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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) Behavioral Sleep Medicine 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.

Recent Publications

  • Woznica, A. A., Carney, C. E., Kuo, J. R., & Moss, T. G. (Accepted). The insomnia and suicide link: Toward an enhanced understanding of this relationship. Sleep Medicine Reviews.
  • Moss, Taryn G., Carney, C.E., Haynes, P., & Harris, A. (In press). Is daily routine important for sleep? An Investigation of social rhythms in a clinical insomnia population.
  • Hartmann, J., Carney, C. E., Lachowski, A.M., & Edinger, J.D. (Accepted). Exploring the construct of subjective sleep quality in those with insomnia. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.
  •  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, 2, 466-473.
  • 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.
  • Carney, C. E, Harris, A. L., Falco, A., & Edinger, J. D. (2013). The relation between insomnia symptoms, mood and rumination about insomnia symptoms. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, 9, 567-575.
  • 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, 55-64.


  • Carney, C.E., & Posner, D. (In press). Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia for those with Depression. Routledge.
  • Edinger, J.D. & Carney, C.E. (2015). Overcoming Insomnia: A Cognitive Behavioral Insomnia Approach, Therapist Guide. Part of the “Treatments that Work” series. Oxford University Press, NY.
  • Edinger, J.D. & Carney, C.E. (2015). Overcoming Insomnia: A Cognitive Behavioral Insomnia Approach, Workbook. Part of the “Treatments that Work” series. Oxford University Press, NY.
  • Manber, R. & Carney, C.E. (2015). Treatment Plans and Interventions: Insomnia. A Case Formulation Approach. Part of the “Treatment Planner” Series (Robert L. Leahy, Ed.). The Guilford Press, Berkeley, CA.