University of Calgary

PhD student awarded Bisby Fellowship

UToday HomeJuly 16, 2012

Sheila Garland’s research since being an undergraduate has been focused on improving the lives of individuals with cancer and their families. Photo courtesy Sheila Garland  Sheila Garland’s research since being an undergraduate has been focused on improving the lives of individuals with cancer and their families. Photo courtesy Sheila Garland University of Calgary PhD student Sheila Garland is an emerging leader in clinical psychology.

Garland recently became a Bisby Fellow, an award for her top ranking in the Canadian Institute for Health Research (CIHR) health professional category. The Bisby Fellowship Prize is a supplement to CIHR fellowship funding, and is intended to support participation in national or international conferences.

“Considering that my research has always been very clinically focused, the opportunity to share my findings with a broader audience has the potential to improve the lives of cancer survivors around the world,” says Garland.

Over the next three years, Garland’s CIHR-funded research will explore whether light therapy reduces fatigue in women with breast cancer by improving sleep. Garland is grateful for the guidance and training she has received at the university.

“There have been many people who have influenced my career path and I would not be where I am today if it wasn't for the support that I have received from Dr. Barry Bultz and the staff at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre,” says Garland.

“My supervisors, Dr. Linda Carlson from the Faculty of Medicine and Dr. Tavis Campbell from the Faculty of Arts, have been instrumental in encouraging and guiding my curiosity, and I will be forever grateful for the training I have received under their mentorship.”