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 psychology
  • School psychology
  • Sleep and childhood psychopathology
  • Neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Psycho-social interventions
  • eHealth interventions


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

  • Howlett, M.*, Jemcov, A.*, Adams, A.*, Corkum, P. (Accepted, 2019). ABCs of SLEEPING Tool: Improving access to care for pediatric insomnia. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology
  • Isaacs, I.*, Orr, M.*, Godbout, R., Witmans, M., Corkum, P. (Accepted, 2019). A usability study of an internet-delivered behavioural intervention tailored for children with residual insomnia symptoms after obstructive sleep apnea treatment. Internet Interventions.
  • Parker, A.*, Brine, S., McGonnell, M., Baert, A., & Corkum, P. (2019). Usability testing of the Teacher Help for Learning Disabilities program: An eHealth intervention for teachers. Canadian Journal of School Psychology.
  • Corkum, P., Weiss, S., Hall, W., Brown, C., Chambers, C., Constantin, E., Godbout, R., Hanlon-Dearman, A., Ipsiroglu, O., Reid, G.J., Shea, S., Smith, I.M., Stremler, R., & Witmans, M. (2019). Assessment and treatment of behavioral sleep disorders in Canada. Sleep Medicine, 56, 29-37.doi:10.1016/j.sleep.2018.11.007.
  • Davidson, F.*, Rusak, B., Chambers, C., & Corkum, P. (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.
  • Corkum, P., Elik, N., Blotnicky-Gallant, P. A., McGonnell, M., & McGrath, P. (2019). Web-based intervention for teachers of elementary students with ADHD: Randomized controlled trial. Journal of Attention Disorders, 23(3), 257-269. doi: 1087054715603198.
  • Begum, E.*, Goodday, A., Spurr, K., Rajda, M., & Corkum, P. (2018). Periodic Limb Movements of sleep in children with Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Baseline frequency and impact of psycho-stimulant medication. SM Journal of Sleep Disorders, 4(1): 1019.
  • Higgins, K.S., Tutelman, P. R., Chambers, C. T., Witteman, H. O., Barwick, M., Corkum, P., Grant, D., Stinson, J. N., Lalloo, C., Robins, S., Orji, R., Jordan, I. (2018). Availability of Researcher-led eHealth Tools for Pain Assessment and Management: Barriers, Facilitators, Costs, and Design. Pain Reports, 11:3(Suppl 1):e686. doi:10.1097/PR9.0000000000000686.
  • Tougas, M.E.*, Chambers, C.T., Corkum, P., Robillard, J.M., Gruzd, A., Howard, V., Kampen, A., Boerner, K.E., & Hundert, A. (2018). Social media content about children’s pain and sleep: Content and network analysis. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, 1(2):e11193. doi: 10.2196/11193.
  • Schinkel, M.*, Chambers, C. T., Corkum P., & Jacques, S. (2018). A dyadic analysis of siblings' relationship quality, behavioural responses, and pain experiences during experimental pain. Pain, 159(8), 1569-1579. doi: 10.1097/j.pain.0000000000001244.
  • 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. (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 Reviews, 41, 244-254. 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. (2018). Distance-delivered parent training for childhood disruptive behavior (Strongest FamiliesTM): A randomized controlled trial and economic analysis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46(8), 1613-1629. doi: 10.1007/s10802-018-0413-y.
  • Boudreau, A. M.*, Corkum, P., & Smith, I. M. (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 Health4(2), 224-234. doi: 10.1016/j.sleh.2017.12.008
  • 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

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