Marjan G. Holloway, Ph.D.

Marjan G. Holloway, Ph.D.

marjan holloway

Name: Marjan G. Holloway, Ph.D.

Department of Primary Appointment:
Position: USU Faculty
Title: Associate Professor - Department of Medical & Clinical Psychology; Psychiatry (Secondary)

Research Interests:
Military Suicide Prevention; Cognitive Behavior Therapy for the Prevention of Suicide & Dissemination Science; Inpatient Care for Suicidal Patients

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Office Phone: (301) 295-3271
Room: B3046



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 Fellowship (2005), School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry (Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide; Center for Cognitive Therapy), University of Pennsylvania

Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-Related Ideation and Behavior

Research Program

The mission of the Laboratory for the Treatment of Suicide-Related Ideation and Behavior is threefold. First, we are interested to gain an enhanced understanding of the risk and protective factors that are associated with suicide - in order to inform our work in treatment development research. For example, we have participated in the United States Navy (USN) and United States Air Force (USAF) "Deep Dive" meetings over the past several years to carefully review the circumstances surrounding each suicide death. The purpose of this activity is to identify biopsychosocial factors that contribute to a service member's death and to generate lessons learned for suicide prevention. Second, we are interested to develop and to empirically evaluate targeted primary, 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 Post Admission Cognitive Therapy (PACT) 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 by all behavioral healthcare providers across USAF military treatment facilities.

Methods and Approach: Research methods include clinical 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.

Grant Support: 1) Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP); 2) Military Operational Medicine Research Program (MOMRP); 3) National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD); 4) United States Marine Corps Suicide Prevention Program; 5) United States Navy Suicide Prevention Program; 6) United States Air Force Suicide Prevention Program; 7) United States Special Operations Command; and 8) Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO)

Current Teaching

Medical Student Teaching: MPS Course Director for Pre-Clerskship Training, USUHS School of Medicine; Lectures (Medical Psychology; Professional Burnout; Suicide Prevention)

Graduate Student Teaching: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I (MPO561; 4-Credits); Cognitive Behavioral Therapy II (MPO562; 4-Credits)

Mentoring: Dr. Holloway is currently supervising 4 Clinical Psychology Ph.D. students, 3 Postdoctoral Fellows, and 1 Junior Clinical Scientist, as well as a number of associates in research and clinical practice. As the Psychology Internship Coordinator for the department, Dr. Holloway mentors doctoral students in the process of securing an APA-approved internship site.

Selected Recent Publications

Koltko, V., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2016). Medical decision making for suicidal patients in military integrated primary care settings. Military Behavioral Health. Advance online publication.

Sterling, G., Bakalar, J., Perera, K., DeYoung, K., Harrington-LaMorie, J., Haigney, D., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2016). Perspectives of suicide bereaved individuals on military suicide decedents' life stressors and male gender role stress. Archives of Suicide Resaerch. Advance online publication.

Bakaler, J., Carlin, E., Blevins, C., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2016). Generalizability of evidence-based PTSD psychotherapies to suicidal individuals: A review of the Veterans Administration and Department of Defense Clinical Practice Guidelines. Military Psychology. Advance online publication.

VanSickle, M., Tucker, J., Daruwala, S., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2016). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Military Suicide Attitudes Questionnaire (MSAQ). Journal of Affective Disorders, 203, 158-165.

VanSickle, M., Werbel, A., Perera, K., Pak, K., DeYoung, K., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2016). Principal component analysis of the Suicide Opinion Questionnaire in a United States military sample of Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officers. Military Medicine, 181(7), 672-679.

VanSickle, M., Werbel, A., Perera, K., Pak, K., DeYoung, K., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2016). Perceived barriers to seeking mental health care among United States Marine Corps Non-Commissioned Officers serving as gatekeepers for suicide prevention. Psychological Assessment, 28(8), 1020-1025.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Neely, L., Tucker, J., Caffery, K., Colborn, V., & Koltko, V. (2015). Inpatient cognitive behavior therapy approaches for suicide prevention. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry, 2(4), 371-382.

Greene-Palmer, F. N., Wagner, B. M., Neely, L. L., Cox, D. W., Kochanski, K. M., Perera, K. U., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2015). How parental reactions change in response to adolescent suicide attempt. Archives of Suicide Research, 19, 414-421.

Currier, G. W., Brown, G., Brenner, L. A., Chesin, M., Knox, K. L., Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., & Stanley, B. (2015). Rationale and study protocol for a two-part intervention: Safety planning and structured follow-up among veterans at risk for suicide and discharged from the emergency department. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 43, 179-184.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., George, B., Carreno-Ponce, J. T., & Garrick, J. (2015). Suicide-related ideation and behaviors in military women. In C. Ritchie and A. Naclerio (Eds.), Women at war. New York: Oxford University Press.

Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M., Neely, L., & Tucker, J. (2015). Treating risk for self-directed violence in inpatient settings. In C. J. Bryan (Ed.), A guide to brief cognitive behavioral treatments for suicide risk across clinical settings. New York: Routledge.

Tucker, J., Armstrong, K., Neely, L. L., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2015). Treatment of trauma-related suicidal self-directed violence: Expanding knowledge base with a focused case study. In C. Martin, V. R. Preedy, & V. B. Paten (Eds.), The comprehensive guide to post-traumatic stress disorder. New York: Springer.

Neely, L. L., Tucker, J., Carreno, J. T., Grammer, G., & Ghahramanlou-Holloway, M. (2014). Suicide risk assessment and management guidance for military psychologists. Military Psychologist, 29(3), 18-21. [3rd place writing contest, Division 19, Military Psychology, American Psychological Association]

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.

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., 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.

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 as 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. 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 in Maryland with a private practice in Bethesda where she provides cognitive behavior therapy to adults, families, and couples.

Selected Awards and Honors: 2016 Recipient of the Outstanding Biomedical Educator Award, F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - Student Nominated; 2014 Fellow of Leadership Institute for Mid-Career Women, American Psychological Association; 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.