Dr. Brems to Bid Farewell in School of Graduate Psychology

School of Graduate Psychology Dean Christiane Brems will be resigning her position effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Dr. Christiane BremsDr. Brems joined the School of Graduate Psychology in 2012, and has led the school through a major reorganization. The school’s accomplishments under her leadership include the successful launch of the PhD in Clinical Psychology, Pacific’s first PhD program, which graduated the first Pacific PhD degree recipient in August of this year. The school also underwent a major revision of its master’s programs to include the new Master of Arts and Master of Science in Applied Psychological Science, which prepares students for many clinical and research career opportunities arising from healthcare transformation. The clinical practices within the school are now known as the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics and include an array of healthcare services for those who access healthcare through mental health services.

Dr. Brems received her BA in psychology in 1982, her MS in psychology with a mental health specialty in 1984, and her PhD in clinical psychology in 1987 from Oklahoma State University. In addition to her position as dean at Pacific, Dr. Brems has had a distinguished career including as the co-director of the Center for Behavioral Health Research and Services and a professor of psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage, as an active researcher and author, and as licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience in therapy and assessment. Dr. Brems has received many honors and awards, including the UAA Chancellor's Outstanding Service Award for Research and awards from the Alaska Psychological Association and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

“It has been my pleasure and honor to serve as dean of SGP," Brems said. "The school houses an outstanding faculty and three academically rigorous and nationally competitive programs, along with an innovative clinic and internship program. SGP students are truly a joy to work with and give meaning to our joint endeavors. I have grown to care deeply for my SGP colleagues and students and will miss them profoundly. I leave sadly, yet with the joyful knowledge that I made a difference.”

“We will miss Dr. Brems’ strong leadership in the School of Graduate Psychology and the College of Health Professions,” said Vice Provost and College of Health Professions Executive Dean Dr. Ann Barr-Gillespie. “I want to express my deep gratitude for all that she has accomplished during her tenure as dean, and I look forward to her continued work with our students and faculty on a part-time basis through the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year.”

A national search will be launched immediately to find a new dean of the School of Graduate Psychology. The search committee will be chaired by Dr. Lisa Carstens, vice provost for Academic Affairs. Until that search is completed, Dr. Jennifer Antick, professor and director of the health psychology track in the PsyD program, has accepted the position of interim dean of the School of Graduate Psychology, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

Dr. Jennifer AntickDr. Antick received her BA in psychology in 1987, her MA in psychology with a clinical psychology emphasis in 1990, and her PhD in clinical psychology in 1995 from the University of Southern Mississippi with a focus on psychophysiology and health psychology. She began her psychology training in a Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) Long Beach Addiction/Behavioral Medicine psychophysiology laboratory. She completed both her internship and postdoctoral residency at the VAMC, Pittsburgh Consortium with specialty training in behavioral medicine/health psychology. In addition to her faculty position at Pacific since 1998, Dr. Antick joined the faculty of Pacific in 1998. Over the course of her career, she has been affiliated with VAMCs, PeaceHealth, and OHSU, and has a current affiliation with Legacy Health, where she provides consultation services as a clinical health psychologist and trains SGP students in health psychology practice in fully integrated care environments.

Oct. 3, 2017