Dr. Colleen Anne Dell

Colleen Anne Dell Ph.D. was appointed a Centennial Enhancement Chair in One Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan in 2016,
with a focus on addiction and mental health. She is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health.

Prior to this she held a Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the U of S. Funded by the Government of Saskatchewan from 2007-2016, her work concentrated on research, community outreach and training. You can access this work here (addictionreseaerchchair.ca). A products catalogue of her research outcomes is also available, as well as a promotional video.

Dr. Dell’s current research, teaching/student supervision and community practice concentrates on health and wellness, with a specific focus on addictions and mental health.

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One Health

“One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple health science professions, together with their related disciplines and institutions – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants, and our environment.” One Health Commission.

One Health is one of six signature areas of research at the University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Dell’s Chair builds on the concept of zooeyia, an essential component of One Health, and defined as “the positive benefits to human health from interacting with animals, focusing on the companion animal” Hodgson and Darling, 2011. Dr. Dell views the environment from a social, built and ecological standpoint and draws attention to animal welfare in her work. To learn more about this approach, you can listen to Dr. Dell here and in her TEDx talk or read the following:

C. Dell & Anna-Belle (St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog). [by Anna-Belle the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog, as interpreted by her handler, Colleen Anne Dell]. 2015. “Questioning ‘Fluffy’: A Dog’s Eye View of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) in the Treatment of Substance Misuse”. Substance Use & Misuse. 50(0): 1148-1152.

D. Chalmers & C. Dell. 2015. “Applying One Health to the Study of Animal Assisted Interventions”. EcoHealth Journal. 12(4): 560-562.

Although the current focus of Dr. Dell’s  Chair is One Heath, she remains involved in key addiction specific projects.  You can find out more about these activities since July, 2016 here.


Research Studies

Dr. Dell is involved in a number of collaborative and innovative One Health and wellness studies.

Click a topic to learn more:


Mental & Physical Health


Veteran Health

Student Health



Interested in learning more? To explore volunteer, practicum and employment opportunities with our research team, CLICK HERE!

EXCITING NEWS (Nov 2019) – Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program has provided support for a patient-oriented research project titled A PAWSitive Support Project for Veterans with PTSD and Who Problematically Use Substances. A 10-minute video introducing the project is available.


Knowlege Translation

Dr. Dell translates the outcomes of her research findings into accessible products.

Reports & Manuals

Learn step-by-step

Artwork & Events

Look and feel



Animal Memories

A collection of Animal Memories from inmates at 5 correctional institutions across 3 regions of Canada is now available in a magazine format!  This national Kickstarter project was a collaborative effort of the Citizen Advisory Committee, Correctional Service Canada, and the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina. The goal is to raise awareness about the many benefits of the human-animal bond or connection by:
1. Profiling human-animal bond research evidence and several animal-assisted interventions in CSC institutions, and
2. Inviting inmates to share animal memories including stories of personal experience, artwork, photos and poetry.

The on-line magazine is available here.
A limited supply of hard copies is also available by contacting Colleen at colleen.dell@usask.ca.
Additional submissions not in the magazine are available here.
Read the news release here.
Voluntary consent was secured for the use of all photos and submissions by participants in this publication.  

A large team has contributed to the work found on this website, including funders, Indigenous Elders and communities, colleagues, students, family, academic mentors and those who push me to ‘show them the evidence’. My sincere appreciation to all, alongside the land and animals, without whom we would not be.
– Dr. Colleen Anne Dell



Contact Info

Dr. Colleen Anne Dell
Research Chair in One Health & Wellness
Department of Sociology
Room 1109 – 9 Campus Drive
University of Saskatchewan
Email: colleen.dell@usask.ca
Phone: (306) 966-5912
Fax: (306) 966-6950
Maryellen Gibson
Assistant to the Research Chair
Email: alicia.husband@usask.ca
Phone: (306) 966-6917
Fax: (306) 966-6950

Photo Credits: D. Batstone & USask