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Colleen Dell

Professor and Research Chair in One Health & Wellness, University of Saskatchewan

Colleen Anne Dell is a Professor & Research Chair in One Health and Wellness at the University of Saskatchewan in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health. She is also a Senior Research Associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction. She is the founder and co-director of the Grounded in a community-based participatory approach, her research focuses on healing from addictions and mental health, with specific attention to Indigenous populations and animal-assisted interventions. She works alongside community and academic partners, including canines, in studies examining how the human-animal bond can mutually enrich wellness among individuals, animals and communities. These projects include federal prisoners, university students, seniors, addictions treatment clients, war veterans, and youth. Colleen has worked extensively at the community and national levels, including with the Elizabeth Fry Society, Correctional Service Canada, and the Senate of Canada. Underlying Colleen’s work is a belief in bringing together different ways of knowing. Her commitment to facilitating understanding is recognized in the production of a variety of unique knowledge mobilization products from her funded studies, including music videos and paintings. She has also trained two service dogs to try to better understand her research field. You can follow her canine co-researchers on Facebook at and her scholarly work at


  • –present
    Professor and Research Chair in One Health & Wellness, University of Saskatchewan


In 2017, Colleen Dell was named to the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, a part of the Canadian Honours System, in recognition of her humanitarian research and community service specific in the animal-assisted intervention field. In 2022 she promoted to the rank of Officer by St. John Ambulance. In 2023 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Saskatchewan) in the field of Health Care (Research).