The University of Saskatchewan Research Chair in Substance Abuse was created in 2007 in a partnership agreement with the provincial government and the University of Saskatchewan. The provincial government has committed $1.6 million in funding for the new research chair at the university. The position was established as part of the University’s Integrated Plan Initiative in Public Health and the Government of Saskatchewan’s alcohol and drug initiatives. The Research Chair’s mandate is to increase Saskatchewan’s substance abuse research capacity, strengthen the training of addiction workers, and increase the effective use of research resources in substance abuse prevention and treatment. Dr. Colleen Anne Dell undertook the Chair in July 2007 and holds a joint appointment between the School of Public Health and Department of Sociology. The Chair was renewed for an additional three years with an added focus on health promotion.

 “I can’t think of anyone who is not impacted, in some way, by the problematic use of substances in Canada”.
– Dr. Colleen Anne Dell, Gender Matters Conference Keynote Address, Toronto, ON


Dr. Dell Featured in – Weechihitotan (Let’s Help and Support Each Other) – The Value of Aboriginal Health Research in SK

Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (2015). Weechihitotan (Let’s Help and Support Each Other) – The Value of Aboriginal Health Research in SK.

National Commitment to Recovery Signed

Summit Participants - Group PhotoThe Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA), alongside individuals and organizations from across Canada, including representatives from SK including Dr. Colleen Dell, Dr. Peter Butt and Rand Teed, held a first-ever National Summit on Addiction Recovery in Ottawa on January 27–28, 2015. At it, a National Commitment to Recovery was signed.

Products for Support and Inspiration

All products are the outcome of Dr. Dell’s work with a large team of outstanding and committed researchers, community members, students, social leaders and decision makers. Most products can be downloaded from this website <CLICK HERE>, while others are available upon request while supplies last! All products are FREE!

University of Saskatchewan Professor and Saskatchewan Research Chair Marks National Addictions Awareness Week with Release of Free Products Brochure for Front-line Workers – University of Saskatchewan News Release, November 14, 2014

PAWS Your Stress

Anna-Belle the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog and her handler Dr. Colleen Dell hope to meet you this term to bring a happy PAWS (pause) to your day!  You can visit with them and other St. John Ambulance therapy dog volunteers & every Wednesday (Jan 14 – April 1) from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm in room 323 Place Riel Student Centre (3rd floor). This is a collaborative initiative of the Research Chair in Substance Abuse, St. John Ambulance, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, and the U of S Research Chair in Substance Abuse, Student Health Services, Western College of Veterinary Medicine &  the AAI & Wellness Research Project.

Visit our Webpage or Facebook page for more information.

Gone to the Dogs to PAWS My Stress door hanger.

AB and ColleenPAWS Your Stress- 2nd Semester - 11x17


Invitation – CCENDU Saskatchewan

CCENDU LogoThe Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use (CCENDU) is a nation-wide network of community level partners who share information about local trends and emerging issues in substance use and attempt to exchange knowledge in an informal and timely fashion.  Individuals are invited to join the group to share their knowledge and keep up-to-date on drug trends in the province.  By joining, you will receive an information email approximately twice a month. You will also receive requests periodically from the national CCENDU network, or local partners like yourself, to share available information you have on emerging drugs. Recently, such information was collated into a National Alert.

To become a member of the CCENDU SK Google Group – please contact the provincial coordinator – Doug Spitzig of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan at doug.spitzig@cps.sk.ca or Colleen Anne Dell at colleen.dell@usask.ca or 306-966-5912.  All residents in the province of Saskatchewan are invited to join.  For further information, please visit the Saskatchewan CCENDU site.

Sharing Research Findings with Premier Brad Wall

pageDr. Dell and fellow researcher Dr. Darlene Chalmers from the University of Regina School of Social Work had the opportunity to share their research on Animal Assisted Interventions with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall at one of their current CIHR-funded project data collection sites, Cartier Farms.

Premier Wall visits Equine Assisted Learning
Prince Albert Daily Herald
May 7, 2014

SHRF Video

Dr. Colleen Anne Dell is featured in the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation video reviewing research in the province, and is available here.

St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs Visiting on Campus

WOOF! WOOF! The University of Saskatchewan, in partnership with Stress Less and the Saskatoon Professional Massage Institute, welcomed the PAWS Your Stress Event with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Volunteers April 9, 10 & 11, 2014! Over 700 students, faculty & staff visited!

Here’s our favorite photo – which one is yours?   You can access pictures from the event here!


Therapy Dogs at the U of S – CTV News Saskatoon, April 10, 2014
Therapy Dogs Relieve Stressed University Students – Global News Saskatoon, April 10, 2014
Therapy Dogs During Exam – Saskatoon Star Phoenix, April 10, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY – U of S Wants Students to Stress Less During Exams by Bringing in the Dogs – April 7, 2014

Turning Research Results into Action

The Office of the Research Chair in Substance Abuse has a new page listing available products that are outcomes of research from the office since 2007. Click here to access it. Please be in contact with the office to access any of the products & swag free of charge!