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Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Veteran Suicide Prevention

Updated: 10 October 2019


Ryan HollidayRyan Holliday PhD
Title: Clinical Research Psychologist
Biography: Dr. Holliday is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Rocky Mountain MIRECC for Suicide Prevention. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology as well as pre-doctoral APA-approved internship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He subsequently joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC as a postdoctoral fellow and completed his training in 2019. Following fellowship, he joined the Rocky Mountain MIRECC as a Clinical Research Psychologist.
Dr. Holliday's primary research interests are in understanding the intersection of interpersonal trauma (e.g., military sexual trauma, intimate partner violence) and psychosocial determinants (e.g., justice-involvement). In particular, understanding overlap in these distressing experiences and how they impact psychiatric symptoms (e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder), suicide risk, and functioning across several psychological domains.
Dr. Holliday also has a primary interest in translating these findings into clinical practice. Specifically, better understanding how empirical findings can inform conceptualization of psychiatric diagnoses, assessment, and evidence-based treatment. He is also interested in the psychometric validation of commonly used and novel measures and advanced longitudinal statistics (e.g., multilevel modeling).
Dr. Holliday works collaboratively in a team-science capacity at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC. His interests overlap with numerous other investigators at the Rocky Mountain MIRECC and he is a co-investigator on a number of current and proposed projects. Clinically, he is also a member of the local MIRECC Suicide Prevention Consultation Service and is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
Year of Licensure: 2019
Clinical and Research Interests: Impact of interpersonal trauma and psychosocial determinants on functioning, posttraumatic stress disorder, evidence-based treatment, psychometric validation, advanced longitudinal modeling.
Statement about Research Program: My research focuses on understanding how interpersonal trauma throughout the lifespan and impact one's functioning. I look at the impact of interpersonal trauma through multiple lenses including the experience itself, the response from others, and how factors (e.g., self-blame) can maintain psychiatric symptoms and elevated suicide risk. I am also interested in further elucidating how the experience of trauma interrelates with psychosocial determinants. In particular, further conceptualizing the bidirectional relationship between trauma and psychosocial stressors such as justice-involvement. To this accord, I also attempt to translate these findings to inform clinical practice. In particular, important factors to assess during routine practice, how to conceptualize these facets to inform suicide risk, and methods of tailoring evidence-based treatment to address psychiatric symptoms and prevent suicide.

Recent Publications

Holliday, R., Rozek, D. C., Smith, N. B., McGarity, S., Jankovsky, M., & Monteith, L. L. (2019). Safety planning to prevent suicidal self-directed violence among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder: Clinical considerations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Advance online publication.

Holder, N., Holliday, R., Wiblin, J., & Surís, A. (2019). A preliminary examination of the effect of cognitive processing therapy on sleep disturbance among veterans with military sexual trauma-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Traumatology.Advance online publication.

Holliday, R., Holder, N., Monteith, L. L., Surís, A. (2018). Decreases in suicide cognitions after cognitive processing therapy among Veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder due to military sexual trauma: A preliminary examination. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. Published online ahead of print. doi:10.1097/NMD.0000000000000840

Holliday, R., Smith, N. B., & Monteith, L. L. (2018). An initial investigation of nonsuicidal self-injury among male and female survivors of military sexual trauma. Psychiatry Research. Published online ahead of print. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.07.033

Monteith, L. L., Bahraini, N. H., Gerber, H. R., Dorsey Holliman, B., Schneider, A. L., Holliday, R., & Matarazzo, B. B. (2018). Military sexual trauma survivors’ perceptions of veterans health administration care: A qualitative examination. Psychological Services. Advance online publication.

Surís A, Holliday R, Adinoff B, Holder N, North CS. Facilitating Fear-Based Memory Extinction With Dexamethasone: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Male Veterans With Combat-Related PTSD. Psychiatry. 2017 Winter;80(4):399-410. doi: 10.1080/00332747.2017.1286892. PubMed PMID: 29466111.

Wiblin, J., Holder, N., Holliday, R., & Suris, A. (2018). Predictors of unbearability, unlovability, and unsolvability in Veterans with military sexual trauma-related posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Published online ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/0886260518777554


Dr. Ryan HollidayDr. Ryan Holliday Receives 2018 APA Early Career Achievement Award
25 June 2018 - Dr. Ryan Holliday,a psychology fellow at RMIRECC, is the recipient of the 2018 APA Early Career Achievement Award! He is one of 14 people to be chosen out of a very competitive pool of candidates based on his achievements and demonstration of leadership.
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