Nominations are open for 2020
This award, supported by CIHR – Institute of Cancer Research, honours a new investigator for outstanding contributions to research in the field of psychosocial oncology. Candidates must be within seven years of completing their postgraduate, fellowship or equivalent specialist training (defined as a PhD or MD or equivalent). Please note times of prolonged leave (e.g. medical leave, maternity leave, compassionate leave) should not be counted towards the seven years.
Recipients are distinguished by the level and quality of research output at this early career stage.
2019 Early Career Investigator Award Recipient:
Dr. Sheila Garland
Dr. Sheila Garland received her PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the University of Calgary under the supervision of Drs. Linda Carlson and Tavis Campbell. She completed a 3-year CIHR funded post-doctoral fellowship in behavioural sleep medicine and integrative oncology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Since 2015, Dr. Garland has been a registered clinical psychologist, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Oncology, and the director of the Sleep, Health, & Wellness Laboratory at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Her work focuses on helping people with cancer sleep well and live better and she has been involved in the development, delivery, and evaluation of exploratory and evidence-based interventions including cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I), mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), and acupuncture. She has received research awards from the Society for Behavioral Sleep Medicine, the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute, the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the Society for Integrative Oncology. Dr. Garland was also awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Engagement Partnerships for her patient-oriented research with Young Adult Cancer Canada from Memorial University. To date, she has received approximately $750,000 in research grants and has published 61 peer-reviewed papers and 7 book chapters.