to Senior Bullying Project: Toolkit Launch, Kirsten Madsen, Liza Franses, Katrina Behnke, and Emily Ayenew

Submissions from 2019

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Overall Summary of Ontario-wide ThinkTanks, Seniors Bullying Project

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Canadian Association on Gerontology (CAG) Poster, Kirsten Madsen, Liza Franses, Rebecca Rodrigues, and Jordyn Sousa

Submissions from 2018

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Seniors Bullying in Ontario, The Sheridan Centre for Elder Research Preliminary Research Data, Liza Franses and Kirsten Madsen

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Senior Bullying: What is Happening in Ontario, Kirsten Madsen and Patricia Spadafora