Cheryl Krause-Parello completed her PhD in Nursing Research at Rutgers University, where she developed a program of human-animal interaction research. Her dissertation research (2007) examined the relationships among loneliness, pet attachment, social support, and well-being in older adults. The results demonstrated that pet attachment mediated the effect of loneliness on aspects of well-being.
Over the past several years, Krause-Parello has expanded her research and has begun examining the relationship between human-animal interaction and stress biomarkers in vulnerable populations, including military veterans and children of alleged sexual abuse. The long-term goal of her program of research is to implement effective interventions to modulate the long-term effects of PTSD on returning active duty military and veterans and to identify additional populations where this intervention will be effective. One of Dr. Krause-Parello's prospective goals is to provide the evidence to support changes in public policy so that service dogs will be covered as a reimbursable medical expense for those recovering from a service connected condition.
Krause-Parello has developed and is the director of a university-based health research initiative for veterans (C-P.A.W.W.
). She has authored a multitude of peer-reviewed journal publications and has presented at numerous national and international conferences to share her findings. In July 2016, she was named President Elect of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ). Her work on animal-assisted interventions (AAI) has received national attention from the media, including 7News Denver, The American Nurse, CU Connections, Pets in the City, Cat Fancy, USA Weekend, and PCORI Digest, to name a few. Krause-Parello serves on nursing journal editorial boards and is a member of several national and international professional organizations related to her discipline. Krause-Parello is an American Nurses Foundation Scholar and her research achievements have been recognized by American Nursing Association: Denver Metro Regional Nightingale Luminary Award, 2015, Jessie M. Scott Award, 2014, Institute for Nursing: New Jersey State Nurses Association Diva Honoree Research Award 2012, Ronald E. McNair Program Summer Research Institute Research Mentor Award 2012, Presidential Excellence Award for Scholarship 2012, Faculty Research Mentor of the Year Award 2011, and the National Association of School Nurses Research Recognition Award 2011. Krause-Parello continues to expand her involvement in professional research, training, and community engagement.