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Dr. Colleen Carney profile

Dr. Colleen Carney, C.Psych.

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 a Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, 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. 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; and has over 100 publications including 12 books on the treatment of insomnia.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Lau, P. H., Carney, A. E., Marway, O. S., Carmona, N. E., Amestoy, M., & Carney, C. E. (2022). Investigating the Antidepressant Effects of CBT-I in Those with Major Depressive and Insomnia Disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders Reports, 100366.

Carmona, N. E., Usyatynsky, A., Kutana, S., Corkum, P., Henderson, J., McShane, K., Shapiro, C. M., Sidani, S., Stinson, J., & Carney, C. E. (2021). Improving access and outcomes for teen sleepers: Results from a feasibility trial of an evidence-based app for sleep disturbance. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 5, 1, e25392. 

Edinger, J. D., Arnedt, J. T., Bertisch, S. M., Carney, C. E., Harrington, J. J., Lichstein, K. L., ... & Martin, J. L. (2021). Behavioral and psychological treatments for chronic insomnia disorder in adults: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine clinical practice guideline. Journal of clinical sleep medicine, 17(2), 255-262.

Edinger, J. D., Arnedt, J. T., Bertisch, S. M., Carney, C. E., Harrington, J. J., Lichstein, K. L., ... & Martin, J. L. (2021). Behavioral and psychological treatments for chronic insomnia disorder in adults: An American Academy of Sleep Medicine systematic review, meta-analysis, and GRADE assessment. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 17 (2), 263-298.

Harris, A. L., Carmona, N. E., Moss Atlin, T. G., & Carney, C. E. (2020). Testing the contiguity of the sleep and fatigue relationship: A daily diary study. Sleep, 44(5), 1-12.    

Atwood, M., Lachowski, A.M., & Carney, C.E. (2020). Feasibility of Combining Music and Autobiographical Recall to Induce Imaginal Fatigue. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 53(1), 71–77.

Maich, K. H., Lachowski, A. M., & Carney, C. E. (2018). Psychometric Properties of the Consensus Sleep Diary in Those With Insomnia Disorder. Behavioral Sleep Medicine, 16(2), 117-134.

Carney, C. E., Edinger, J. D., Kuchibhatla, M., Lachowski, A. M., Bogouslavsky, O., Krystal, A. D., & Shapiro, C. M. (2017). Cognitive behavioral insomnia therapy for those with insomnia and depression: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Sleep, 40(4), zsx019.

Moss, T.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., 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.