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Daniel Holland
Daniel Holland, PhD
Doctoral Faculty- School of Psychology
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Tulane School of Public Health
New Orleans, LA 2001
PhD, Clinical Psychology
Southern Illinois University, 1992

Areas of Instruction:

  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Biological Bases of Behavior
  • Clinical Health Psychology

Scholarly & Professional Interests:

  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • The role of clinical psychologists in the promotion of disability rights
  • The impact of health care policy and reform on behavioral health services
  • Health finance and its implications for behavioral health care
  • The importance of the arts for promotion and preservation of behavioral health

Professional Memberships:

  • American Psychological Association Fellow (Divisions 12, 53, 52)
  • Association of Psychological Science Fellow
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • American Public Health Association

Honors and Awards:

  • Board Certified in Clinical Psychology, ABPP
  • Board Certified in Rehabilitation Psychology, ABPP
  • Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology, ABPP
  • Fulbright Senior Fellow (Eastern Europe)
  • Contemplative Practice Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies
  • Fellow, Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, Univ. of Pennsylvania
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist (Austria)
  • Research Scholar, East European Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center
  • Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellow, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education
  • Janet E. Rafferty Scientist-Practitioner Award, Southern Illinois University
  • Fellow, American Psychological Association (Divisions 12, 52, 53)
  • Fellow, Association of Psychological Science
  • Presidential Citation, American Psychological Association
  • Letter of Commendation, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Southern Illinois University


  • Holland, D., Holland, D.S., Sturm, L., Culp, N. (in press). Psychology and disability rights. In: H. Friedman (ed.). Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology. New York: Praeger.
  • MacDonald, D. A., Friedman, H. L., Brewczynski, J., Holland, D., Gubrij, Z., Kumar, S. K. K., Mohan, K., Wook, H., Kuwada, M., Fukui, Y., & Ikeda, Y. Spirituality across cultures and languages. Manuscript in preparation.
  • MacDonald, D. A., Friedman, H. L., Brewczynski, J., Holland, D., Kumar, S. K., & Mohan, K. Development influences on the emergence of spirituality across cultures. Manuscript in preparation.
  • Holland, D. (2010). Social entrepreneurship and NGOs for people with mental disabilities in post-communist Europe: Implications for international policy. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 6(4), 7-24. 
  • Holland, D. (2008). The current status of disability activism and NGOs in post-communist Europe: Preliminary findings based on reports from the field. Disability and Society, 23(6), 443-455.
  • Holland, D. (2007). Disability and international human rights: Sisyphus reconsidered. In: R. Eidelson, J. Laska, L. Cherfas (Eds.) Peacemaker 101: Careers confronting conflict. Philadelphia: Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict/University of Pennsylvania.
  • Holland, D. (2006). Contemplative education in unexpected places: Teaching mindfulness in Arkansas and Austria. Teachers College Record, 108(9), 1842-1861.
  • Holland, D. (2006). Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Shangri-La: Foreshadowing the Independent Living Movement in Warm Springs, Georgia, 1926-1945. Disability and Society, 21(5), 513-535.
  • Holland, D. (2005). Mindfulness meditation as a method of health promotion in educational settings: Proposal for an experiential pedagogy. Spektrum Freizeit: Forum für Wissenschaft, Politik und Praxis [Germany], 27(1), 107-115.
  • Holland, D. (2004). Integrating mindfulness meditation and somatic awareness into a public educational setting. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 44 (4), 468-484.
  • Holland, D. (2003). Grassroots promotion of community health and human rights for people with disabilities in post-communist Central Europe: A profile of the Slovak Republic. Disability and Society, 18(2), 133-143.
  • MacDonald, D., Holland, D. (2003). Spirituality and the MMPI-2. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 59(4), 399-410.
  • MacDonald, D., Holland, D. (2002). A factor analytic examination of the relationship between the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised and the Temperament and Character Inventory. Psychological Reports, 91, 921-930.
  • Holland, D., Holland, D. S. (2002). Children's health promotion through caregiver preparation in pediatric brain injury settings: Compensating for shortened hospital stays with a three phase model of health education and annotated bibliography. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 25(2), 73-96.


  • Acceptance Speech: Distinguished Alumni Award from Southern Illinois University. Carbondale, Illinois, October 9, 2010.
  • Grand Rounds: "The Status of Disability Activism in Post-Communist Europe: Implications for U.S. and International Policy". Minneapolis VA Medical Center, Minneapolis, May 8, 2009
  • "Polytrauma Rehabilitation at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center". Presentation at the Annual conference of the Minnesota Brain Injury Association, St. Cloud, April 24th, 2009.
  • “The current status of disability NGOs in post-communist Europe: Results from international field research”. Invited presentation for the Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Program, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 11, 2007.
  • “Mindfulness and Inclusion: Integrating Contemplative Learning into the College Curriculum to Promote Health and Quality of Life”. Invited lecture on contemplative learning and curriculum development, Summer Intensive Seminar in Contemplative Education. Organized by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society. Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. August 6, 2007.
  • Keynote Address. “Is Mindfulness for Everyone? Making Contemplative Learning Universally Accessible”. Invited keynote address at Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Oklahoma, March 1, 2007.
  • Invited member of the Committee for the Critical Review of Research on Contemplative Practice.One of 12 invited participants. Others include Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson, Arthur Zajonc. Organized by the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, Sponsored by the Fetzer Institute.  Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sept. 19, 2006.
  • Keynote Address. “Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Shangri-La: Disability and Social Entrepreneurship in Warm Springs, Georgia, 1926-1945.” Meeting of the History of Medicine Society, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas. September 14, 2006.
  • “Disability, Political Identity, and Human Rights in Post-Communist Countries” Invited presentation at the Solomon Asch Center for Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania; June 9, 2006.
  • “Disability Activism in Post-Communist Central Europe: Implications for American NGOs” Invited presentation at the seminar for Mary E. Switzer Research Fellows, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), Washington D.C., May 5th, 2006.
  • Keynote Address: “Contemplative Education Off-Off-Off-Off Broadway: Dispatches on Teaching Mindfulness in Arkansas.” Conference on Contemplative Education, City University of New York; New York City, April 7, 2006
  • One of four invited roundtable discussants: “Contemplative Practices and Pedagogy”. Conference on Contemplative Practice and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City;February 12, 2005.
  • “FDR’s quiet revolution in Warm Springs, Georgia: Establishing disability as normal”. Invited presentation for the Series on Presidential Leadership, in Conjunction with the Opening of the Clinton Presidential Library, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, October 25, 2004.

Funded Grants/Contracts:

  • Mary E. Switzer Distinguished Fellow in Rehabilitation Research; National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research; U.S. Department of Education; 2006; Project #: H133F050023
  • Research Scholar; East European Studies; Woodrow Wilson International Center; Washington, D.C.; “Disability and De-institutionalization in Post-Communist Europe; 2005
  • Fulbright Senior Specialist; U.S. Department of State; Public Health; Austria; 2004
  • Fellow; Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict; University of Pennsylvania; 2003
  • Fulbright Senior Fellow; U.S. Department of State; Department of Neurology; Jessenius Faculty of Medicine; Slovak Republic; 2002
  • Contemplative Practice Fellow, American Council of Learned Societies; “Mindfulness-based Health Promotion for People with Disabilities or Chronic Illness”; 2001

Professional Experience:

  • Doctoral Faculty- School of Psychology

Other Professional Activities:

  • Director and Neuropsychologist, The Neurobehavior Center of Minnesota
  • Polytrauma Neuropsychologist, Minneapolis VA Medical Center
  • Professor, College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (cross-appointment)
  • Professor, College of Nursing, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (cross-appointment)
  • Professor and Director of Health Psychology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Clinical Professor and Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program, Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Post-doctoral Resident in Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Washington School of Medicine
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