Eric Garland

University of Utah

Eric Garland, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is presidential scholar, associate dean for research, and professor in the University of Utah College of Social Work; director of the Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development (C-MIIND); and associate director of integrative medicine in supportive oncology and survivorship at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Garland is and the developer of an innovative, multimodal, mindfulness-based intervention founded on insights derived from cognitive, affective, and neurobiological science, called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE).

As principal investigator or co-investigator, he has received nearly than $30 million in research grants from a variety of prestigious entities, including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to conduct translational research on biopsychosocial mechanisms implicated in stress and health, including randomized controlled trials of MORE as a treatment for prescription opioid misuse, other addictive behaviors, and chronic pain conditions. To date, Garland has more than 130 scientific articles and book chapters published in respected, peer-reviewed outlets, and he currently serves as associate editor for the journal Mindfulness.

To complement his expertise in clinical research, Garland is a licensed psychotherapist (L.C.S.W.) with more than 15 years of clinical experience working with persons suffering from addictive behaviors, mood disorders, traumatic stress, and chronic pain conditions. In recognition of his expertise as a psychotherapist, in 2015 he was elected distinguished fellow of the National Academies of Practice.