Professor in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health, University of Saskatchewan

Colleen Anne Dell was appointed as the Research Chair in Substance Abuse at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007.  Funded by the Government of Saskatchewan, her work emphasizes research, community outreach, and training.  Dell is also Professor in the Department of Sociology and School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan, and a Research Associate with the Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre at U Saskatchewan.  She has secured over $3.5M in external funding for her research program as a PI, has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles, 15 book chapters and 50 technical reports, and co-edited a special issue of Substance Use & Misuse.  Dell has also translated her research findings into songs, music videos and art work. Dell’s research interests include identity and stigma and their relationship to healing from drug addiction, SM treatment and programming, the connection between youth resilience and inhalant abuse, animal assisted interventions as a healing approach to addictions and mental health, and research methodology and evaluation.  Her research focuses on Indigenous populations, criminalized women, and drug-using populations.  Dell’s research studies are grounded in a community-based, participatory approach and she mentors a strong cadre of graduate students.  In 2010 she received the YWCA Women of Distinction award in Research, Science and Technology.


Office of the Research Chair in Substance Abuse
Department of Sociology & School of Public Health
University of Saskatchewan

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