Cheryl Krause-Parello
Cheryl Krause-Parello.
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"The PhD program fully prepared me for my role as a nurse scientist. The faculty were experienced, knowledgeable, and challenged me to broaden my understanding of research."


Cheryl Krause-Parello

Helping Wounded Warriors through Research and Action

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.

She 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. The long-term goal of her program of research is to implement effective interventions that 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 is an associate professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, where she is founding director of a health research initiative for veterans, Canines Providing Assistance to Wounded Warriors (C-P.A.W.W.). 

She has authored several peer-reviewed journal publications and has presented numerous international and national papers disseminating the findings of her work. She serves on nursing journal editorial boards and is a member of several international and national 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: 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.

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