George C. Tremblay, PhDDepartment Chair and Professor, and BHI Co-Director
Department of Clinical Psychology
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Highest DegreePhD, SUNY, Albany
Other Degrees & CredentialsMA, Clinical Psychology, SUNY, Albany
BA, Psychology University of Rhode Island
Clinical Psychology Internship, University of Mississippi and VAMC, Jackson, MS
Dr. Tremblay received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 1996, following completion of a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Mississippi and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Jackson, Mississippi.
Dr. Tremblay’s research and clinical interests began with couple and family challenges – such as coping with child obesity, divorce, parental death – particularly among multiply stressed and often high conflict families. Prior to coming to Antioch New England in 1999, Dr. Tremblay directed a federally funded, randomized clinical trial of an intervention for families at high risk for child maltreatment, at the University of Missouri – Columbia (Lizette Peterson, Principle Investigator). His transition to Antioch marked a shift away from the design and validation of manualized treatments, toward partnering with practitioners to explore conditions that strengthen interventions delivered in more naturalistic (less controlled) contexts. Influenced by research in Implementation Science and clinical decision making, Dr. Tremblay has come to believe that a great deal of leverage for practice improvement resides in enhancing the sensitivity of treatment providers (practitioners, host agencies, health systems) to how well any intervention is actually working in a particular context. Research supports the tendency for individual practitioners and practice systems empowered with this sensitivity, to naturally adapt toward greater effectiveness. Dr. Tremblay’s current scholarship is about helping to amplify that sensitivity in clinical settings and systems. He obtains great satisfaction from partnering with dedicated practitioners, often in chronically beleaguered systems of care, who are addressing the needs of underserved populations.
Most of Dr. Tremblay’s scholarship takes place in partnership with Jim Fauth, Director of Antioch’s Center for Behavioral Health Innovation (BHI). Together, Drs. Fauth and Tremblay have developed a consultation practice that assists human service agencies throughout NH and beyond in designing health related interventions, securing grant funding, and then implementing and evaluating their programs. Since the beginning of their collaboration in 2005, BHI has brought in more than $2 million in external funding, and currently employs four staff members and about a dozen Clinical Psychology doctoral students. All of the BHI team have opportunities to be involved in authorship of presentations and publications.
Dr. Tremblay maintains a secondary interest in the application of many of these same practice improvement principles to the educational arena. In 2003, Dr. Tremblay helped to launch a consulting group (PEER Associates) that supports organizations with the design and evaluation of environmental and place-based education programs. Under the leadership of partners with expertise in environmental education, PEER has grown substantially in staff and geographic reach, while Dr. Tremblay’s role has focused primarily on research design, data analysis, and facilitation of practitioner learning.
Dr. Tremblay is a licensed Psychologist in the State of New Hampshire, and a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT.org), and the NH Psychological Association. His primary theoretical orientations are behavioral and systemic. He supervises doctoral trainees and offers inservice trainings in Antioch’s Psychological Services Center, mostly having to do with serving distressed couples and families. In “a former life” (that is, before graduate school), he operated a furniture restoration business in Vermont for over a decade, and his interests in building projects, gardening, and outdoor recreation continue to occupy much of his time away from Antioch.