Colleen Dell

    Dr. Colleen Dell

    Professor

    Research areas


      • Aboriginal Culture as Intervention
      • Addictions
      • Animal Assisted interventions
      • Criminalization
      • Equine Therapy Knowledge Translation
      • Program Evaluation
      • Self-harm
      • Substance use, misuse and abuse
      • Treatment and healing
      • Volatile substance misuse
      • Women's health

    Current Research


    • Dr. Dell’s research is grounded in a community-based participatory approach, and through which the findings are naturally translated into action. Her currently funded research projects focus on the relationship between identity and healing from drug addiction, substance abuse programming, self-harm, animal assisted interventions, program evaluation and the connection between youth resiliency and inhalant abuse. Her research areas are specific to First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, drug using populations, and criminalized women.

    Current Courses


    • PUBH 847 – Studies in Addictions

    Recent Grants and Awards


    • 2014, Treating Drug Addiction with Animal Assisted Therapy, Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Research Initiative in Substance Misuse, Principal Investigator. ($49,500).

    • 2012, Honouring Our Strengths: Indigenous Culture as Intervention in Addictions Treatment, Canadian Institutes for Health, Institute of Aboriginal Peoples’ Health, Co-Principal Investigator. ($1,183,117).

    • 2010, Top 10 Research Success Story, 10th Anniversary Special Issue of Intersections, CIHR, Institute of Gender and Health.

    • 2011, From Stilettos to Moccasins: A Guide for Group Discussion. Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Planning and Dissemination Grant: Knowledge Translation Supplement, Co-Principal Investigator. ($98,782).

    • 2010, Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research-Horse as Healer: Treating Volatile Solvent Abuse through Equine Assisted Learning, Co-Principal Investigator. ($100,000).

    • 2010, YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Research, Science and Technology category, with S. Acoose.

    Select Publications


    • R. Taghizadeh Asl, B. Eshrati, C. Dell, K. Taylor, P. Afshar, M. Kamali, A. Mirzazadeh. 2013. “Outcome  Assessment of Triangular Clinics as a Harm Reduction Intervention in Rajaee-Shahr Prison, Iran”. Journal of Harm Reduction. 10:41.

    • C. Dell, C. Duncan, A. DesRoches, M. Bendig, M. Steeves, H. Turner, T. Quaife, C. McCann, B. Enns. 2013. “Unexpected Outcomes: Identifying the Theoretical Framework for a Youth Drug Prevention Program in Rural Saskatchewan, Canada Amidst a Process Evaluation”. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention and Policy. 8:36. pp. 1-12.

    • Barb Fornssler, H. McKenzie, Dell, C., L. LaLiberty, C. Hopkins. 2013. “I Got to Know Them in a New Way”:Rela(y/t)ing Rhizomes and Community-based Knowledge (brokers’) Transformation of  Western and Indigenous Knowledge”. Cultural Studies <=> Critical Methodologies. 14:2. 179-193. 

    • K. Lang, J. Neil, J. Wright, C. Dell, S. Berenbaum, A. El-Aneed. 2013. “Qualitative Investigation of Barriers to Accessing Care by People Who Inject Drugs in Saskatoon, Canada: Perspectives of Service Providers.” Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 8:35. pp. 1-11.

    • J. Brockman, E. Campbell, C. Dell, B. Fornssler, C. Hopkins, L. LaLiberte, H. McKenzie, D. Mykota, Elder C. Papequash, C. Ross, S. Swampy, T. Walker. 2012. Join the Conversation! Ne àwok làgà! Pi-Kakeekiton! Pe-mamiskota kista! Ne àwok nàgà! Paywiichipiikishkwayminaan! CES4Health. 6 pp & product (DVD).

    • C. Dell and J. Kilty. 2013. “The Creation of the Expected Aboriginal Woman Drug Offender in Canada: Exploring Relations between Victimization, Punishment, and Cultural Identity”. International Review of Victimology. 19:1.

    • C. Dell, G. Roberts, J. Kilty, K. Taylor, M. Daschuk, C. Hopkins, D. Dell. 2012. “Researching Prescription Drug Misuse among First Nations in Canada: Starting from a Health Promotion Framework”. Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment. 6, pp. 23-31. 

    • C. Dell, S. Gust, S. MacLean. 2011. Special Issue on Volatile Substance Misuse: A Global Perspective. Substance Use & Misuse: An International Interdisciplinary Forum. 47(S1), pp. 1-143.

    • C. Dell and D. Chalmers. 2011. “Equine-Assisted Therapy as an Adjunct to Solvent Abuse Treatment for First Nations Youth: A Key Consideration for Building an Empirical Knowledge Base”. Native Studies Review. 20(1), 59-87.

    • C. Dell, D. Chalmers, N. Bresette, S. Swain, D. Rankin, C. Hopkins. 2011. “Creating Healing Spaces: The Experiences of First Nations and Inuit Youth with Equine-Assisted Learning”. Child and Youth Care Forum.

    • C. Dell, M. Seguin, C. Hopkins, R. Tempier, R. Duncan, D. Dell, L. Mehl-Madrona, K. Mosier. 2011. “From Benzos to Berries: How Treatment Offered at an Aboriginal Youth Solvent Abuse Treatment Centre Highlights the Important Role of Culture”. In Review Series. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry. 56(2), pp. 75-83.

    • C. Dell, T. Lyons, K. Cayer. 2010. “The Role of ‘Kijigabandan’ and ‘Manadjitowin’ in Understanding Harm Reduction Policies and Programs for Aboriginal  Peoples”.  Native Social Work Journal. 7, pp. 109-138.

    • V. Desjarlais, C. Dell, J. Kilty. 2010. “This is Who I Am: Aboriginal Women’s Healing from Criminalization and Problematic Drug Use”. Journal of Prisoners on Prison. 20(1), pp. 58-71.