Joanne Singleton is a Professor at Pace University, College of Health Professions, Lienhard School of Nursing, and Associate Professor at SUNY-Downstate, College of Medicine, Family Medicine
An accomplished clinician, educator, researcher, author, editor, documentary and simulation filmmaker, Dr. Singleton is deeply engaged in studying the human-animal connection. Since 2016, her work focuses on assistance dogs and stress reduction as non-pharmacologic approaches to care, for patients and caregivers. She created and leads, Canines Assisting in Health (CAsH), the only program of this nature in the United States. CAsH supports individuals with disabilities teamed with a service dog by educating interprofessional healthcare students and providers to be knowledgeable about and culturally competent in providing care to this cultural community, as well as educating students and providers on the role of assistance animals in supporting human health. Dr. Singleton has a special partner in Professor Spirit, a service dog she is teamed with, who is her teaching, practice, and research partner. Dr. Singleton and Professor Spirit have educated thousands of healthcare professionals. They have helped hundreds of students, faculty, individuals with disabilities teamed with a service dog, and community members to reduce their stress through their evidence-based stress reduction practice, Paws & Breathe ®. CAsH’s range of dissemination, peer reviewed and invited, includes national workshops, classes, presentations, publications, internet and television coverage, and public service announcements.
Dr. Singleton received a Diploma in Nursing from St. Clare’s Hospital School of Nursing, a BA in Psychology for Marymount Manhattan, a MA in Urban Management for the New School for Social Research, a BSN in Nursing from Excelsior College, a PhD in nursing and post-master’s FNP from Adelphi University