Contact Information

Medical and Clinical Psychology: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Medical and Clinical Psychology
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Phone: (301) 295-3271
FAX: (301) 295-3034
Curriculum Vitae

Marjam Holloway, Medical and Clinical Psychology

Marjan G. Holloway, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medical & Clinical Psychology
Clinical Internship Coordinator
Education: B.S. (1994) in Biology, B.A. in Psychology, Minor in English Literature, University of California, Irvine; M.A. (1997) in Pre-Clinical Psychology, Chapman University; Ph.D. (2003) in Clinical Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University; Postdoctoral Fellow (2005), Department of Psychiatry's Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide, Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-Related Ideation and Behavior

Research and Teaching

Research Topics: The mission of the lab is threefold. First, we are interested to gain an enhanced understanding of the risk and protective factors that are associated with suicide - in particular to inform our work in treatment development research. For example, we have recently participated in a United States Navy "deep dive" suicide case review for 2012 in order to best understand lessons learned in suicide prevention. Second, we are interested to develop and to empirically evaluate targeted secondary and tertiary suicide prevention programs that address the needs of military personnel and their family members. For example, we are currently examining the efficacy of two interventions, Post Admission Cognitive Therapy (PACT) and the Safety Planning Intervention (SPI) in reducing suicide risk among psychiatrically hospitalized individuals following suicide-related events. Third, we are interested to disseminate evidence-based suicide risk assessment, management, and treatment practices for suicidal military service members, Veterans, and civilians. For example, we have recently released the United States Air Force Guide on Suicide Risk Assessment, Management, and Treatment (released guide and appendices) which has been mandated for implementation across all Air Force military treatment facilities, providing behavioral healthcare services.

Methods and Approach: Research methods include case studies, retrospective medical record reviews, psychological autopsies, retrospective and prospective cohort studies, quasi-experimental, qualitative (i.e., interviews and focus groups), and randomized controlled trials.

Current Grant Support: 1) USUHS intramural new faculty startup package; 2) Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP); 3) Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP); 4) National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD); 5) United States Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program; 6) United States Navy Suicide Prevention Program; and 7) United States Air Force Suicide Prevention Program.

Medical Student Teaching: Lectures on causes and prevention of burn-out among health professionals, suicide, and psychological assessment.

Graduate Student Teaching: Foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Clinical Psychology Skills; Case Seminar; Psychopathology (Lecture on Mood Disorders); Health Psychology (Seminar on Suicide in the Medically Ill; Psychiatric Comorbidity and Medical Conditions).

Mentoring: Dr. Holloway is currently supervising 3 Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students and 2 Postdoctoral Fellows, as well as a number of professional junior colleagues in research and clinical work. Furthermore, she serves as a clinical advisor for other Ph.D. students and is one of the two core faculty supervisors for Case Conference. As the Internship Coordinator, Dr. Holloway mentors doctoral students in the process of securing an APA-approved internship site.

Selected Recent Publications

Greene, F., Wagner, B., Neely, L. L., Cox, D. W., Kochanski, K., Perera, K. U., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (in press). How parental reactions change in response to adolescent suicide attempt. Archives of Suicide Research.

Neely, L. L., Tucker, J., Carreno, J. T., Grammer, G., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (in press). Suicide risk assessment and management guidance for military psychologists. Military Psychology.

Kochanski-Ruscio, K. M., Carreno-Ponce, J. T., DeYoung, K., Grammer, G., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2014). Diagnostic and psychosocial differences in psychiatrically hospitalized military service members with single versus multiple suicide attempts. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 55, 450-456.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Neely, L., & Tucker, J. (2014). A cognitive-behavioral strategy for preventing suicide. Current Psychiatry, 13(8), 18-25.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Brown, G. K., Currier, G. W., Brenner, L., Knox, K. L., Grammer, G., Carreno-Ponce, J. T., & Stanley, B. (2014). Safety Planning for Military (SAFE MIL): Rationale, design, and safety considerations of a randomized controlled trial to reduce suicide risk among psychiatric inpatients. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 39(1), 113-123.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Tucker, J., Neely, L. L., Carreno-Ponce, J. T., Ryan, K., Holloway, K., & George, B. (2014). Suicide risk among military women. Psychiatric Annals, 44(4), 189-193.

Neely, L., Irwin, K., Carreno Ponce, J. T., Perera, K., Grammer, G., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2013). Post Admission Cognitive Therapy (PACT) for the prevention of suicide in military personnel with histories of trauma: Treatment development and case example. Clinical Case Studies, 12(6), 457-473.

Martin, J. S., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Englert, D., Bakalar, J. L., Olsen, C., Nademin, E., Jobes, D., & Branlund, S. (2013). Marital status, life stressor precipitants, and communications of distress and suicide intent in a sample of United States Air Force suicide decedents. Archives of Suicide Research, 17, 148-160.

Ireland, R., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., & Brown, D. G. (2013). Ongoing efforts to address the public health problem of military suicide within the United States Department of Defense. In J. Amara & A. Hendricks, (Eds.), Military health care: From pre-deployment to post-separation. Abingdon: Routledge.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Cox, D., & Greene, F. (2012). Post-admission cognitive therapy: A brief intervention for psychiatric inpatients admitted after a suicide attempt. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 233-244.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Bhar, S., Brown, G., Olsen, C., & Beck, A. T. (2012). Changes in problem solving appraisal after cognitive therapy for the prevention of suicide. Psychological Medicine, 42, 1185-1193.

Cox, D., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Greene, F., Bakalar, J., Schendel, C., Nademin, E., Jobes, D., Englert, D., & Kindt, M. (2011). Suicide in the United States Air Force: Risk factors communicated before and at death. Journal of Affective Disorders, 133, 398-405.

Dennis, J., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Cox, D., & Brown, G. (2011). A guide for the assessment and treatment of suicidal patients with traumatic brain injuries. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 26, 244-256.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Cox, D., Fritz, L., & George, B. (2011). An evidence informed guide for working with military women and veterans. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42, 1-7.

Cox, D., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Szeto, E., Greene, F., Engel, C., Wynn, G., Bradley, J., & Grammer, G. (2011). Gender differences in documented trauma histories: Inpatients admitted to a military psychiatric unit for suicide-related thoughts or behaviors. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199, 183-190.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2011). Lessons learned from a soldier's suicide in Iraq. A response to Russell Carr [Peer commentary on the journal article "When a solider commits suicide in Iraq: Impact on unit and caregivers"]. Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes, 74, 115-117.

Department of Defense Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces. (2010). The challenge and the promise: Strengthening the force, preventing suicide and saving lives. Washington, DC.

Professional Activities

Dr. Holloway is a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and a faculty member of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia. She has served as a trainer for the Center for Deployment Psychology. In addition, she delivers training and supervision on cognitive behavioral assessment and management of suicide for civilian, DoD/VA, and international providers. Dr. Holloway serves as a full member of the USUHS Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a Scientific Advisor to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Dr. Holloway has served on the Defense Health Board (DHB) Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces (released report). Most recently, Dr. Holloway has served as the chair of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Human Factors and Medicine Research Task Group (HFM-RTG-218) on international military suicide. Dr. Holloway is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Bethesda, Maryland where she provides cognitive behavior therapy to adults, families, and couples.

Selected Awards and Honors: 2014 Fellow, American Psychological Association, Leadership Institute for Mid-Career Women; 2013 Nominated Member, the International Academy of Suicide Research (IASP); 2012 Fellow, Summer Institute on Randomized Behavioral Clinical Trials, National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research; 2009 Recipient of the Cinda Helke Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Advocacy - Student Nominated.