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  • Dr. Sheila N. Garland, PhD, R Psych


Assistant Professor, Discipline of Psychology 
Cross Appointed to the Discipline of Oncology


Memorial University of Newfoundland

Research Interests:

Psychosocial Oncology, Insomnia and Sleep Disturbances, Cancer treatment side effects (fatigue, cognitive problems, sexual function, etc), Mind-body Interventions, Stress and Health, Behavioural Clinical Trials

Helping people with cancer sleep and live better

Dr. Garland’s research is focused on understanding the development of insomnia during cancer and how best to treat this and other cancer-related side effects. Seeing sleep as a foundation for all other health behaviors, Dr. Garland and her lab are investigating whether improving sleep can produce cascading effects on other symptoms such as cognitive impairment. She also has a special interest in the experience and recovery from cancer in young adults.

Involvement with BHCRI to date:

Dr. Sheila Garland is a Senior Scientist






Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, Room SN3082, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 232 Elizabeth Avenue, St. John's, Newfoundland, A1B 3X9


For a Full List Refer to:

Garland, S. N., Irwin, M. R., Posner, D., & Perlis, M. P. (2018). Are sleep continuity disturbance and fatigue prodromal symptoms of cancer development? Medical Hypotheses, [Epub ahead of print]

Garland, S. N., Barg, F. K., Cakouros, B., Gehrman, P., Duhamel, K. N., & Mao, J. J. (2018). A Qualitative Examination of the Factors related to the Development and Maintenance of Insomnia in Cancer Survivors. Palliative and Supportive Care, doi: 10.1017/S1478951518000135. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:29764524

Garland, S. N., Eriksen, W., Dearing, J., Barg, F. K., Gehrman, P., & Mao, J. J. (2018). Factors that shape preference for acupuncture or cognitive behavioral therapy for the treatment of insomnia in cancer patients. Supportive Care in Cancer, 26(7), 2407-2415. PMID: 29423681

Johnson, J. A., Garland, S. N., Carlson, L. E., Savard, J., Simpson, J. S. A., Ancoli-Israel, S., & Campbell, T. S. (2017). Bright light therapy improves cancer-related fatigue in cancer survivors: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 12(2), 206-215. PMID: 29127575

MacLeod, J., Wolff, E., McAllister, A., Mao, J. J., & Garland, S. N. (2017). Including the Patient Voice in Patient-Centered Outcomes Research in Integrative Oncology. JNCI: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2017(52). PMID: 29140489

Garland, S. N., Xie, S. X., Li, Q., Seluzicki, C., Basal, C., & Mao, J. J. (2017). Comparative effectiveness of electro-acupuncture vs. gabapentin for sleep disturbance in breast cancer survivors with hot flashes: A randomized trial. Menopause, 24(5), 517-523. PMID: 27875389

Johnson, J. A., Rash, J., Campbell, T., Savard, J., Gehrman, P., Perlis, M., Carlson, L. E., & Garland, S. N. (2016). A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) in cancer survivors. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 27, 20-28. PMID: 26434673

Heckler, C. E., Garland, S. N., Peoples, A. R., Perlis, M. L., Shayne, M., Morrow, G. R., Kamen, C., Hoefler, J., & Roscoe, J. A. (2016). Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia, but not Armodafinil, improves fatigue in cancer survivors with insomnia: A randomized placebo controlled trial. Supportive Care in Cancer, 24(5), 2059-66. PMID: 26542272

Garland, S. N., Roscoe, J. A., Heckler, C. E., Barilla, H., Gehrman, P., Findley, J. F., Peoples, A. R., Morrow, G. R,, Kamen, C., Perlis, M. L. (2016). Effects of Armodafinil and Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia on Sleep Continuity and Daytime Sleepiness in Cancer Survivors. Sleep Medicine, 20, 18-24. PMID: 27318221

Garland, S. N., Gehrman, P., Barg, F., Xie, S. X., & Mao, J. J. (2016). CHoosing Options for Insomnia in Cancer Effectively (CHOICE): Design of a patient centered comparative effectiveness trial of acupuncture and cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 47, 349-355. PMID: 26956541

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