Doctor of Social Sciences Keynote

6:30PM to 8:30PM March 6, 2015
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Academic researchers are facing increasing pressure to make their findings more accessible, but often lack the training to do so. University of Saskatchewan Research Chair in Substance Abuse Colleen Anne Dell has engaged in research processes that have enabled her to translate her research findings into creative formats – such as music videos, recipe cards, and workbooks – to offer evidence-based support and inspiration for workers in the substance abuse field. In this presentation, she will share details of how she does so.

Dr. Dell will also illustrate the interdisciplinary nature of her work from her most recent project on animal assisted interventions with the adoption of a One Health framework. This has been her biggest challenge yet – to acknowledge the human, animal and environment interface in her work to contribute integrated ways of thinking about system and service delivery in the addiction, mental health and other similar fields.

In addition to being a professor and Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Dell is also a senior research associate with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, Canada’s national addictions agency. Her research is grounded in an empowering community-based participatory approach and is specific to Indigenous populations, criminalized women and drug using populations. Her research interests focus on healing and wellness, and include identity, animal assisted interventions, treatment programming, health promotion, self-harm and evaluation. She has worked extensively at the community and national levels, including with the Elizabeth Fry Society, Correctional Service Canada and the Senate of Canada.

Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

For more information, please contact Carole Sandhu at, 250-391-2712, ext. 4753.