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, as a six year appointment, and holds a joint appointment between the University of Saskatchewan School of Public Health and Department of Sociology. The Chair was renewed for an additional three years.

 “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 during her keynote address to the 2008 Gender Matters conference in Toronto, ON


PAWS Your Stress – Visit with some of St. John Ambulance’s wonderful Therapy Dog Program volunteers!

PAWS your stress on the U of S campus!

My name is Anna-Belle (a certified St John Ambulance Therapy Dog) & my teammate Dr. Colleen Dell from the U of S and I love meeting with students, staff and faculty on camps. So do our fellow St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program volunteers!

We all hope to meet you this term to bring a happy PAWS (pause) to your day!  You can visit with us every Wednesday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm from Sept 10 – Dec 3, 2014 in room 323 Place Riel Student centre (3rd floor).

Checks out the PAWS bulletin (where else, right?) for updates! Or visit our Webpage or Facebook page for more information.

And a great big thank-you to U of S Parking services for their support!

Signed, Anna-Belle the Therapy Dog

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Sharing with Premier Brad Wall

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

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



PAWS Your Stress

WOOF! WOOF!   The PAWS Your Stress Event was welcomed  at the University of Saskatchewan with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Volunteers and the Saskatoon Professional Massage Institute on April 9, 10 & 11!

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


Putting Research into Action: Products for Support & Inspiration

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. Please be in contact with the office to access any of the products & swag free of charge!


Addiction Studies Graduate Scholarship

Announcing a new scholarship at either the Ph.D. or Master’s Thesis level. The scholarship is seeking to encourage graduate research in the field of addictions and support the mandate of the  U of S Research Chair in Substance Abuse. Click HERE for more information.  The scholarship application process for  2014/15 is now open!

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 may 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 of in the province of Saskatchewan are invited to join.  For further information, please visit the Saskatchewan CCENDU site.

Students Working to Put a Lid on Drinking at the University of Saskatchewan

The What’s Your Cap? campaign aims to raise awareness and knowledge of the risks involved in the over consumption of alcohol and promote a culture of moderation on the University of Saskatchewan campus. They recently released a How To Guide to aid post-secondary institutions and like-minded organizations in the creation and implementation of similar prevention campaigns. Filled with lessons learned, helpful tips, and what worked well, they hope this resource will be helpful and allow groups to tailor their campaign to their own audiences.Visit the campaign website for your copy now!



Students Transitioning Roles

SIIT Class January 2013

SIIT Class January 2013

On January 9, 2013 the Saskatchewan Culture as Intervention project shared its findings with students in the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) Community Services Addictions Diploma program.  This was a momentous occasion, because two graduates from the 2012 class were presenting on the project as employees – Teri Walker and LeeAnn Sharpe!  They were first introduced to the project when our team presented to their class the year prior.  For more information on the Culture as Intervention project, click here.

Media Release – Two University of Saskatchewan-Based Addictions Projects Address Aboriginal Culture in Healing.

“Health Canada is proud to be supporting these initiatives through the funding it provides to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health for the project, “Strengthening Substance Abuse Treatment Systems,” said the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health.” To read more, click HERE.

Visit the From Stilettos to Moccasins & the Honouring Our Strentghs: Culture as Intervention in Addictions Treatment websites.

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