Eric L Garland portrait
  • Associate Director of Integrative Medicine - Supportive Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Institute
  • Associate Dean for Research College of Social Work
  • Professor, College Of Social Work

Research Keywords

  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Attention
  • Emotion
  • Stress
  • Addiction
  • Chronic Pain
  • Cancer Symptom Management
  • Heart Rate Variability
  • Psychophysiological Assessment
  • Neurocognition
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Research Equipment and Testing Expertise

  • Psychophysiological assessment with BIOPAC MP150 (e.g., HR, HRV, ECG, GSR, EMG, EEG). Neurocognitive assessment with Eprime (e.g., dot probe task, emotional gonogo, emotion regulation paradigm).


  • Garland, E.L., Howard, M.O., Zubieta, J., & Froeliger, B. (in press). Restructuring hedonic dysregulation in chronic pain and prescription opioid misuse: Effects of Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement on responsiveness to drug cues and natural rewards. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.. Accepted, 12/01/2016.
  • Hanley, A.W. & Garland, E.L. (2016). Clarity of mind: Structural equation modeling of associations between dispositional mindfulness, self-concept clarity and psychological well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 106, 334-339. Published, 08/30/2016.
  • Garland, E.L. (2016). Targeting hedonic dysregulation with Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement: Restructuring reward mechanisms in addiction, stress, and pain. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1373, 25-37. Published, 07/04/2016.
  • Bryan, C.J., Garland, E.L., & Rudd, M.D. (2016). From impulse to action: Alcohol consumption and the transition from suicidal thought to behavior among active duty military personnel. General Hospital Psychiatry, 41, 13-19. Published, 05/23/2016.
  • Garland, E.L., Roberts-Lewis, A., Tronnier, C., Kelley, K., & Graves, R. (2016). Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement versus CBT for co-occurring substance dependence, traumatic stress, and psychiatric disorders: Proximal outcomes from a pragmatic randomized trial. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 77, 7-16. Accepted, 05/01/2016.
  • Garland, E.L., Howard, M.O., Priddy, S.E., McConnell, P.A., Riquino, M.R., & Froeliger, B.E. (2016). Mindfulness training applied to addiction therapy: Insights into the neural mechanisms of positive behavioral change. Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics,5, 55-63. Accepted, 02/28/2016.
  • Garland, E.L., Brown, S., & Howard, M.O. (2016). Thought suppression as a mediator of the association between depressed mood and prescription opioid craving among chronic pain patients. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 39(1), 128-138. Published, 01/19/2016.
  • Garland, E.L. & Howard, M.O. (2014). Opioid attentional bias and cue-elicited craving predict future risk of prescription opioid misuse among chronic pain patients.Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 144, 283-287. Published, 12/2014.
  • Garland, E.L., & Howard, M.O. (2013). Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement reduces pain attentional bias in chronic pain patients. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 82, 311-318. Published, 08/2013.
  • Garland, E.L., Froeliger, B., Zeidan, F., Suveg, K., & Howard, M.O. (2013). The downward spiral of chronic pain, prescription opioid misuse, and addiction: Cognitive, affective, and neuropsychopharmacologic pathways. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. Accepted, 08/2013.
  • Garland, E.L., Froeliger, B.E., Passik, S.D., & Howard, M.O. (2013). Attentional bias for prescription opioid cues among opioid-dependent chronic pain patients. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. DOI 10.1007/s10865-012-9455-8. Published, 04/2013.
  • Garland, E.L., & Roberts-Lewis, A. (2013). Differential roles of thought suppression and dispositional mindfulness in posttraumatic stress symptoms and craving. Addictive Behaviors, 38, 1555-1562. Published, 02/2013.
  • Garland, E.L., Boettiger, C.A., Gaylord, S., West Chanon, V., & Howard, M.O. (2012). Mindfulness is inversely associated with alcohol attentional bias among recovering alcohol-dependent adults. Cognitive Therapy and Research. 36, 441-450. Published, 12/2012.
  • Garland, E.L., Franken, I.H., & Howard, M.O. (2012). Cue-elicited heart rate variability and attentional bias predict alcohol relapse following treatment. Psychopharmacology, 222, 17-26. Published, 09/2012.
  • Garland, E.L., Gaylord, S.A., Palsson, O., Faurot, K., Mann, J.D., & Whitehead, B. (2012). Therapeutic mechanisms of a mindfulness-based treatment for irritable bowel syndrome: Effects on visceral sensitivity, catastrophizing, and affective processing of pain sensations. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 35(6), 591-602. Published, 08/2012.