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News12 featured Pace students in "Pace University hosts therapy dogs to combat final exam stress"

12/13/2019

News12 featured Pace students in "Pace University hosts therapy dogs to combat final exam stress"

Pace University students are taking a break from school work to snuggle with furry friends from the Good Dog Foundation.

“Having the dogs come for two days, finals week, that really helps and it really makes you feel like the school really wants to help and really wants to push students to do well and to feel not as stressed out,” says student Ethan Wood.

Along with students, the university’s faculty also looks forward to the precious moment.

"I would say these are my two favorite days of the semester," said Pace University librarian Steven Feyl. “They’re a stress relief, not just for the students but also for the staff, and there are faculty members that will come in and visit with the dogs as well.”

The National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that many recent studies find animal therapy benefits people with stress and depression. 

“I see students that just seem to be drained and lack energy just seem to have a revival of energy, so all of the sudden they’re animated, they’re engaged, they’re alert and being with a dog just helps them in that way,” says Nicole Gilpin, visit coordinator of the Good Dog Foundation.

Pace University has partnered with the organization for 10 years to help students tackle final exams.

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NY1 News featured Pace University in "Pace University Library Hosts Therapy Dogs During Exam Week"

12/12/2019

NY1 News featured Pace University in "Pace University Library Hosts Therapy Dogs During Exam Week"

Pace University teamed up with Therapy Dogs International to bring in Crispin. The golden retriever-husky mix gave students the chance to take a break from the books.

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"News-Medical.net" featured Pace University's Parenting, Prison, and Pups in "Using therapy dogs reduces stress and improves emotional well-being in vulnerable adults"

02/11/2019

"News-Medical.net" featured Pace University's Parenting, Prison, and Pups in "Using therapy dogs reduces stress and improves emotional well-being in vulnerable adults"

...With Pace University, we are partners with their Department of Criminal Justice in designing and implementing a pilot study of female prisoners struggling to learn parenting skills prior to reunification with minor children.

Some 70% of female inmates in the U.S. leave minor kids behind when incarcerated, and this severs and wounds the mother-child bond. Female inmates have a tougher time than males in jail, and their kids are an at-risk population, far more likely to end up in jail.

Our study, ‘Parenting, Prison, and Pups’ is now in its third year and already spotlighting the power of dogs to comfort prisoners and enhance learning. We’re hoping results show a positive, cost-effective scalable option for rehabilitating prisoners, especially those with children.

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"WCBS 880" featured Pace University's Dyson Criminal Law Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Stories From Main Street: Using Dogs To Help With Incarcerated Mothers' Parenting Skills"

10/22/2018

"WCBS 880" featured Pace University's Dyson Criminal Law Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox in "Stories From Main Street: Using Dogs To Help With Incarcerated Mothers' Parenting Skills"

VALHALLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- Smiles are hard to come by behind bars, but at the Westchester County Jail, some friendly dogs are changing all that.

Buddy the Labradoodle gets big hugs, and Mambo the black Lab gets plenty of love too.

“It’s a big morale booster – not only for the prisoners, but also for the staff. Everyone gets excited when they see the dogs come in,” said Pace University Criminal Law Professor Kimberly Collica-Cox.

As WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reported in this week’s edition of “Stories from Main Street,” Collica-Cox has won a National Jefferson Award for her unique parenting course for incarcerated mothers.

“I think the dogs bring out a level of caring and nurturing that you often don’t see in the corrections environment. It’s very hard for them to trust others that are here,” she said. “You can open up with the dogs, right? The dogs are very loving. They’re nonjudgmental.”

Drugs landed Rachel in jail. It’s difficult being separated from her 8-year-old son, and the dogs cheer her  up.

“They give us a lot of kisses,” she said. “They calm us down when you pet them – you know, it makes you feel better.”

Jeanette is serving a sentence for driving while intoxicated.

“It’s just a little life and innocence to the jail; comfort,” she said.

Dr. Collica-Cox aims to instill good parenting skills, so as to help  the women mend their relationships with their children and their families.

“And we use the dogs as an example, you know, of how to implement rules and what happens when we don’t implement rules, and then sort of segue into how we implement rules with children, so since the children can’t be here, they serve as a nice avatar – for example, right – in replacement from the children,” Collica-Cox said.

With help from Dr. Collica-Cox and the dogs, Rachel is determined to get back to her son.

“I think it’s going to make all of us better moms, you know? This is a dark place, you know, so it’s a light in a dark place,” Rachel said. “It helps us come out and come together as parents.”

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