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Dr. Colleen Carney profile

Dr. Colleen Carney, C.Psych.

Associate Professor
EducationPhD, Louisiana State University
Phone416-979-5000 ext. 552177
Areas of Expertiseinsomnia; depression; rumination; cognition and mood


Dr. Carney specializes in the study of sleep and mood disorders, most notably major depressive disorder and insomnia disorder. Dr. Carney is an Associate Professor at Ryerson, the Director of the Sleep and Depression (SAD) Laboratory, the President of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Special Interest Group of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Acting Co-Chair of the Insomnia Interest Group of the Canadian Sleep Society and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.  Dr. Carney’s research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute for Nursing Research, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Ministry of Research and Innovation. Current research at the SAD Lab focuses on the relation between cognition, fatigue and sleep in a variety of psychiatric and medical populations. There are specific interests in: 1) cognitive vulnerability to insomnia and depression (e.g., symptom-focused rumination and sleep-related beliefs), 2) the etiological role of insomnia in depression, 3) fatigue management, and 4) the relation between sleep and fatigue. Students in Dr. Carney’s lab have the opportunity to learn about clinical research, how to assess for sleep disorders, behavioural sleep medicine techniques, as well as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) for insomnia and CBT for depression. Dr. Carney has provided over 100 training workshops worldwide in the area of cognitive behavioural treatment of insomnia and/or depression; she has over 100 publications including 9 books on the treatment of insomnia.  


Selected Publications & Presentations

Maich, K.H.G., Lachowski, A.M., Harris, A., & Carney, C.E. (In press). Psychometric properties of the core consensus sleep diary in those with insomnia disorder. SLEEP

Woznica, A.A. Carney, C.E., Kuo, J.R., & Moss, T.G. (2015).  The insomnia and suicide link: Toward an enhanced understanding of this relationship. Sleep Medicine Reviews 22, 37-46.

Moss, Taryn G., Carney, C.E., Haynes, P., & Harris, A. (2015). Is daily routine important for sleep? An Investigation of social rhythms in a clinical insomnia population. Chronobiology International: Journal of Biological and Medical Rhythm Research, 32, 92-102,

Hartmann, J., Carney, C. E., Lachowski, A.M., & Edinger, J.D. (2015). Exploring the construct of subjective sleep quality in those with insomnia. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76, 768-773.

Carney, C. E., Moss, T. G., Lachowski, A. M, & Atwood, M. E. (2013). Understanding mental and physical fatigue complaints in those with depression and insomnia. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 12, 1-18.

Carney, C.E., Moss, T.G., Atwood, M.E., Crowe, B.M., & Andrews, A.J. (2013). Are poor sleepers afraid of the dark? A preliminary investigation. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 5, 1, 1-12.

Roecklein, K., Carney, C.E., Wong, P., Steiner, J., Hasler, B., & Franzen, P. (2013). The role of beliefs and attitudes about sleep in seasonal and nonseasonal mood disorder, and nondepressed controls. Journal of Affective Disorders, 150, 466-473.

Carney, C. E., Buysse, D.J., Ancoli-Israel, S., Edinger, J.D.,  Krystal, A. D., Lichstein, K.L., & Morin, C.M. (2012). The Consensus Sleep Diary: Standardizing prospective sleep self-monitoring. Sleep, 35, 287-302.

Harris, A.L., & Carney, C.E. (2012). Can we modify maladaptive attributions for fatigue? Cognitive Behaviour  Therapy, 41, 40-50.

Carney, C.E., Harris, A.L., Moss, T., & Edinger, J.D. (2010). Distinguishing rumination from worry in clinical insomnia.  Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48, 540-546. 

Carney, C.E., Edinger, J.D., Morin, C.M., Manber, R., Rybarcyk, B., Stepanski, E., Lack, L., Wright, H. (2010). Examining maladaptive beliefs about sleep across insomnia patient groups. Journal of Psychosomatic Research. 68, 57-65.

Carney, C.E., Edinger, J, D, Meyer, B, Lindman, L, & Istre, T. (2006). Symptom-focused rumination and sleep disturbance. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 4, 228-41.

Carney, C.E., & Edinger, J, D. (2006). Identifying critical beliefs about sleep in primary insomnia. Sleep, 29, 444-453.