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
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
Research Topics: Dr. Holloway's research focuses on targeted secondary and tertiary suicide prevention within the Department of Defense. The main objective of each research project in the lab is to create practical strategies in improving the lives of those who struggle with suicide ideation and/or behaviors - as well as their significant others and the military community. For example, one of the most recently funded projects in the lab will result in a series of evidence-informed decision making guidelines for the management of suicide-related events during deployment to help military behavioral health providers, chaplains, and leaders. Other research topics in Dr. Holloway's lab focus on best understanding the relationship between factors such as gender (and in particular male gender role stress), deployment, alcohol use, depression, familial expressed emotion, trauma, emotion regulation, and attempted suicide. The mission of the lab is to advance evidence-based assessment and clinical management practices for suicidal military service members, Veterans, and civilians. In addition to the noted topics, the lab is currently engaged in the development and empirical validation of cognitive behavioral interventions for the prevention of suicide among military personnel and family members with suicide-related ideation and/or behaviors.
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 7 Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students, 1 Postdoctoral Fellow, 2 licensed Psychologists, 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 three 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.
Neely, L., Irwin, K., Carreno Ponce, J. T., Perera, K., Grammer, G., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (in press). 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.
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., & Balakar, J. (2013). Treating Veterans and military families. In G. P. Koocher, J. Norcross, & B. Greene (Eds.), Psychologists' desk reference: Third edition. New York: Oxford University Press.
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.
Knox, K., Stanley, B., Currier, G., Brenner, L., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Brown, G. (2012). An emergency department-based brief intervention for Veterans at risk for suicide (SAFE VET). American Journal of Public Health, 102(S1), S33-S37.
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.
Stirman, S. W., Brown, G. K., Gharamanlou-Holloway, M., Fox, A., Chohan, M., & Beck, A. T. (2011). Participation bias among suicidal adults in a randomized controlled trial. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 41, 203-209.
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.
Selected 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 serves as a full member of the USUHS Institutional Review Board (IRB), a member of the Department of Defense Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC), and a Scientific Advisor to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Dr. Holloway has served on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Exploratory Team on international military suicide as well as the Defense Health Board (DHB) Task Force on the Prevention of Suicide by Members of the Armed Forces (recently released report ). Most recently, Dr. Holloway has been selected to chair the NATO Human Factors and Medicine Research Task Group (HFM-RTG-218) on international military suicide. Dr. Holloway has served as a trainer for the Center for Deployment Psychology; moreover, she has provided training and supervision on cognitive behavioral assessment and management of suicide for civilian, DoD/VA, and international providers. 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: 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.