Christiane Brems named School of Professional Psychology Dean

Dr. Brems begins her appointment on July 1

Pacific University vice provost and College of Health Professions executive dean Ann Barr has announced that Christiane Brems, Ph.D., will become the next dean of the University's School of Professional Psychology.

Brems emerged from a national search following last summer's retirement of previous dean Michel Hersen. She will begin her tenure at Pacific on July 1.

Brems is currently a distinguished professor and scholar at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She also co-directs UAA's Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services. 

An active researcher and author, Brems is a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in therapy and assessment. She is among just 10 percent of psychologists nationally to be board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology

Brems has been published extensively in professional journals and authored several books, including the best-selling Comprehensive Guide to Child Psychotherapy. Other titles include Dealing with Challenges in Psychotherapy and Counseling, and Basic Skills in Counseling and Psychotherapy. 

Her work has garnered numerous honors and accolades, including awards from the Alaska Psychological Association and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, as well as the UAA Chancellor's Outstanding Service Award for Research.

“We are very fortunate to have attracted Dr. Brems to the College of Health Professions," Barr said. "Her knowledge and expertise will be invaluable as the College launches its first Ph.D. program in clinical psychology next fall. We are excited about the potential for many new opportunities in clinical psychology education, practice and research under Dr. Brems' leadership."

Brems earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University after earning a master's degree in mental health and bachelor's degree in psychology at that institution.

Pacific's College of Health Professions is located in downtown Hillsboro's Health & Education District.

The School of Professional Psychology administers an outpatient clinic there, and in downtown Portland as well. For more information, please call (503) 352-7333 (Hillsboro) or 352-2400 (Portland).

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Edited by Stephanie Haugen ( on May 1, 2012 at 4:04 PM

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