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  • Samlau Kutana, BA

Supervisor:

Dr. Sheila N. Garland

Program of Study:

MSc, Experimental Psychology

Project Title:

User-centered development and testing of a smartphone app to treat insomnia in cancer survivors

Career Aspirations:

I aspire to have an impact on the field of Behavioural Sleep Medicine. One of the main goals of my research is to help bridge the gap between scientific research and clinical practice, namely by increasing access to evidence-based interventions. As part of my Master’s thesis, I am working together with cancer survivors to develop a smartphone app to treat insomnia, an extremely common hurdle faced by many survivors which can have devastating effects on health and recovery. By ensuring the app is developed in a user-centered manner, we will be able to maximize its adoption and efficacy for the target population. As a member of the Cancer Research Training Program (CRTP), I hope to build my skills as a researcher and develop a strong network of other skilled researchers that will help me succeed as a cancer researcher.

Location:

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Publications:

Kutana, S., & Lau, P. H. (2021). The impact of the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on sleep health. Canadian Psychology/Psychologie canadienne, 62(1), 12-19. https://doi.org/10.1037/cap0000256

Kutana, S., Lau, P.H., Carney, C.E. (2019, November). Prospective relationship between symptom-focused rumination and sleep disturbance. Poster presented at the 72nd Annual Ontario Psychological Association Conference, Toronto, ON.

Carmona, N. E., Usyatynsky, A., Kutana, S., Corkum, P., Henderson, J., McShane, K., Shapiro, C. M., Sidani, S., Stinson, J., & Carney, C. E. (2020). Improving access and outcomes for teen sleepers: Results from a feasibility trial of an evidence-based app for sleep disturbance [Manuscript submitted for publication]. http://doi.org/10.2196/preprints.25392

Carmona, N. E., Usyatynsky, A., Kutana, S., Corkum, P., Henderson, J., McShane, K., Shapiro, C. M., Sidani, S., Stinson, J., & Carney, C. E. (2021). Transdiagnostic self-management web–based app for sleep disturbance in adolescents and young adults: A feasibility and acceptability study [Manuscript submitted for publication, Journal of Medical Internet Research].

Posters:

Lau, P., Meiorin, T., & Kutana, S. (2021, March 18-19). Efficacy of cognitive behavioural insomnia therapy in depressed patients: A comparison of therapist-rated adherence, dropout rate, and insomnia recovery. Poster presented at the 2021 Anxiety and Depression Virtual Conference.

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