Recent Publication: "About 30% of Canadians suffer from a sleep disorder - and less is known about women's insomnia

Congratulation to Lianne for her recent publication in CBC News! The article discusses insomnia and sleep related issues in women, and Lianne addresses sleep related issues visibility in the health care system specifically in pregnant women. Click the link to read the full article!

ACHRI Summer Student Research Day


Congratulations to all of our undergraduates for presenting their research at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI) Summer Student Research Day!

Picture Left to Right: Tasleem Dewani, James Oblea, Pooja Sohal, Hangsel Sanguino


Recent Publication: "Concussion in kids: Insomnia treatment linked to faster recovery"

The article includes discussion on the effects of insomnia in the recovery of concussed youth and more information on psychotherapy available, such as cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Written by Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen and Brian Brooks in The Conversation! Click the link to read the full article!

HYRS Students Get Real University Experience

Congratulations to Martina Min for completing the competitive Heritage Youth Researcher Summer (HYRS) Program. Martina presented her work on the trial for Sleeping For Two at the HYRS convention last Friday.


Recent Publication: "Insomnia in pregnancy is common but it's not normal. Here's how to beat it"

Congratulations Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen and Ivan Sedov for the recent publication of their article in The Conversation! The article includes sleep hygiene strategies and more information on behavioural treatments available for pregnant women, such as cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). Click the link to read the full article!

Recent Publication: "Pregnancy anxiety and preterm birth: The moderating role of sleep"

Congratulations to Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, Emily E. Cameron, Christine Dunkel Schetter, Tavis Campbell, Maeve O’Beirne, Nicole Letourneau, and Gerald F. Giesbrecht for the recent publication of their abstract in the Health Psychology Journal! Study results suggest that higher levels of pregnancy anxiety is associated with shorter gestational length and an increased risk of preterm birth. The study reveals new evidence of an interaction between pregnancy anxiety and sleep duration in the prediction of the timing of delivery. Click the link to view the abstract!

CPA Annual Conference 2019


Pooja Sohal (left) and Hangsel Sanguino (right) are busy this weekend presenting their research at the annual Canadian Psychological Association conference!

Congratulations to Brooke Russell for winning CIHR!

Congratulations to Brooke Russell for winning a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Award! This funding will be used towards developing a tool to measure fear of cancer recurrence for survivors of childhood cancer and identify risk factors and health outcomes related to fear of cancer recurrence in this group.

Recent Publication: "Hypertensive Disorders of Pregnancy and Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety as Related to Gestational Age at Birth"

Congratulations to Kristin Horsley, Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen, Blaine Ditto, and Suzanne Tough for the recent publication of their abstract in the Journal of Biobehavioral Medicine! Study results suggest that the association between hypertensive disorder and shortened gestation may be heightened if depressive symptoms and state anxiety is also present. Click the link below for the abstract!

American Psychosomatic Society 2019 Annual Meeting

We had a wonderful opportunity this past week to attend the American Psychosomatic Society 2019 Annual Meeting in Vancouver! Pictured is Brooke Russell, Emily Cameron, and Matt Shay presenting some of their research at the poster sessions.

Brooke Russell

Brooke Russell

Emily Cameron

Emily Cameron

Matt Shay

Matt Shay

CIHR Early Career Investigator Grant

Congratulations to Dr. Tomfohr-Madsen on recently receiving the CIHR grant!! With this funding, we’ll soon be beginning a randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia experienced during pregnancy!

Award Winners!

Congratulations to Hangsel Sanguino and Pooja Sohal (pictured on the right) for winning awards at the 2018 SU Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Calgary! For their excellent poster presentations, Hangsel was the recipient of the Faculty of Arts Award and Pooja won for her contribution to Consent Awareness and Sexual Education. Great job to the both of you!


PAIS Recruitment Completed

Congratulations to Ivan and Ashley for completing recruitment for the Pregnancy and Insomnia Study! We all look forward to seeing the results!

DADS Recruitment Completed

Congrats to Emily for attaining all the full sample size need for the Depression and Anxiety in Dads study and thank you to the fathers that participated!