Penny Corkum


Phone: (902) 494-5177
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University, Life Sciences Centre, Rm 2521, 1355 Oxford Street, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Clinical and School Psychology
  • Sleep and Childhood Psychopathology
  • Psycho-Social Interventions
  • School psychology
  • eHealth Interventions
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders (particularly ADHD)


BSc (Dalhousie)
MA, PhD (OISE at University of Toronto)

Research Interests

Dr. Corkum conducts clinical research in the areas of child psychopathology (particularly ADHD) and pediatric sleep. She has a particular interest in eHealth, which is using the internet to deliver interventions.  One of her research areas is aimed at the intervention of pediatric sleep problems, with the primary goal to reduce the negative impact of sleep problems on the development of the child (e.g., attention, learning, behaviour, social-emotional) and the functioning of the family.

Selected Publications

  • Poirier, A.*, & Corkum, P. (2018). Night-to-night variability of sleep in children with ADHD and typically developing controls. Journal of Attention Disorders, 22(10), 942-946. doi: 10.1177/1087054715575065 *First published online March 2015
  • Waldon, J.*, Vriend, J.*, Davidson, F.*, & Corkum, P. (2018). Sleep and attention in children with ADHD and typically developing peers. Journal of Attention Disorders,22(10), 933–941. doi: 10.1177/1087054715575064  *First published online March 2015.
  • Schinkel, M.*, Chambers, C., Corkum P., & Jacques, S. (E-Published, 2018). A dyadic analysis of siblings' relationship quality, behavioural responses, and pain experiences during experimental pain. Pain. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001244
  • Davidson, F.*, Rusak, B., Chambers, C., & Corkum, P. (E-Published, 2018). The impact of sleep restriction on daytime functioning in school-aged children with and without ADHD: A narrative review of the literature. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0829573518770593
  • Rigney, G.*, Ali, N.*, Corkum, P., Brown, C. A., Constantin, E., Godbout, R., Hanlon-Dearman, A., Ipsiroglu, O., Reid, G., Shea, S., Smith, I., Van Der Loos, M., &Weiss, S. K. (E-Published, 2018). A systematic review to explore the feasibility of a behavioural sleep intervention for insomnia in children with neurodevelopmental disorders: A transdiagnostic approach. Sleep Medicine Review. doi: 10.1016/j.smrv.2018.03.008
  • Olthuis, J. V., McGrath, P. J., Cunningham, C. E., Boyle, M. H., Lingley-Pottie, P., Reid, G. R., Bagnell, A., Lipman, E. L., Turner, K., Corkum, P., Stewart, S. H., Berrigan, P., & Sdao-Jarvie, K. (E-Published, 2018). Distance-delivered parent training for childhood disruptive behavior (Strongest FamiliesTM): A randomized controlled trial and economic analysis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi:10.1007/s10802-018-0413-y
  • Boudreau, A. M.*, Corkum, P., & Smith, I. M. (E-Published, 2018). Peer-mediated Pivotal Response Treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder:  Provider perspectives on acceptability, feasibility, and fit at school. Canadian Journal of School Psychology. doi: 10.1177/0829573518777417.
  • Corkum, P., Reid, G. J., Hall, W. A., Godbout, R., Stremler, R., Weiss, S. K., Gruber, R., Witmans, M., Chambers, C. T., Begum, E. A.*, Andreou, P., & Rigney, G.* (2018). Evaluation of an internet-based behavioral intervention to improve psychosocial health outcomes in children with insomnia (Better Nights, Better Days): Protocol for a randomized controlled trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 7(3), e76. doi:10.2196/resprot.8348
  • Ali, N.*, Rigney, G.*, Weiss, S., Brown, C., Constantin, E., Godbout, R., Hanlon-Dearman, A., Ipsiroglu, O., Reid, G., Shea, S., Smith, I., Van der Loos, M., & Corkum, P. (2018). Optimizing an eHealth insomnia intervention for children with neurodevelopmental disorders: a Delphi study. Sleep Health, 4(2), 224-234. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.12.008
  • Markovich-Pilon, A. N.*, Corkum, P. V., & Joyce, A. M. (2017). Sluggish cognitive tempo: Investigating associated daytime and nighttime impairments. The ADHD Report. 25(3), 1-7. doi:10.1521/adhd.2017.25.3.1
  • Morash-Conway, J.*, Gendron, M., & Corkum, P. (2017). The role of sleep quality and quantity in moderating the effectiveness of medication in the treatment of children with ADHD. ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, 9(1), 31-38. doi:10.1007/s12402-016-0204-7

Awards and Honours

2016- Teacher of the Year Award, Dalhousie Association of Psychology Students, Dalhousie University
2015 – Recognition of Contribution Award, Psychologists in School Association, Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union
2013 - Rosemary Gill Award, President’s Office, Dalhousie University
2011 - Killam Prize, Faculty of Science, Dalhousie University
2008 - Outstanding Practice in Clinical Psychology, IWK Health Centre
2007 - Roger Broughton Young Investigator Award, Canadian Sleep Society