Canada 2019: Dr. Penny Corkum

Delegate: Dr. Penny Corkum

Affiliations: Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Dalhousie University; IWK Health Centre

Short Bio: Dr. Corkum is a Registered Psychologist with a background in School and Child Clinical psychology. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University, and is cross-appointed in Psychiatry as well as being on Scientific Staff at IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Health Authority. In addition to her academic appointments, she is a Psychologist and Co-Director of the Colchester East Hants ADHD Clinic. She conducts clinical research in the areas of child psychopathology (particularly ADHD) and pediatric sleep. Her current research is funded by CIHR, KBHN, NSHRF, Dalhousie, and the IWK. One of her research areas is aimed at the development, evaluation and sustainability of eHealth interventions for pediatric sleep problems, with the primary goal to reduce the negative impact of sleep problems on the child’s psychosocial health (e.g., attention, learning, behaviour, social-emotional) and the functioning of the family. She is the principal investigator for the Better Nights, Better Days pan-Canadian team.

Activity: Hosted a Facebook Live webinar to increase awareness of the importance of sleep in children and to launch our eHealth intervention, Better Nights, Better Days for Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders (BNBD-NDD). This randomized control trial will test the effectiveness of this eHealth intervention of improving sleep and daytime functioning in children ages 4-10 years with NDDs. It is the first transdiagnostic eHealth intervention focused on insomnia in children with NDD. For more information, see You can also view the webinar, along with our other webinars about sleep in children with NDDs at

Location: Nova Scotia, Canada

Date of Activity: Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:00pm AT / 7:00pm ET

Submitted By: Dr. Penny Corkum