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Ellen Badone is a professor in the Departments of Religious Studies and Anthropology at McMaster University. As a medical and cultural anthropologist, Ellen has longstanding research interests in the social and cultural aspects of death and dying. More specifically, she is interested in care for the frail elderly, including psychosocial care and palliative care. Ellen’s current research is focused on responses to existential crises evoked through encounters with aging, autism spectrum disorders and mental illness. Recently, she carried out a project interviewing family members of long-term care (LTC) residents in Ontario and LTC staff, about the impact of COVID-19 on those living and working in LTC homes. 


  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley 
  • MA, University of Toronto
  • BA, University of Toronto
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