News at Medicine - September 2022 - Dr. Sheila Garland inducted to RSC

Dr. Sheila Garland inducted to RSC
September 7, 2022
Congratulations to Dr. Sheila Garland, who is among 2022’s inductees to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (RSC).
Dr. Garland is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist whose research bridges the areas of psychology, oncology and sleep medicine. She is an associate professor, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Science, who is cross-appointed to the Discipline of Oncology, Faculty of Medicine.

Dr. Garland applies sophisticated quantitative, qualitative and patient-oriented research methods to improve the lives of people impacted by cancer.

Her innovative work on the influence that poor sleep has on cancer recovery, and the establishment of effective interventions, has improved the nights, and days, of cancer survivors worldwide.

As director of the Sleep, Health and Wellness Lab at Memorial, Dr. Garland is developing an app to help cancer survivors overcome insomnia.

She is currently part of a national team examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young adults with cancer, which has produced several published papers.

'Expand my platform'

Her reaction to the RSC news was a mixture of disbelief and elation.

“I had to read the email a few times to make sure I hadn’t read it wrong,” she said during a recent conversation.

“Being part of such a prestigious group can certainly be intimidating; however, I know that other new members probably had similar feelings.”

She is looking forward to developing relationships with other RSC members and contributing to the society’s mission.

“This recognition is important to me because it validates something that most people aren’t aware of: that cancer recovery often starts when cancer treatment ends,” she said.

“I have spent my clinical and research career trying to reduce the psycho-social burden of cancer. With more people living with and beyond cancer, we need increased awareness and resources to help manage the long-term effects of cancer on the individual, their family and society. This RSC recognition will expand my platform to advocate for this change.”

Memorial's other three inductees for 2022 are Dr. Sonja Boon, professor, Department of Gender Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dr. Julia Christensen, adjunct professor, Department of Geography, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences; and Dr. Baiyu (Helen) Zhang, professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

The latest recipients join 11 other Memorial researchers who have been elected to the RSC’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The honorees will be celebrated by the RSC during a celebration of excellence and engagement from Nov. 23–26 in Calgary, Alta.

Read the full article at The Gazette.