Healthy Relationships Across the Lifespan


Photo of someone sitting on a dock. The water is dark and they are staring off in the distance. Their shirt is green and you can only see the back of their head and body.

The Research Exchange Group on Healthy Relationships Across the Lifespan (formerly known as the group on Bullying and Health) was founded in September of 2013. The new name and new focus will, we hope, better reflect the range and depth of research and practice in this area and help to reinvigorate the group, which is envisioned to:

  • become a knowledge exchange hub that brings people with lived experience, people working in health and community care settings, community groups, and within the education sector together with academic partners, researchers and students at Memorial University
  • build research capacity to assess and understand relationship problems including incivility, bullying, harassment, and violence
  • promote evidence-based programs and effective policies across this province to address and reduce bullying, harassment and violence and to promote healthy relationships across the lifespan, whether domestically, in community settings, schools, and workplaces.

The group connects researchers, faculty, educators, students, practitioners, and policy makers who gather monthly to discuss applied health research on issues related to developing healthy relationships, whether focused on the school system, the workplace, the post-secondary experience, health professional experiences or issues of leadership and restorative justice.

See Group Activities & Presentations

Group Convener
  • Dr. Gerald White—Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University


Join Us

NLCAHR’s Research Exchange Group on Healthy Relationships Across the Lifespan welcomes anyone with an interest in bullying and health to join us. See our calendar of meetings for information about upcoming webinars or email for more details.


Group Activities & Presentations


March 9, 2023 7:00pm NST| An overview of the practice, policy and research landscape for promoting healthy relationships in Newfoundland and Labrador.

April 13, 2023 7:00pm NST| Identifying knowledge gaps and practice, policy and research opportunities in the province.

May 18, 2023 7:00pm NST | Building Collaborative teams to produce new research, and to inform practice, and policy directions in the province..




October 14, 2021 at 2:00pm NST|An opportunity to touch base with our membership and ask them if they have any suggestions for roundtable discussions, research presentations, or special community speakers for the 2021-2022 academic year.


November 19, 2020 | Affirming 2SLGBTQ Policy and Classroom Inclusion | Susan Rose, Vice President of Egale Human Rights Trust and Chairperson of Egale’s Education Committee | Link to Presentation |


November 28, 2019 | Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace: NL | Dr. Gerald White | Link to Presentation |

October 24, 2019 | Rethinking Fat Bodies in Counselling Education | Bahar Haghighat, Ph.D. Candidate, Education | This presentation covered how counselling education must address weight bias, and how body inclusiveness is important. Haghighat drew upon her experiences teaching a course on diversity in counselling that focused on training culturally-competent counsellors in which she incorporated readings on weight-stigma and fat-phobia. Based on the feedback she received and the conversations she had, she will conclude how a “body-becoming” pedagogy can open possibilities for teacher education and counselling education. | Presentation Slides | Reference List |

May 6, 2019 | Frequency, Patterns, and Prevention of Cyber Bullying and Victimization | Brett Holfeld, B.A. (Hons.) (University of Manitoba), M.Sc., Ph.D. (University of North Dakota), Assistant Professor, Psychology, Memorial University, Grenfell Campus | Link to Presentation |


October 19, 2017 | Weight Stigma & Bullying | Bahar Haghighat, Ph.D. Candidate, Education |Link to Presentation |

November 16, 2017 | "Digital Footprints: A Critical Inquiry Project Exploring the Online lives of Middle School Students" | Anne Burke and Chelsey McPhee |

February 23, 2017 | Roundtable Discussion on Workplace Bullying: Towards A New Research Agenda |


September 29, 2016 | From the School to the Workplace: How Can We Stop the Bullying and Harassment? | Dr. Gerald White | Link to Presentation |

October 27, 2016 | The Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA-NL) Workplace Mental Health Program | John Dinn, CMHA-NL | Link to Presentation |

March 30, 2016 | The Relationship Between Grade Two Perceptions of School Climate in Newfoundland and Labrador Schools and School Bullying Victimization | Dr. Gerald White | Link To Presentation |

May 25, 2016 | Research on School Bullying in Newfoundland and Labrador Schools: Finding Solutions, Through Research, for Educators | Dr. Gerald White |

January 27, 2016 | Plans for The Upcoming One-Day Conference on Workplace Harassment and Violence: Research, Policy and Practice | Dr. Alan Hall, Director of the Master’s in Employment Relations Program at Memorial’s School of Business | 

February 24, 2016 | Anti-Bullying Program for High Schools | Grant Fitzpatrick, Education Facilitator with Canadian Mental Health Association, NL Division (CMHA-NL) |


November 25, 2015 | An Activity-Based Presentation that Engages Participants in Activities and Simulations Based on the Premise that Bullying Originates in a Place of Misunderstanding and Difference | Connie Morrison | 

December 16, 2015 | Research on Workplace Bullying | Lisa Adams | Link to Presentation | 

October 28, 2015 | Restorative Justice | Dorothy Vaandering  | Link to Presentation |

September 30, 2015 | Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace: Perspectives from Therapists at the International Association on Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH), 2015 Summer School in Calgary | Dr. Gerald White |

June 24, 2015 | Successful Anti-Bullying Approaches | Dr. Gerald White | Link to Presentation |

May 27, 2015 | "Obesity" & Bullying | Dr. Erin Cameron | Link to Presentation |

February 25, 2015 | Bullying & the Law | Dr. Gerald White | Link to Presentation |

January 28, 2015 | Cyber Bullying: Myths and Facts | Dr. Gerald White | Link to Presentation |


November 18, 2014 | ESD Safe and Caring Schools Policy | Dave Dyer, Itinerant, Safe & Caring Schools, English School District (ESD) | Link to Presentation |

March 24, 2014 | Cyber Bullies: Who Are They? What Factors at Home and School Are Associated with Cyber Bullying? | Dr. Gerald White | Link to Presentation |

March 5, 2014 | Violence Against Teachers | Stephen Hicks | Link to Presentation |

November 27, 2014 | Horizontal Violence and Social Justice in the Profession of Nursing: An Examination Through the Lens of Institutional Ethnography | Peggy Rauman | Link to Presentation |


October 30, 2013 | Workplace Bullying: The Silent Epidemic | Dr. Lisa Adams | Link to Presentation |