Christiane Brems

Professor Emerita
Department of Psychology

(503) 352-7330


  • Certified and Registered Yoga Instructor (E-RYT200; RYT500: June 2010 and August 2014 – Yoga Alliance)
  • Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT: August 2016 – International Association of Yoga Therapy)
  • Certified Imagery Guide by the Academy for Guided Imagery, San Rafael, CA, December 1999
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 1984
  • M.S., Psychology with Mental Health Specialty, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 1984
  • B.A., Psychology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 1984

Research Interests

  • Yoga, yoga therapy, therapeutic yoga
  • Guided imagery
  • Nutrition as related to emotional, mental, and physical health
  • Health promotion and disease prevention


Brems, C. (2019).  Yoga as a mind-body practice.  In J. E. Uribari & J. Vassalotti (Eds.), Nutrition, fitness and mindfulness: an evidenced-based guide for clinicians (pp. TBD). New York: Springer. 

Brems, C., & Rasmussen, C. (2018). Comprehensive guide to child psychotherapy and counseling (4th edition). Long Grove, IL: Waveland. 

Justice, L., & Brems, C. (in press).  Bridging body and mind: Case series of a 10-week trauma-informed yoga protocol for veterans.  International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 29. 

Freeman, H., Brems, C., Michael, P., & Marsh, S. (in press).  Empowering a community from the inside out: A program evaluation of a yoga teacher training program for adults in custody.  International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 29. 

Colgan, D., Christopher, M., Bowen, S., Brems, C., Hunsinger, M., Tucker, B, & Dapolonia, E. (in press). Mindfulness-based wellness and resilience training among interdisciplinary primary care teams: A mixed-methods feasibility and acceptability trial. Primary Health Care Research & Development.

Justice, L., Brems, C., & Ehlers, K. (2018).  Bridging body and mind: Considerations for trauma-informed yoga. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 28, 39-50. 

Razmjou, E., Freeman, H., Vladagina, N. Freitas, J. & Brems, C. (2017). Popular media images of yoga: Limiting perceived access to a beneficial practice.  Media Psychology Review, 11(2). Retrieved from

Freeman, H., Vladagina, N., Razmjou, E., & Brems, C. (2017). Yoga in print media: Missing the heart of the practice.International Journal of Yoga, 10, 160-166.

Justice, L., Brems, C., & Jacova, C. (2016).  Exploring strategies to enhance self-efficacy about starting a yoga practice.  Annals of Yoga and Physical Therapy, 1(2), 1-7. 

Johnson, M. E., Brems, C., Mills, M. E., & Eldridge, G. D. (2016). Involving incarcerated individuals in the research process: Perspectives of key stakeholders. Action Research. Advance online publication. DOI: 10.1177/1476750316661397.

Johnson, M. E., Kondo, K. K., Brems, C., Ironside, E. F., & Eldridge, G. E. (2016). Mental health research in correctional settings: Perceptions of risk and vulnerabilities. Ethics and Behavior, 26, 238-251.

Brems, C., Colgan, D., Freeman, H., Freitas, J., Justice, L., Shean, M., & Sulenes, K. (2016). Elements of yogic practice: Perceptions of students in healthcare programs. International Journal of Yoga, 9, 121-129.

Brems, C. (2015).  A yoga stress reduction intervention for university faculty, staff, and graduate students. International Journal of Yoga Therapy, 25, 61-77.

Johnson, M. E., Brems, C., Bergman, A. L., Mills, M. E., & Eldridge, G. E. (2015). Knowledge of federal regulations for mental health research involving prisoners. AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 6, 12-18.

Brems, C., Justice, L., Sulenes, K., Girasa, L., Ray, J., Davis, M. Freitas, J., Shean, M., & Colgan, D. (2015). Improving access to yoga: Barriers and motivators for practice among health professions students. Advances in Mind-Body Medicine, 29, 6-13. 

Sulenes, K., Freitas, J., Justice, L., Colgan, D., Shean, M., & Brems, C. (2015). Underuse of yoga as a referral resource by health professions students. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 21, 53-59.

Johnson, M. E., Kondo, K., Brems, C., & Eldridge, G. D. (2015). HIV/AIDS research in correctional settings: A difficult task made even harder? Journal of Correctional Health Care, 21, 101-111.

Hanson, B. L., Faulkner, S. A., Brems, C., Corey, S. L., Eldridge, G. D., & Johnson, M. E. (2015). Key stakeholders' perceptions of motivators for research participation among individuals who are incarcerated. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 10, 360-367.