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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN

Associate Professor; Director, C-P.A.W.W. (Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors), Health Research Initiative for Veterans


www.nursing.ucdenver.edu/C-PAWW

cheryl.krause-parello@ucdenver.edu

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 five years, Dr. Krause-Parello has expanded her research and began examining the relationship between human-animal interaction and stress biomarkers in vulnerable populations including military veterans and children of alleged sexual abuse. The preliminary results support the hypothesis that animal-assisted intervention (AAI) reduces salivary stress biomarkers: cortisol, alpha-amylase, and immunoglobulin A and support further investigation on the psychobiological benefits of AAI. In order to build the science of human-animal interaction, Dr. Krause-Parello is building an interdisciplinary team of colleagues from military nursing and medicine, genetics, chemistry, biology, social work, and biostatistics to promote further understanding of the biological component of human-animal interaction in vulnerable populations. External funding has currently been awarded to advance her program of research by TriService Nursing Research Program, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science/American Nurses Foundation Grant, Sigma Theta Tau International Grant Award, and Sigma Theta Tau International/Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science Research Grant. Dr. Krause-Parello’s program of research is expected to provide empirical knowledge on the effects of animal-assisted intervention on human stress encompassing illness as well as health states among vulnerable populations that can ultimately be implemented in the acute care and community settings. The long term goal of her program of research is to implement effective interventions which will 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.

Dr. Krause-Parello has developed and is the director of a university-based health research initiative for veterans. Dr. Krause-Parello has authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and has presented numerous international and national papers disseminating the findings of her work. Moreover, her work on AAI has received national news media. Dr. Krause-Parello serves on nursing journal editorial boards and is a member of several international and national professional organizations related to her discipline. Dr. Krause-Parello is an American Nurses Foundation Scholar and her research achievements have been recognized by American Nursing Association: 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.
 
Dr. Krause-Parello received her BSN from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, her MSN in Nursing Case Management/Nursing Administration from Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey, and her PhD in Nursing Research from Rutgers University in New Jersey. In 2013, she received a Research Training Fellowship to attend the Summer Genetics Institute (SGI) intensive research training program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Krause-Parello is attending the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing Research Summer Scholars seminar in the summer of 2014. She is an experienced nurse educator and scientist, has served in leadership positions in both academic and clinical settings, and has developed curricula for Master’s and PhD nursing programs. Dr. Krause-Parello is also the recent recipient of a grant from The Anschutz Foundation.
 
 
​Degree ​Awarding Institution ​Field of Study ​Graduation Date
PhD Rutgers University Nursing​ ​2007
MSN ​Saint Peter's University ​Case Management/ Nursing Administration 2000​
Cert. Caldwell College​ ​School Nurse Certificate ​1998
BSN ​Seton Hall University ​Nursing ​1989
 

  1. Krause-Parello, C. A. (in press). Examining demographic and psychosocial predictors of well-being in older pet owners. International Journal of Nursing.
  2. Krause-Parello, C. A., & Friedmann, E. (in press). The use of animal-assisted intervention to examine the effects of salivary alpha-amylase, immunoglobulin A, and heart rate during forensic interviews in child sexual assault cases. Anthrozoos.
  3. Krause-Parello, C. A., Wesley, Y., & Campbell, M. (2014). Examining pet attitude in relation to loneliness and parenthood motivation in pet-owning adults. Health, 6, 598-606.
  4. Krause-Parello, C. A. (2013). An overview of nursing research and relevance to school nursing practice. NASN School Nurse, 28, 294-296.
  5. Mahmoud, R. & Krause-Parello, C. A. (2013). A systematic review of the literature on scoliosis. British Journal of School Nursing, 8(7), 349-353.
  6. Krause-Parello, C. A. & Gulick, E. (2013). Situational factors related to loneliness and loss over time among older pet-owners. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(7), 905-919.
  7. Krause-Parello, C. A., Sarcone, A., Samms, K., & Boyd, Z. (2013). Developing a center for nursing research: an influence on nursing education and research through mentorship. Nurse Education in Practice, 13(2), 106-112. 
  8. Gulick, E., & Krause-Parello, C. A. (2012). Factors Related to Type of Companion Pet Living with Older Women. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, 50(11), 30-37.
  9. Bowen, M., Taylor, K., Marcus- Aiyeku, U., & Krause- Parello, C. A. (2012). An examination of stress, coping and adaptation in nurses in a recovery and monitoring program. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 23(3), 159-166.
  10. Krause-Parello, C. A. (2012). Pet ownership and older women: The relationships among loneliness, pet attachment support, human social support, and depressed mood. Geriatric Nursing, 33(3), 194-203.
  11. Krause-Parello, C. A., Tychowski, J., Gonzalez, A., Boyd, Z. (2012). Human-canine interaction: Exploring stress indicator response patterns of salivary cortisol and immunoglobulin A. Research and Theory for Nursing Practice, 26(1), 25-40.
  12. Dyson, M. M., & Krause-Parello, C. A. (2012). Impact of lead exposure on school age children in the US. British Journal of School Nursing, 7(1), 20-27.
  13. Krause-Parello, C. A., & Samms, K. (2011). School nursing in a contemporary society: What are the roles and responsibilities? Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 34, 26–39.
  14. Orrico, J. A., & Krause-Parello, C.A. (2010) Facts, Fiction, and Figures of the Sarcoptes scabiei Infection.  Journal of School Nursing, 26(4), 260-266.
  15. Krause-Parello, C. A., & Samms, K. (2010). School Nurses in New Jersey: A Quantitative Inquiry on Roles and Responsibilities. Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 15(3), 217-222.
  16. Krause-Parello, C. A., & Samms, K. (2009). The US model: The role of school nurses in New Jersey. British Journal of School Nursing, 4(6), 287-292.
  17. Krause-Parello C. A. & Sciscione P. (2009).  Bedbugs:  An equal opportunist and cosmopolitan creature. Journal of School Nursing, 25(2), 126-132.
  18. Krause-Parello, C. A. (March, 2009).  Research funding: Where to begin?  National Association of School Nurses (NASN) Newsletter, 77-78.
  19. Fitzsimons, V. M., & Krause-Parello, C. A. (2009). Military children:  When parents are deployed overseas. Journal of School Nursing, 25(1), 40-47.
  20. Krause-Parello, C. A. (2009).  Relationships among pet attachment support and human health outcomes in women of color.  In Y. Wesley (Ed.), African American Women and Health (pp. 243-257). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  21. Krause-Parello, C. A. (2008).  Pet Attachment Support:  What are the Relationships among Loneliness, Social Support, and Subjective Well-Being in Older Adults?  Germany: VDM Publishing Co.
  22. Krause-Parello, C. A. (2008).  The mediating effect of pet attachment support between loneliness and general health in older females living in the community. Journal of Community Health Nursing, 25(1), 1-14.
  23. Krause-Parello, C. A. (2008).  Loneliness in the school setting. Journal of School Nursing, 42(2), 66-70.
Title ​Organization ​Year
Jessie M. Scott Award American Nurses Association 2014​
Diva Honoree Research Award Institute for Nursing: New Jersey State Nurses Association 2012​
Research Mentor Award Ronald E. McNair Program Summer Research Institute​ 2012​
Presidential Excellence Award for Scholarship Kean University​ ​2012
American Nurses Foundation Scholar American Nurses Foundation​ ​2011
Faculty Research Mentor of the Year Award Kean University​ ​2011
Research Recognition Award​ National Association of School Nurses 2011​
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C-P.A.W.W., Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors: A Health Research Initiative for Veterans in the College of Nursing, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus. Anschutz Foundation Award ($150,000) (Role: PI), April 2014

Working Dogs for Wounded Warriors: Effects of animal-assisted therapy on PTSD, TriService Nursing Research Program Exploratory Award ($304,325) Walter Reed Military Medical Center Bethesda, MD (Role: AI) 3/1/2012-2/28/2014

Therapy Canines and Senior Veterans: Impacting in Vitro and in Vivo Stress Indicators through Animal-Assisted Intervention, Presidential Scholars Challenge (PSC) ($53,264) Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 1/1/12-12/31/12

Canine Companions during Forensic Interviews: Examining Stress Indicators in Sexually Abused Children, Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)/American

Nurses Foundation Grant ($10,000) Fort Worth, Texas (Role: PI) 09/01/11-08/31/13 Kean University’s Center for Nursing Research Summit: World-Class Nursing at Kean University, Quality First Initiatives ($10,000) Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 1/1/12-12/31/12

Canine Visitation and Hospitalized Older Veterans: An Innovative Approach to Impacting Stress Indicators, Sigma Theta Tau International/The Council of the Advancement of Nursing Science ($5,000) VA Healthcare System (Role: PI) 11/01/12-10/31/14

Examining Stress Indicators in Sexually Abused Children: Canine Companionship during Forensic Interviews, Sigma Theta Tau International/Small Research Grant ($5,000) Norfolk, VA (Role: PI) 6/1/2012-5/31/2014

Therapy Canines: Supporting Sexually Abused Children during Forensic Interviews. Foundation Faculty Research Award ($4,000) Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 7/1/12-6/30/13

Behavioral and Psychobiologic Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Traumatic Stress Disorder in Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Release Time for Research Award ($400) Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 7/1/12-6/30/13

The Effects of Canine Visitation on Older Adults and their Caregivers Living in the Community, Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 5/01/2010-present

Therapy Canines: Supporting Sexually Abused Children during Forensic Interviews, Foundation Research Award ($5,000) Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 7/1/11-6/30/12

Behavioral and Psychobiologic Effects of Animal-Assisted Therapy on Traumatic Stress Disorder in Child Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Kean University Foundation Faculty Research Award ($5,400) Kean University, Union NJ (Role: PI) 12/01/10-5/31/11

The relationships among loneliness, pet attitude, and parenthood motivation in community dwelling pet owners of childbearing years, Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: Co-PI) 5/01/10-4/30/11

Current Roles and Responsibilities of School Nurses in the United States: An Application of Multi-Method Research, Release Time for Research Award ($400) Untenured Faculty

Research Initiative Award ($400) 7/1/09-6/30/10 Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 7/01/10-6/30/11and 7/1/09-6/30/10, respectively.                                    

Center for Nursing Research, Presidential Scholars Challenge Award ($37,000) Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 01/01/10-12/31/10

Pets and Human Health: The Biobehavioral and Psychobiologic Interface, New Research Initiatives Award ($15,000) Honors Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, Mu-Theta-at-Large Chapter: Research Award ($1,000) Kean University, Union, NJ (Role: PI) 1/05/09-1/05/2010 and 4/25/2009-5/01/2010, respectively.

​Cheryl A. Krause-Parello's research interests are outlined under the "funded projects" tab.