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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 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 was 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 held 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. The Chair concluded June 30, 2016 (note: government funding contribution concluded March 31, 2016). July 1, 2016 Dr. Dell started a 5 year term as the Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan.

 “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


News Release – Saskatoon veterans benefit from university research

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SASKATOON – The Universities of Saskatchewan (U of S), Regina and McMaster, along with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, are releasing a new resource for service providers, educators and community members.

The resource is a song titled I had A Dog, with accompanying video and lyric sheet, and is based on research with war veterans in Saskatoon. The study involved visits with veteran residents by therapy dogs and their handlers, supported by funding from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and a U of S One Health Research Development Grant.

Inspired by the research findings, the song was composed and sung by local Saskatoon musician Wes Froese. Along with the video, the song shares how visiting with a therapy dog can bring back fond memories for the veterans and a chance to reminisce. “We are excited to be able to offer a product from our research that can be easily applied in practice, and at no cost to service providers, to help improve patient health,” said U of S sociology researcher Colleen Dell.

Animals can provide a good way to open up lines of communication, especially for humans who feel alone, Dell said. This resource can be used by service providers with older adults and others to encourage conversation, uplift mood or simply bring about past memories which can be beneficial. The resource can also be used to promote understanding about the beneficial role of animal-human relationships, or for educational purposes in health care or classroom settings. “Health care providers can explore many different topic areas based on this resource, including aging, clinical practice methods, grief and loss, total health care, mental health and problematic substance use, and so much more. The possibilities really are endless,” said U of R researcher Darlene Chalmers.

The video will be released at noon on April 29 at the U of S One Health symposium. Details are at http://tinyurl.com/hevtl2b. The video also marks National Therapy Animal Day on April 30, with details at http://tinyurl.com/zp7pud7. The full report of this research study will be submitted to VAC in May.


Download this news release here.

For more information, contact:
Barb Fornssler
Office of the Research Chair in Substance Abuse
Department of Sociology and School of Public Health
University of Saskatchewan

Jennifer Thoma
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan


25+ Free Products for Service Providers

A 1 minute video advertising evidence-based products created for front-line addiction service providers in Saskatchewan and elsewhere through the office of the provincial research chair in substance abuse.  Watch the video below or on YouTube!

Free Webinars

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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.

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 on campus every two weeks. 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 Colleen


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

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 – Laurie Van Der Woude of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan at Laurie.VanDerWoude@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 , https://www.casinoelarab.com/بوكر-مجاني.

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