About Dr. Colleen E. Carney

Dr. Colleen E. Carney is an Associate Professor and Director of the Sleep and Depression Laboratory at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.  She is the current President of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders Special Interest Group. Dr. Carney was previously on faculty at Duke University Medical Center, where she was a recipient of the prestigious National Sleep Foundation’s Pickwick Fellowship.  Her main research areas are: how to best treat insomnia in the context of other mental health conditions and understanding comorbid insomnias. Her research has received support from the National Institute of Mental Health (R01 MH076856), National Institute of Nursing Research (R21 NR010539), the Canadian Institute of Health Research, and the Social Science and Humanities Research Council. She received the Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation.  As part of her clinical trial research, she and her students provide free Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for those with insomnia and other conditions. She trains students and mental health providers in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Insomnia at invited workshops, and international conferences each year, as well she helps practices implement CBT-I via intensive staff training and longterm consultation in varied treatment settings (e.g., primary, family care, mental health clinics).  She has numerous publications on the topic of cognitive vulnerability to insomnia and depression, and is a passionate advocate for improving treatment options for those with insomnia and other health problems.


Selected publications

Hartmann, J., Carney, C. E., Lachowski, A.M., & Edinger, J.D. (2015). Exploring the construct of subjective sleep quality in those with insomnia. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 76, 6, 768-773.

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: The Journal of Biological and Medical Rhythm Research, 32:1, 92-102.

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.

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.

Moss, T.G., Lachowski, A.M., & Carney, C. E. (2013). What All Treatment Providers Should Know about Sleep Hygiene Recommendations. The Behavior Therapist, 36, 4, 76-84.

Rogojanski, J., Carney, C.E., & Monson, C.M. (2013). Interpersonal Factors in Insomnia: A Model for Integrating Bed Partners into Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 17, 1, 55–64.

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(2):287-302.

Schwartz, D., & Carney, C.E. (2012). Mediators of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia: A Review of Randomized Controlled Trials and Secondary Analysis Studies. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 7, 664–675.

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

Carney, C.E., Ulmer, C., Edinger, J.D., ,Krystal, A.D., & Knauss, F. (2009).  Assessing depression symptoms in those with insomnia: An examination of the Beck Depression Inventory Second Edition (BDI-II). Journal of Psychiatric Research, 43(5):576-82.

Books by Dr.Carney