Welcome to My Research


My research aims to improve interventions and assessment practices for individuals who have experienced stressful life events and primarily focuses on three related areas: 1) Grief and end-of-life issues, 2) Geropsychology, and 3) Meaning made of stressful life events.


Much of my work is influenced by positive psychology, and I am particularly interested in how individuals are able to make sense of loss and traumatic events and find ways to live meaningful, hopeful, and productive lives in spite of these difficult life circumstances. From a methodological standpoint, I tend to take a pluralistic approach, relying on a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, a strategy that is guided by a firm belief that there are multiple ways of knowing and that “truths” are most reliably discovered when multiple methodologies converge on the same answer. In particular, I rely upon experimental, correlational, and descriptive approaches and use a variety of analytic techniques in my research, including meta-analysis, multilevel modeling, factor analysis, structural equation modeling, and latent class growth analysis.


For more information about my research and experience, please feel free to download a copy of my Curriculum Vitae or view my Google Scholar Profile.


Also, the papers listed below are available for download as password protected pdf files. If you would like to access one or more of these publications for educational purposes, please email me at jason.holland@unlv.edu with the words “Article Password Request” in the subject line.


Peer Reviewed Publications


Burke, L. A., Neimeyer, R. A., Holland, J. M., Dennard, S., Oliver, L., & Shear, M. K. (in press). Inventory of Complicated Spiritual Grief: Development and initial validation of a new measure. Death Studies.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., Drescher, K., & Foy, D. (in press). Initial psychometric evaluation of the Moral Injury Questionnaire – Military Version. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., Jones, H. W., & Sheu, S. (in press). Involvement in abusive violence among Vietnam veterans: Direct and indirect associations with substance use problems and suicidality. Psychological Trauma.


Currier. J. M., Holland, J. M., Rojas-Flores, L., Herrera, S., & Foy, D. (in press). Morally injurious experiences and meaning in Salvadorian teachers exposed to violence. Psychological Trauma.


Donohue, B., Holland, J. M., Lopez, K., Urgelles, J., & Allen, D. N. (in press). Examination of illicit drug use frequency using multiple drug assessment methods in mothers referred to treatment by Child Protective Services. Journal of Family Violence.


Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (in press). Validation of the Integration of Stressful Life Experiences Scale – Short Form in a bereaved sample. Death Studies.


Holland, J. M., Lisman, R., & Currier, J. M. (in press). Mild traumatic brain injury, meaning made of trauma, and posttraumatic stress: A preliminary test of a novel hypothesis. Rehabilitation Psychology.


Holland, J. M., Rozalski, V., Thompson, K. L., Tiongson, R. J., Schatzberg, A. F., O’Hara, R., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (in press). The unique impact of late-life bereavement and prolonged grief on diurnal cortisol. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science.


Holland, J. M., Schatzberg, A. F., O’Hara, R., Marquett, R., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (in press). Pretreatment cortisol levels predict posttreatment outcomes among depressed older adults in cognitive behavioral therapy. Psychiatry Research.


Holland, J. M., Thompson, K. L., Rozalski, V., & Lichtenthal, W. G. (in press). Bereavement-related regret trajectories among widowed older adults. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Science.


Marquett, R. M., Thompson, L. W., Reiser, R. P., Holland, J. M., Stepanenko, A., Bilbrey, A., Nevarez, J. N., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (in press). Psychosocial predictors of treatment response to cognitive behavioral therapy for late-life depression: An exploratory study. Aging & Mental Health.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., Rozalski, V., Thompson, K. L., Rojas-Flores, L., & Herrera, S. (2013). Teaching in violent communities: The contribution of meaning made of stress on mental health and burnout. International Journal of Stress Management, 20, 254-277.


Holland, J. M., Futterman, A., Thompson, L. W., Moran, C., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2013). Difficulties accepting the loss of a spouse: A precursor for intensified grieving among widowed older adults. Death Studies, 37, 126-144.


Holland, J. M., Nam, I., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2013). A psychometric evaluation of the Core Bereavement Items. Assessment, 20, 199-122.


Brennan, P. L., Holland, J. M., Schutte, K. K., & Moos, R. H. (2012). Coping trajectories in later life: A 20-year predictive study. Aging & Mental Health, 16, 305-316.


Currier, J. M., & Holland, J. M. (2012) Exploring the role of combat loss among Vietnam War veterans. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 102-105.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., & Allen, D. (2012). Attachment and mental health symptoms among Afghanistan and Iraq veterans seeking healthcare services. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 633-640.


Frankel, Z., Holland, J. M., & Currier, J. M. (2012). Encounters with boundary challenges: A preliminary model of experienced counselors’ working strategies. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 42, 101-112.


Holland, J. M., & Diliberto, R. (2012). Behavioral activation with bereaved older adults: Unique clinical considerations. Clinical Gerontologist, 35, 303-315.


Baldwin, S. A., Murray, D. M., Shadish, W. R., Pals, S. L., Holland, J. M., Abramowitz, J. S. et al. (2011). Intraclass correlation associated with therapists: Estimates and applications in planning psychotherapy research. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 40, 15-33.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., Chisty, K., & Allen, D. (2011). Meaning made following deployment in Iraq or Afghanistan: Examining unique associations with posttraumatic stress and clinical outcomes. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 24, 691-698.


Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2011). Separation and traumatic distress in prolonged grief: The role of cause of death and relationship to the deceased. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 254-263.


Holland, J. M., Thompson, L. W., Cucciare, M. A., Tsuda, A., Okamura, H., Spiegel, D., et al. (2011). Cortisol outcomes among Caucasian and Latina/Hispanic women caring for a family member with dementia: A preliminary examination of psychosocial predictors and the effect of a psychoeducational intervention. Stress and Health, 27, 334-346.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2010). Do CBT-based interventions alleviate distress following bereavement? A review of the current evidence. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy, 3, 77-93.


Futterman, A., Holland, J. M., Brown, P. J., Thompson, L. W., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2010). Factorial validity of the Texas Revised Inventory of Grief-Present scale among bereaved older adults. Psychological Assessment, 22, 675-687.


Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., Coleman, R. A., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2010). The Integration of Stressful Life Experiences Scale (ISLES): Development and initial validation of a new measure. International Journal of Stress Management, 17, 325-352.


Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2010). An examination of stage theory of grief among individuals bereaved by natural and violent causes: A meaning-oriented contribution. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 61, 105-122.


Holland, J. M., Schutte, K. K., Brennan, P. L., & Moos, R. (2010). The structure of late life depressive symptoms across a 20 year span: A taxometric investigation. Psychology & Aging, 25, 142-156.


Holland, J. M., Thompson, L. W., Tzuang, M., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2010). Psychosocial factors among Chinese American women dementia caregivers and their association with salivary cortisol: Results of an exploratory study. Ageing International, 35, 109-127.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2009). Assumptive worldviews and problematic reactions to bereavement. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 14, 1-15.


Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2009). Outcomes from the Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer’s Caregiver Health (REACH) program for bereaved caregivers. Psychology & Aging, 24, 190-202.


Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2009). The efficacy of personal construct therapy as a function of the type and severity of the presenting problem. Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 22, 170-185.


Holland, J. M., Neimeyer, R. A., Boelen, P. A., & Prigerson, H. G. (2009). The underlying structure of grief: A taxometric investigation of prolonged and normal reactions to loss. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 31, 190-201.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2008). Making sense of loss: A content analysis of end-of-life practitioners’ therapeutic approaches. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 57, 121-141. 


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2007). The effectiveness of bereavement interventions with children: A meta-analytic review of controlled outcome research. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 36, 253-259.

 

Holland, J. M., Neimeyer, R. A., Currier, J. M., & Berman, J. (2007). The efficacy of personal construct therapy: A comprehensive review. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63, 93-107. 


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2006). Sense-making, grief and the experience of violent loss: Toward a mediational model. Death Studies, 30, 403-428.


Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2006). Meaning reconstruction in the first two years of bereavement: The role of sense-making and benefit-finding. Omega: Journal of Death & Dying, 53, 175-191.


Holland, J. M., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2005). Reducing the risk of burnout in end-of-life settings: The role of daily spiritual experiences and training. Palliative and Supportive Care, 3, 173-181.


Book Chapters and Other Publications


Holland, J. M. (in press). Elisabeth Kübler-Ross. In M. Brennan (Ed.), Encyclopedia of death and dying. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.


Holland, J. M., & Gallagher-Thompson, D. (2011). Interventions for mental health problems in later life. In D. Barlow (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of clinical psychology (pp. 810-836). New York: Oxford University Press.


Gallagher-Thompson, D., Lonergan, K. H., Holland, J. M., China, D., & Ashford, J. W. (2009). Supporting family caregivers. In M. F. Weiner & A. M. Lipton (Eds.) The American Psychiatric Press textbook of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (pp.353-366). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing.


Currier, J. M., & Holland, J. M. (2008). The efficacy of grief therapy: Reviewing the evidence and looking ahead. Grief Matters, 10, 60-63.


Currier, J. M., Holland, J. M., Coleman, R. A., & Neimeyer, R. A. (2008). Bereavement following violent death: An assault on life and meaning. In R. Stevenson and G. Cox (Eds.), Perspectives on violence and violent death (pp. 177-202). Amityville, NY: Baywood.


Neimeyer, R. A., Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., & Mehta, T. (2008). Meaning reconstruction in  later life: Toward a cognitive-constructivist approach to grief therapy. In A. Steffan, L.  Thompson, & D. Gallagher-Thompson (Eds.), Handbook of behavioral and cognitive therapies with older adults (pp. 264-277). New York: Springer.


Neimeyer, R. A., & Holland, J. M. (2006). Bereavement overload. In N.J. Salkind (Ed.), Encyclopedia of human development. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

 
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