Candy Wilson, PHD, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN
Candy Wilson is a retired military officer who joined the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) as an Associate Professor in Aug 2022. She earned her doctorate degree from the University of Colorado at Denver, a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee Knoxville, a master’s degree from Duke University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Western Kentucky University. She is a women’s health nurse practitioner who spent the last 16 years of her military career conducting clinical research to help military members. She is the proud mom of her two Cockapoo dogs: Cooper and Kodiak (Kodi) Bear. Dogs have been such an important part of the continuity in her military home for her children as they moved all over the country. With nine military moves and numerous deployments, no matter where she was, there was a dog at home waiting for her. Colonel Wilson (retired) originally became aware of C-P.A.W.W. while active duty and met Dr. Cheryl Krause-Parello at Joint Base Andrews when she became part of Dr. Krause-Parello’s study measuring the effect of dogs on reducing stress level of wounded service members returning from theater. Now at FAU and with the support of C-P.A.W.W., she plans to focus her research on the role companion dogs have on chronic pain in military veterans.