Eric Garland

Professor and Associate Dean for Research, University of Utah College of Social Work; Director, Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development; Associate Director, Integrative Medicine-Supportive Oncology, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Eric Garland, Ph.D., is a behavioral health researcher and licensed psychotherapist (LCSW) with more than 15 years of clinical experience providing mind-body interventions and cognitive behavioral therapy to persons suffering from addictive behaviors, affective disorders, and chronic pain. He is the developer of a mindfulness-based intervention for opioid misuse called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) that grew from a decade-long, NIH-funded integrative behavioral treatment development process rooted in cognitive and affective neuroscience.

Dr. Garland has received multiple research grants from NIH, DOD, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to conduct translational research on biopsychosocial mechanisms implicated in addiction, chronic pain, and emotion dysregulation, including randomized controlled trials of MORE as a treatment for prescription opioid misuse and chronic pain conditions. He has published over 145 scientific articles and book chapters in respected, peer-reviewed outlets. Dr. Garland currently serves as the Chair of the Research Working Group of the national Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health and is a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.