Nyissa Walsh, MSc

Nyissa Walsh, MSc

Combined Master/PhD Student

I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and a MSc in Experimental Health Psychology from Memorial University in Newfoundland under the supervision of Dr. Sheila Garland. During my undergraduate degree I specialized in sleep research investigating the impact of chronotype on mood disturbance and sleep difficulties in university students. Following my undergraduate, I specialized in behavioral sleep medicine investigating whether the gold-standard insomnia treatment Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) could be an effective treatment option for subjective complaints of “chemo-brain” in survivors of breast cancer. During my joint MA/PhD Clinical Psychology program at Concordia University I will be investigating the moderation of stress, hyperarousal, depression, and biological sex on the efficacy of CBT-I outcomes in patients with chronic insomnia.

I am interested in how sleep disturbance/insomnia is associated with various psychological and physical symptomology and using applications of behavioral sleep medicine to improve comorbid symptoms such as cognitive impairment, depression, stress, and anxiety. Specifically, I am interested in these concepts both in the general population as well as those with chronic disease (Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injuries etc.)

Email: nyissa.walsh@mail.concordia.ca

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Walsh, N. A., Repa, L. M., & Garland, S. N. (2021). Mindful Larks and Lonely Owls: The Relationship Between Chronotype, Mental Health, Sleep Quality and Social Support in Young Adults. Journal of Sleep Research. Published Online.

  • Garland, S. N., Savard, J., Dalton, K., Walsh, N. A., Seal, M., Rash, J., Browne, S., Urquardt, R., Thoms, J., Gadag, V., & Laing, K. (2021). Rationale and Protocol for a Randomized Waitlist Controlled Trial of Videoconference Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) to improve Perceived Cognitive Impairment (PCI) in Cancer Survivors. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 103, 106322.

  • Fowler, K., Walsh, N., & Morgan, D. (2020). Psychological distress in Canadian men and women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Exploring the differential role of social support. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications. In Press. 

  • Walsh, N. A., Rodriguez, N., Repa, L. M., King, E., & Garland, S. N. (2020). Associations Between Device Use Before Bed, Mood Disturbance, and Insomnia Symptoms in University Students. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, 6, 822-827.

Biography

I completed a BSc (Hons) degree in Psychology and a MSc in Experimental Health Psychology from Memorial University in Newfoundland under the supervision of Dr. Sheila Garland. During my undergraduate degree I specialized in sleep research investigating the impact of chronotype on mood disturbance and sleep difficulties in university students. Following my undergraduate, I specialized in behavioral sleep medicine investigating whether the gold-standard insomnia treatment Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) could be an effective treatment option for subjective complaints of “chemo-brain” in survivors of breast cancer. During my joint MA/PhD Clinical Psychology program at Concordia University I will be investigating the moderation of stress, hyperarousal, depression, and biological sex on the efficacy of CBT-I outcomes in patients with chronic insomnia.

Research interests

I am interested in how sleep disturbance/insomnia is associated with various psychological and physical symptomology and using applications of behavioral sleep medicine to improve comorbid symptoms such as cognitive impairment, depression, stress, and anxiety. Specifically, I am interested in these concepts both in the general population as well as those with chronic disease (Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Traumatic Brain Injuries etc.)

Contact details

Email: nyissa.walsh@mail.concordia.ca

Selected publications

Peer-reviewed publications

  • Walsh, N. A., Repa, L. M., & Garland, S. N. (2021). Mindful Larks and Lonely Owls: The Relationship Between Chronotype, Mental Health, Sleep Quality and Social Support in Young Adults. Journal of Sleep Research. Published Online.

  • Garland, S. N., Savard, J., Dalton, K., Walsh, N. A., Seal, M., Rash, J., Browne, S., Urquardt, R., Thoms, J., Gadag, V., & Laing, K. (2021). Rationale and Protocol for a Randomized Waitlist Controlled Trial of Videoconference Delivered Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) to improve Perceived Cognitive Impairment (PCI) in Cancer Survivors. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 103, 106322.

  • Fowler, K., Walsh, N., & Morgan, D. (2020). Psychological distress in Canadian men and women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Exploring the differential role of social support. Humanities and Social Sciences Communications. In Press. 

  • Walsh, N. A., Rodriguez, N., Repa, L. M., King, E., & Garland, S. N. (2020). Associations Between Device Use Before Bed, Mood Disturbance, and Insomnia Symptoms in University Students. Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation, 6, 822-827.