Faculty Profile: Geoffrey Tremont, PHD

Geoffrey Tremont
Geoffrey Tremont, PHD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: +1 401-444-4500
Geoffrey Tremont's current research interests involve developing treatments to improve the emotional functioning of dementia caregivers. He is also interest in other dementia related topics, enhancing the profession of clinical neuropsychology, and understanding how different brain functions interact.

Biography

Dr. Tremont's current research interests involve the development of psychosocial interventions for dementia caregivers. Along with his colleagues, he developed the Family Intervention: Telephone Tracking (FITT) to reduce stress and burden in dementia caregivers. He is the principal investigator on an NIH-funded project to test the efficacy of the FITT in a large sample of caregivers. Other areas of interest include telephone screening for cognitive disorders, effects of yoga on cognition and mood, and the study of awareness of deficit in mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

Institutions

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Research Description

Geoffrey Tremont's current research interests involve the development of psychosocial interventions for dementia caregivers. He is the principal investigator on an NIH-funded project to test a telephone-based intervention to reduce depression and burden in dementia caregivers. Other areas of interest include telephone screening for cognitive disorders, effects of yoga on cognition and mood, and the study of awareness of deficit in mild cognitive impairment and dementia.

Grants and Awards

• Fellow, Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology), American Psychological Association, 2012
• Master of Arts (ad eundem), Brown University, 2012
• Fellow, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 2007
• Research Mentor Award, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown Medical School, 2004
• Teaching Recognition Award, Brown Medical School, 2003
• Departmental Excellence Award, Department of Psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital, 2002
• Nelson Butters Award (best published paper in Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology for 1996), National Academy of Neuropsychology, November, 1997
• Exceptional Student Poster Award, National Academy of Neuropsychology, 1994
• Judge, Nova Southeastern University Research Competition, 1994
• Graduate Assistantship, Department of Psychological Science, Ball State University, 1989 1991
• Recognition for excellence in research awarded by Psi Chi, March 1989
• Elected to Psi Chi, 1988

Affiliations

American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
American Epilepsy Society
American Psychological Association (APA)
--APA Division 40, Clinical Neuropsychology
Gerontological Society of America
International Neuropsychological Society
National Academy of Neuropsychology
Rhode Island Psychological Association

Funded Research

Title: Psychosocial Telephone Intervention for Dementia Caregivers
Role in Project: Principal Investigator
Type of Grant: R01
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research
Years Funded: 2007-2012
Total Direct Costs: $1,269,929

Title: Predictive Value of the Minnesota Cognitive Acuity Screen (MCAS) for Mild Cognitive Impairment
Role in Project: Principal Co-Investigator
Type of Grant: Investigator Initiated (B. Ott, PI)
Funding Source: Nation's Carelink
Years Funded: 2006-2010
Total Direct Costs: $195,000


Title: Development of a Yoga Intervention for Antenatal Depression
Role in Project: Co-Investigator (PI on subcontract; Battle, PI)
Type of Grant: R34
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health
Years Funded: 2010-2013
Total Direct Costs: $25,134 (subcontract)

Title: RCT of Hatha Yoga for Persistent Depression
Role in Project: Co-Investigator (PI on subcontract)
Type of Grant: R01
Funding Source: National Institutes of Health
Years Funded: 2011-2015
Total Direct Costs: $116,832 (subcontract)

Selected Publications

  • Tremont, G., Davis, J., Papandonatos, G.D., Grover, C., Ott, B.R., Fortinsky, R.H., & Gozalo, P., Bishop, B.S. (in press). A Telephone Intervention for Dementia Caregivers: Background, Design, and Baseline Characteristics. Contemporary Clinical Trials. (PMID: 23916916) (IN PRESS)
  • Springate, B.A., & Tremont, G. (in press). Dimensions of Caregiver Burden in Dementia: Impact of Demographic, Mood, and Care Recipient Variables. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. (PMID: 23567422) (IN PRESS)
  • Springate, B. & Tremont, G. (in press). Caregiver burden and depression in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Applied Gerontology. (IN PRESS)
  • Zahodne, L.B., Gongvatana, A., Cohen, R.A., Ott, B.R., & Tremont, G. (in press). Are apathy and depression independently associated with longitudinal trajectories of cortical atrophy in mild cognitive impairment? American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. (IN PRESS)
  • Mikos, A., Piryatinsky, I., Tremont, G., & Malloy, P. (2013). The APOE ε4 Allele is Associated with Increased Frontally-Mediated Neurobehavioral Symptoms in Amnestic MCI and Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease and Associated Disorders, 27, 109-115. (PMID 22874659) (2013)
  • Bonner-Jackson, A., Long, J.D., Westervelt, H., Tremont, G., Aylward, E., Paulsen, J.S., & PREDICT-HD Investigators and Coordinators of the Huntington Study Group. (2013). Cognitive reserve and brain reserve in prodromal Huntington's disease. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 19, 739-750. (PMID: 23702309) (2013)
  • Zahodne, L.B.,& Tremont, G. (2013). Unique effect of apathy and depression signs on cognition and function in mild cognitive impairment. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28, 50-56. (PMID: 22368079) (2013)
  • Tremont, G., Smith, M. M., Bauer, L., Alosco, M. L., Davis, J. D., Blum, A. S., & LaFrance, W.C., Jr. (2012). Comparison of Personality Characteristics on the Bear-Fedio Inventory Between Patients with Epilepsy and Non-Epileptic Seizures. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 24, 47-52. (PMID: 22450613) (2012)
  • Springate, B.A., Tremont, G., & Ott, B.R. (2012). Predicting Functional Impairments in Cognitively Impaired Older Adults Using the Minnesota Cognitive Acuity Screen. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 25, 195-200. (PMID 23172763) (2012)
  • Smith, A.B., Kavros, P.M., Clarke, T., Dorta, N.J., Tremont, G., Pal, D.K. (2012). A neurocognitive endophenotype associated with rolandic epilepsy. Epilepsia, 53, 705-711. (PMID: 22220688) (2012)
  • Bonner-Jackson, A., Okonkwo, O., Tremont, G., & The Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. (2012). Apolipoprotein ε2 and Functional Decline in Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20, 584-593. (PMID: 21685781) (2012)
  • Hill, B.D., Alosco, M., Emerson, K, Bauer, L., & Tremont, G. (2012). The Relation of Executive Functioning to CVLT-II Learning, Memory, and Process Indexes. Applied Neuropsychology, 19, 198-206. (PMID 23373606) (2012)
  • Tan, J.E., Springate, B.A., & Tremont, G. (2012). Neuropsychologists beliefs about alcohol and dementia. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 26, 879-893. (PMID 22731807) (2012)
  • Tremont, G., Papandonatos, G. D., Springate, B., Huminski, B., McQuiggan, M. D., Grace, J., Frakey, L., & Ott, B.R. (2011). Use of the telephone-administered Minnesota Cognitive Acuity Screen (MCAS) to detect mild cognitive impairment. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 26, 555-562 (PMID: 22127023) (2011)
  • LaFrance, W.C., Alosco, M.A., Davis, J.D., Tremont, G., Ryan, C.E., Keitner, G.I., Miller, I.W., & Blum, A.S. (2011). Impact of family functioning on quality of life in patients with psychogenic noneptileptic seizures versus epilepsy. Epilepsia, 52, 292-300. (PMID: 21299547) (2011)
  • Davis, J.D., Tremont, G., Bishop, D., & Fortinsky, R.H. (2011). A telephone-delivered psychosocial intervention improves dementia caregiver adjustment following nursing home placement. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry,26, 380-387. (PMID: 20842759) (2011)
  • Tremont, G., & Alosco, M.L. (2011). Relationship between cognition and awareness of deficit in mild cognitive impairment. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 29, 299-306. (PMID: 20623477) (2011)
  • Uebelacker, L.A., Epstein-Lubow, G., Gaudiano, B., Tremont, G., Battle, C.L., & Miller, I.W. (2010). Hatha yoga for depression: Critical review of the evidence for efficacy, plausible mechanisms of action, and directions for future research. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 16, 22-33. (PMID: 20098228) (2010)
  • Tremont, G., Miele, A., Smith, M.M., & Westervelt, H.J. (2010). Comparison of verbal memory impairment rates in mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 630-636. (PMID: 20603742) (2010)
  • Okonkwo, O.C.; Cohen; R., Gunstad, J., Tremont, G., Alosco, M., & Poppas, A. (2010). Longitudinal trajectories of cognitive decline among older adults with cardiovascular disease. Cerebrovascular Diseases, 30, 362-373. (PMID: 20693791) (2010)
  • Okonkwo, O.C., Alosco, M.L., Jerskey, B.A., Sweet, L.H., Ott, B.R., Tremont, G., & the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (2010). Cerebral atrophy, APOE E4, and rate of functional decline in amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 6, 404-411. (PMID: 20813341) (2010)
  • Bock, B.C., Morrow, K.M., Becker, B.M., Williams, D.M., Tremont, G., Gaskins, R., Jennings, E., Fava, J. & Marcus, B.H. (2010). Yoga as a Complementary Treatment for Smoking Cessation. Rationale, Study Design and Participant Characteristics of the Quitting-in-Balance study. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 10, 14. (PMID: 20429895) (2010)
  • Okonkwo, O.C. Alosco, M.L. Griffith, H.R., Mielke, M.M., Shaw, L.M.., Trojanowski, J.Q., Tremont, G. for the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative. (2010). Cerebrospinal Fluid Abnormalities and Rate Of Decline In Everyday Function Across the Dementia Spectrum: Normal Aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment, and Alzheimer's Disease. Archives of Neurology, 67, 688-696. (PMID 20558388) (2010)
  • Okonkwo, O., Spitznagel, M.B., Alosco, M.L., & Tremont, G. (2010). Associations among measures of awareness of cognitive deficits in dementia. Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 6, 312-318. (PMID: 20630413) (2010)
  • Uebelacker, L. A., Tremont, G., Epstein-Lubow, G., Gillette, T., Kalibatseva, Z., & Miller, I. W. (2010). Open trial of Vinyasa yoga for persistently depressed individuals: Evidence of feasibility and acceptability. Behavior Modification, 34, 247-264. (PMID: 20400694) (2010)
  • Smith, M.M., Tremont, G., & Ott, B.R. (2009). A Review of Telephone Administered Screening Tests for Dementia Diagnosis. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 24, 58-69. (PMID: 19116301) (2009)
  • Westervelt, H.J., Bruce, J.M., Coon, W.G., & Tremont, G. (2008). Odor identification in mild cognitive impairment subtypes. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 30, 151-156. (PMID: 18938667) (2008)
  • Tremont, G., Davis, J.D., Bishop, D.S., & Fortinsky, R.H. (2008). Telephone-Delivered psychosocial intervention reduces burden in dementia caregivers. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice, 7, 503-520. (PMID: 20228893) (2008)
  • Bruce, J., McQuiggan, M., Williams, V., Westervelt, H., & Tremont, G. (2008). Burden among spousal and child caregivers of patients with mild cognitive impairment. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 25, 385-390. (PMID: 18376128) (2008)
  • Bruce, J., Bhalla, R., Westervelt, H.J., Davis, J., Williams, V., & Tremont, G. (2008). Neuropsychological correlates of self-reported depression and self-reported cognition among patients with mild cognitive impairment. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 21, 34-40. (PMID: 8287168) (2008)
  • Epstein-Lubow, G., Davis, J.D., Miller, I. W., & Tremont, G. (2008). Persisting burden predicts depression in dementia caregivers. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 21, 198-203. (PMID: 18838742) (2008)
  • Williams, V.G., & Tremont, G., & Blum, A.S. (2008). Musical Hallucinations Following Left Temporal Lobectomy. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 21, 38-40. (PMID: 18327022) (2008)
  • Westervelt, H.J., Brown, L.B., Tremont, G., Javorsky, D.J., & Stern, R.A. (2007). Patient and family perceptions of the neuropsychological evaluation: How are we doing? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 21, 263-273. (PMID: 17455017) (2007)
  • Steadman, P.L., Tremont, G., & Davis, J.D. (2007). Premorbid relationship satisfaction affects caregiver burden in dementia caregivers. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 20, 115-119. (PMID: 17548782) (2007)
  • Malloy, P.F., Tremont, G., Grace, J., & Frakey, L. (2007). The Frontal Systems Behavior Scale discriminates frontotemporal dementia from Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's and Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 3, 200-203. (PMID: 19595938) (2007)
  • Clarke, T., Strug, L. J., Murphy, P.L., Bali, B. Carvalho, J., Foster, S., Tremont, G., Gagnon, B.R., Dorta, N., & Pal, D.K. (2007). High risk of reading disability and speech sound disorder in rolandic epilepsy families: Case–control study. Epilepsia, 48, 2258-2265. (PMID: 17850323) (2007)
  • Blum, A.S., Tremont, G., Donahue, J.E., Tung, G.A., Duncan, J.A., III, & Gascon, G.G. (2007). Landau-Kleffner syndrome and dual temporal lobe pathology: A 30-year follow-up. Epilepsy and Behavior, 10, 495-503. (PMID: 17347054) (2007)
  • Davis, J.D. & Tremont, G. (2007). Impact of frontal systems behavioral functioning in dementia on caregiver burden. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 19, 43-49. (PMID: 17308226) (2007)
  • Williams, V.G., Bruce, J.M., Westervelt, H.J, Davis, J.D., Grace, J., Malloy, P.F., & Tremont, G. (2007). Boston naming performance distinguishes between Lewy body and Alzheimer's dementias. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 22, 925-931. (PMID: 17681741) (2007)
  • Temple, R.O., Davis, J.D., Silverman, I., & Tremont, G. (2006). Differential impact of executive dysfunction on visual memory tasks. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 20, 480-490. (PMID: 16895860) (2006)
  • Spitznagel, M.B., Tremont, G., Brown, L. B., & Gunstad, J. (2006). Cognitive reserve moderates the relationship between depressive symptoms and awareness of deficits in dementia. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 18, 186-190. (PMID: 16720795) (2006)
  • Tremont, G., Davis, J.D., & Bishop, D.S. (2006). Unique contribution of family functioning in caregivers of patients with mild to moderate dementia. Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders, 21, 170-174. (PMID: 16397397) (2006)
  • Spitznagel, M.B., Tremont, G., Davis, J.D., & Foster, S.M. (2006). Psychosocial predictors of dementia caregiver desire to institutionalize: Caregiver, care recipient, and family relationship factors. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 19, 16-20. (PMID: 16449755) (2006)
  • Temple, R.O., Carvalho, J., & Tremont, G. (2006). A national survey of physicians' use and satisfaction with neuropsychological services. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 21, 371-382 (PMID: 16844340) (2006)
  • Spitznagel, M.B., & Tremont, G. (2005). Cognitive reserve and anosognosia in questionable and mild dementia. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 20, 505-515. (PMID: 15896563) (2005)
  • Westervelt, H.J., Ruffolo, J.S., & Tremont, G. (2005). Assessing olfaction in the neuropsychological exam: The relationship between odor identification and cognition in older adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 20, 761-769. (PMID: 15951153) (2005)
  • Temple, R.O., Stern, R.A., Latham, J., Ruffolo, J.S., Arruda, J.E., & Tremont, G. (2004). Assessment of mood state in dementia using the Visual Analog Mood Scales (VAMS). American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 12, 527-530. (PMID: 15353392) (2004)
  • Westervelt, H.J., Stern, R.A., & Tremont, G. (2003). Odor identification deficits in diffuse lewy body disease. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 16, 93-99 (PMID: 12799595) (2003)
  • Tremont, G., Stern, R., Westervelt, H.J., Bishop, C.L., & Davis, J.D. (2003). Neurobehavioral functioning in thyroid disorders. Medicine and Health, Rhode Island, 86, 318-322. (PMID: 14626862) (2003)
  • Bishop ,C.L., Temple, R.O., Tremont, G., Westervelt, H.J., & Stern. R.A. (2003). Utility of the neuropsychological evaluation in an acute medical hospital. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 17, 468-473. (PMID: 15168912) (2003)
  • Cahn-Weiner, D.A., Williams, K., Grace, J., Tremont, G., Westervelt, H., & Stern, R. (2003). Discrimination of Dementia with Lewy Bodies from Alzheimer's disease using the Clock Drawing Test. Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology, 16, 85-92. (PMID: 12799594) (2003)
  • Tremont, G., Westervelt, H.J., Javorsky, D.J., Podolanczuk, A. & Stern, R.A. (2002). Referring physicians perceptions of the neuropsychological evaluation: How are we doing? The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 16, 551-554. (PMID: 12822063) (2002)
  • Javorsky, D.J, Tremont, G., Keitner, G.I., & Parmentier, A.H. (2001). Cognitive and neuropsychiatric side effects of mefloquine [Letter to the editor]. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences., 13, 302. (PMID: 11449039) (2001)
  • Ruffolo, J.S., Javorsky, D.J., Tremont, G., Westervelt, H.J., & Stern, R.A. (2001). A comparison of administration procedures for the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure: Flow-charts vs. pen-switching. Psychological Assessment, 13, 299-305. (PMID: 11556267) (2001)
  • Tremont, G., Halpert, S., Javorsky, D.J., & Stern, R.A. (2000). Differential impact of executive dysfunction on verbal list learning and story recall. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 14, 295-302. (PMID: 11262704) (2000)
  • Somerville, J.A., Tremont, G., & Stern, R.A. (2000). The Boston Qualitative Scoring System (BQSS) as a measure of executive functioning in Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure Performance. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 22, 613-621. (PMID: 11094396) (2000)
  • Tremont, G., & Stern, R.A. (2000). Diminishing the cognitive side effects of lithium therapy and electroconvulsive therapy using thyroid hormone. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, 3, 175-186. (PMID: 11343594) (2000)
  • Tremont, G., Mittenberg, W., & Miller, L.J. (1999). Acute intellectual effects of pediatric head trauma. Child Neuropsychology, 5, 104-114. (1999)
  • Acierno, R., Hersen, M., Tremont, G., Van Hasselt, V.B., & Kabacoff, R.I. (1999). Psychophysiological identification of depression subtypes in older adult outpatients: Problematic diagnostic heterogeneity in the DSM-III-R and DSM-IV. Journal of Clinical Geropsychology, 5, 245-263 (1999)
  • Vanderploeg, R.D., Shinka, J.A., Baum, K.M., Tremont, G., & Mittenberg, W. (1998). WISC-III premorbid prediction strategies: Demographic and best performance approaches. Psychological Assessment, 10, 277-284. (1998)
  • Tremont, G., Hoffman, R., Scott, J., & Adams, R. (1998). Effect of intellectual level on neuropsychological test performance: A response to Dodrill (1997). The Clinical Neuropsychologist,12, 560-567. (1998)
  • Epstein-Lubow, G., Gaudiano, B., Darling, E., Hinckley, M, Tremont, G., Kohn, R., Marino, L., Salloway, S, Grinnell, R., Miller, I.W. (2012). Differences in depression severity in family caregivers of hospitalized individuals with dementia and family caregivers of outpatients with dementia. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20, 815-819. (PMID: 21997604) (1997)
  • Tremont, G., Hoffman, R. G., Scott, J. G., Adams, R. L., & Nadolne, M.J. (1997). Clinical utility of Wechsler Memory Scale - Revised and predicted IQ discrepancies in closed head injury. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 12, 757-762. (PMID: 14590652) (1997)
  • Hoffman, R., Tremont, G., Scott, J., Adams, R., & Mittenberg, W. (1997). Cross-validation of predicted Wechsler Memory Scale - Revised scores in a normative sample of 25 to 34 year old patients. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 12, 677-682. (PMID: 14590661) (1997)
  • Hoffman, R., Scott, J., Tremont, G., Adams, R., & Oommen, K. (1997). Cross-validation of a method for predicting Wechsler Memory Scale-Revised Index Scores. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 11, 402-406. (1997)
  • Mittenberg, W., Tremont, G., Zielinski, R.E., Fichera, S., & Rayls, K. R. (1996). Cognitive-behavioral prevention of postconcussion syndrome. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 11, 139-145. (PMID: 14588914) (1996)
  • Mittenberg, W., Tremont, G., & Rayls, K.R. (1996). Impact of cognitive function on MMPI-2 validity in neurologically impaired patients. Assessment, 3, 55-61 (1996)
  • Acierno, R., Tremont, G. , Last, C., & Montgomery, D. (1994). Tripartite assessment of the efficacy of eye-movement desensitization in a multi-phobic patient. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 8, 259-276. (1994)
  • Acierno, R. , Hersen, M. , Van Hasselt, V. B., & Tremont, G. (1994). Review of the validation and dissemination of eye-movement desensitization: A scientific and ethical dilemma. Clinical Psychology Review, 14, 287-299. (1994)
  • Bock, B.C., Fava, J.L., Morrow, K.M., Williams, D.M., Becker, B.M., Tremont, G., Jennings, E., Gaskins, R. & Marcus, B.H. (2012). Yoga as a Complementary Treatment for Smoking Cessation among Women: A Pilot Study. Journal of Women's Health, 21, 240-248. (PMID: 21992583) (1992)
  • Whitley, B. E. , Jr. , Michael, S. T. , & Tremont, G. (1991). Testing for sex differences in the relationship between attributional style and depression. Sex Roles, 24, 753-758. (1991)