Melissa Tremblay

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept



I am a Métis scholar, born and raised in rural Alberta. I joined the Faculty of Education in both the School and Clinical Child Psychology and Counselling Psychology program areas in 2018 after completing my pre-doctoral internship in the Faculty of Education Clinical Services. I have a background in program evaluation, project management, children’s mental health, and working with Indigenous children and families using community-grounded methods. My theoretical approach to clinical and counselling practice is integrative and strengths-focused. My practice is guided by ecological systems theory, feminist theory, as well as holistic approaches to wellness and healing that honor Indigenous worldviews and traditions. 


My research takes a relational, community-based participatory approach. I have conducted research with Indigenous communities across Alberta, and have a keen interest in continuing to learn from community members about how to conduct research in an ethical way that honors Indigenous perspectives while balancing academic research expectations. My research interests are mainly focused on exploring the strengths, resilience, and mental health of Indigenous children, youth, and families, as well as the use of arts-based methods with diverse populations. Through my dissertation, I examined the experiences and outcomes of teen families involved in a supportive housing program in partnership with the Terra Centre for Teen Parents. My research interests reflect that I am passionate about co-creating knowledge that has the potential for social change. 


EDU 563 - Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Indigenous Students

This course is directed towards teachers who expect to work with Indigenous children and youth. It is designed to provide learners with a broad introduction to child and adolescent development from Indigenous perspectives, as well as promising practices for helping Indigenous students to reach their full potential. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment, refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.

Summer Term 2022

Browse more courses taught by Melissa Tremblay


Primary Substance Use Prevention Programs for Children and Youth: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Tremblay, M., Baydala, L., Khan, M., Currie, C., Morley, K., Burkholder, C., Davidson, R., & Stillar, A.
Publication Date: 9/1/2020
Publication: Pediatrics
Volume: 146
Issue: 3

Using developmental evaluation and community-based participatory research to develop a model of supportive housing

Author(s): Tremblay, M., Gokiert, R., Kingsley, B., Mottershead, K., & Pei, J.
Publication Date: 2020
Publication: Evaluation and Program Planning
Volume: 82

Promoting the strengths and resilience of an Indigenous community through photovoice.

Author(s): Tremblay, M., Baydala, L., Littlechild, R., Chiu, E., & Janzen, T.
Publication Date: 2018
Publication: Pediatrics and Child Health
Volume: 23
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 247-254

Respiratory isolation for tuberculosis: The experience of Indigenous peoples on the Canadian prairies.

Author(s): Mayan, M., Robinson, T., Gokiert, R., Tremblay, M., Abonyi, S., & Long, R.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Public Health Action
Volume: 7
Issue: 4
Page Numbers: 275-281

Neuropsychological aspects of prevention and intervention for FASD in Canada.

Author(s): Pei, J., Tremblay, M., McNeil, A., Poole, N., & McFarlane, A.
Publication Date: 2017
Publication: Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology
Volume: 3
Page Numbers: 25-37

Cultural adaptation of a substance abuse prevention program as a catalyst for community change.

Author(s): Tremblay, M., Baydala, L., Rabbit, N., Louis, J., & Ksay’yin, K.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Journal of Community Engaged Scholarship
Volume: 9
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 57-67

Development of a clinical practice model for serving clients with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Author(s): Tremblay, M., Pei, J., Plesuk, D., Muchortow, A., Mihai, P., & Jordao, R.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling
Volume: 39
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 82-97

Recommendations from Parents to Improve Health Services for Managing Pediatric Obesity in Canada.

Author(s): Tremblay, M., Perez, A., Rasquinha, A., Avis, J., Morrison, K. M., Chanoine, J. P.,...Ball, G.D.C.
Publication Date: 2016
Publication: Academic Paediatrics
Volume: 16
Issue: 6
Page Numbers: 587-593