Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is an interesting and innovative approach to well-being and health across the lifespan. Below are some samples of the media attention Dr. Krause-Parello’s work has received.
- Dr. Krause-Parello was interviewed on radio station, KEZW, on April 29, 2015. On the program, she speaks about the development of the C-P.A.W.W. initiative and future steps to be taken. You can listen to the entire segment on Soundcloud.
7News Denver: Colorado researcher hopes to change face of veteran care with service dogs
"'Twenty-two vets a day are dying by suicide,' said Parello. 'They can't wait two years for a service dog.'"
CU Connections: CU Anschutz Researcher Examining Impact of Service Dogs on Returning Vets
"'Through the C-P.A.W.W. program, veterans are reporting that they are more empowered to speak about their own experiences and advocate for their own health needs. With this knowledge, we hope to pair more service animals with more veterans, and ultimately, change the face of veteran care and public policy.'"
Rutgers Magazine: Sit, Stay, Heal
"'It's that reciprocal relationship and that unconditional love and commitment,' says Krause-Parello, a lifelong dog owner. 'If there's stress of something upsetting or something happy, they;re right there by your side, always looking out for you and having your back.'"
Cat Fancy: Feline Comfort- Evidence Suggests that Cats Can Help People Cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.pdf
"[Dogs] can be trained much more quickly, but [research assistant, Nora Mund] says there's no reason why other pets, including cats, would not be great companions, because the 'unconditional love' factor is huge when it comes to anxiety, depression and loneliness."
Rutgers Spotlight: Helping Wounded Warriors through Research and Action
"[Dr. Krause-Parello] has expanded her research to examine the relationship between human-animal interaction and stress biomarkers in vulnerable populations including military veterans and children of alleged sexual abuse."
CU Newsroom: A Veteran's Best Friend
The C-P.A.W.W. team and partner, Jill Wilschke, were recently featured in the Top 10 stories of 2014 by the CU Newsroom!
Elaintieto.fi: Greetings from ISAZ and IAHAIO 2014
Dr. Krause-Parello was recently written up in a Swedish blog post about her presentation at the 2014 ISAZ conference. The blog post is in Swedish, but google translate can put the post into English.
Imprint- The Professional Magazine for Student Nurses: ComPAWWsionate Care: Sarni Combines Nursing School with Research
"For Sarah, being involved with C-P.A.W.W. is more than just a nursing school endeavor. It is her way of giving back to military families and the country... 'We really have a lot to do. It's not just the canine aspect. It's a veterans' health initiative.'"
2014 ANA National Awards Ceremony Highlight Video
Dr. Krause-Parello was recognized by the American Nurses Association for her work. The above link takes you to the point in the ANA video where Dr. Krause-Parello is highlighted.
CU Connections: Five questions for Cheryl Krause-Parello
"Her dissertation examined how companion animals (dogs and cats) affected loneliness, social support and well-being in older adults. Over the past five years, Krause-Parello expanded her research to include 'human-animal interaction and stress biomarkers in vulnerable populations including military veterans and children of alleged sexual abuse.' Long-term, Krause-Parello hopes to find ways to use canines to moderate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder on returning active-duty military members and veterans."
American Nurses Association New York: Nurses’ Convention Keynote Promotes Importance of Service Dogs.pdf
"Krause-Parello has worked widely in the field of animal/human interaction and is currently focused on research that measures the effect of service dogs on stress markers in veterans seeking palliative care. 'Many people enjoy relationships with pets, but with service animals we believe they can have a significant impact on improving care for veterans in the hospital and in their lives' Krause-Parello said. 'We are continuing to develop the evidence that service dogs are an effective intervention with the goal of getting service animals to more veterans.'"
CU Newsroom: Cheryl Krause-Parello: Recognized nationally by nursing colleagues
"Krause-Parello is widely known for improving the health of wounded warriors through animal-assisted interventions. She has built a portfolio of scholarship and advanced research measuring psychobiological outcomes of animal interaction among military veterans, culminating in October 2013 when she founded C-P.A.W.W. [...] Through this program, she has created a network of veterans' organizations and health care facilities to partner in her research and, based on her findings, to implement animal-assisted interaction to improve military health."
The American Nurse: Her innovative projects to improve health of veterans, wounded warriors.pdf
"Then as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq continued [...] I wanted to do something to give back, especially to those who sacrificed so much for our freedom. I expanded my research to see if animal-assisted interventions can improve the health of military veterans. I'm really trying to build the science around the therapeutic use of animals, because once that happens, we can change public policy and make it an evidence-based, reimbursable treatment."
Pets in the City Magazine: Helping Our Heroes: Can Dogs Aid Returned Veterans?
"'Plenty of anecdotal evidence indicates that dogs help. Dogs are nonjudgmental and supremely compassionate,' says [Research Assistant, Jessica] Grey. 'The goals of the research are to provide objective data that indicate how canines relieve stress and to find the cases in which canines can be a reliable source of stress relief. Ultimately, we hope the data will make it easier for those need this kind of assistance to get it.'" (pg 16-17)
CU Connections: Man's best friend may actually help heal
"Animals have been serving humans for thousands of years, but scientific research indicates that they may also play a key role in healing, especially for those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Imagine hearing this from your provider: 'Play with your dog for two hours and call me in the morning.' Research by Associate Professor Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, PhD, RN, may lead to just that."
Orange County Register: Keeping stress on a leash
"There is evidence that interacting with and owning an animal can decrease certain stress markers. But there has not been much research about the effects of service dogs in improving the mental health of veterans with PTSD, nor enough research to define what a service dog is versus a companion dog, said Cheryl Krause-Parello, an associate professor in nursing at the University of Colorado."
ReadTheSpirit Online Magazine: Dogs, Bees and Us: Does "Lassie" reduce stress?
"If a lab analyzes your saliva for stress biomarkers, you'll find that they have fallen after watching the canine clip. Watching Lassie reduces stress. That's the conclusion of research conducted by Cheryl A. Krause-Parello, currently an associate professor at the University of Colorado [Denver] College of Nursing and Director of Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors- C-P.A.W.W."
USA Weekend: Why pets are good for us
"In recent years, research has demonstrated the healthful benefits of pets. Now, investigators are trying to figure out why pets are good for us. Krause-Parello, assistant professor and director of the Center for Nursing Research at Kean University in Union, N.J., learned that people feel better after watching a Lassie flick because their levels of cortisol, a hormone associated with stress, take a free fall."
Living Media: People On The Move: Cheryl A. Krause-Parello
"Their innovative two-year study, commencing at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD this summer, will explore how animal-assisted therapy may reduce the stress biomarkers present in saliva, such as cortisol and immunoglobulin A (IgA), in combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and combat-related traumatic brain injury. 'We will be looking to see if their stress indicators reduce, if blood pressure falls, if they look forward to the dog coming, and if there’s a lasting effect from the canine visitation. We will take the physiologic measurements before, after and 30 minutes after the canine’s visit, and compare the results to routine care. This is an investigation to see where this type of research can lead to,' Dr. Krause-Parello says."