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Daniel Holland, Ph.D., MPH - Fielding Graduate University. Minneapolis, MN, US

Daniel Holland, Ph.D., MPH

Doctoral Faculty - Clinical Psychology | Fielding Graduate University

Minneapolis, MN, UNITED STATES

Disability rights in transitioning parts of the world; health care policy; neuropsychology; rehabilitation psychology



Daniel Holland received his B.A. from Oberlin College, his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University, and an M.P.H. from Tulane University School of Public Health. His internship was in rehabilitation psychology and neuropsychology at the University of Missouri School of Medicine, and he then completed a two-year post-doctoral residency in clinical neuropsychology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He returned to the University of Missouri School of Medicine as faculty, and was the Director of the Brain Injury Program there for three years. He subsequently studied health policy and legislative process in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., following which he became faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he was Director of the Health Psychology Program, with cross-appointments in the College of Public Health and College of Nursing at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences.

In 2001, Dan was named a Contemplative Practice Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, a fellowship that supported his efforts to integrate concepts of universal design and accessibility into meditation. He spent time in Barre, Massachusetts and Rhinebeck, NY while a Contemplative Practice Fellow, studying approaches to self-awareness and self-regulation through forms of meditation. During this time, he also studied approaches to somatic awareness in Napa Valley, exploring ways that would help him integrate self-awareness and self-regulation into community health delivery models. He established the Mindfulness-based Health Program at the University of Arkansas, which promoted behavioral health in the community, particularly for people with disabilities.

Dan’s area of scholarship has focused on disability issues, particularly in transitioning parts of the world. He has been a two-time Fulbright recipient; a Fellow of the Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at the University of Pennsylvania; a Research Scholar in the East European Studies program of the Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C.; and a Mary Switzer Distinguished Fellow in Rehabilitation Research with NIDRR/U.S. Department of Education.

In 2008, Dan joined the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, where he was a Polytrauma Neuropsychologist, focusing on psychological and neuropsychological trauma care of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. He joined Fielding in 2013 and lives in Minneapolis with his family.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (8)

Clinical Neuropsychology

Biological Bases of Behavior

Clinical Health Psychology

Rehabilitation Psychology

Disability Rights

Health Care Policy Reform

Behavioural Health Sciences

Health Finance

Accomplishments (12)

APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice (professional)

(2019) American Psychological Association For significant achievements in advancing disability rights throughout his career, including in cross-cultural and international contexts, often addressing the benefits, uses, and misuses of institutions in the lives of people with disabilities.

Jerome Foundation Mentorship in the Arts Recipient (personal)

(2016) Jerome Foundation and Minnesota Center for Book Arts

Mary Switzer Distinguished Fellow (professional)

Mary Switzer Distinguished Fellow in Rehabilitation Research National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) US Department of Education

Research Scholar (personal)

East European Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center

Fulbright Senior Specialist (personal)


Asch Fellow (personal)

Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict, University of Pennsylvania.

Fulbright Scholar (personal)

Slovak Republic

Contemplative Practice Fellow (personal)

American Council of Learned Societies

Presidential Citation (personal)

American Psychological Association

Diplomate in Rehabilitation Psychology (personal)

American Board of Professional Psychology

Diplomate in Clinical Health Psychology (personal)

American Board of Professional Psychology

Diplomate in Clinical Psychology (personal)

American Board of Professional Psychology

Education (5)

Tulane University: MPH, Public Health 2001

University of Washington School of Medicine: Residency, Clinical Neuropsychology 1994

University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine: Internship, Rehabilitation Neuropsychology 1992

Southern Illinois University, Carbondale: PhD, Clinical Psychology 1992

Oberlin College: BA, Literature 1986

Affiliations (4)

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

Articles (9)

Activism and human rights for People With Mental Disabilities in Postcommunist Europe

(2019) American Psychologist

Holland, D.

Vol 74(9), pp. 1167-1177"

Disability Activism and Psychology

(2014) The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology

Holland, D., Holland, D.S., Sturm, L., & Culp, N. The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology [3 volumes], 177-190.

Social entrepreneurs and NGOs for people with mental disabilities in post-communist Europe: implications for international policy

(2010) Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal

Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 6(4).

The current status of disability activism and non‐governmental organizations in post‐communist Europe: Preliminary findings based on reports from the field

(2008) Disability & Society

The purpose of this study was to conduct qualitative research on the disability rights and independent living movement in post‐communist Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Specifically, the research focused on the Visegrad Four countries of the Czech Republic, ...

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Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Shangri‐La: foreshadowing the Independent Living Movement in Warm Springs, Georgia, 1926–1945

(2006) Disability & Society

Disability & Society, 21(5), 513-535.

Contemplative education in unexpected places: Teaching mindfulness in Arkansas and Austria

(2006) The Teachers College Record

Mindfulness meditation is increasingly recognized as a health promotion practice across many different kinds of settings. Concomitantly, contemplative education is being integrated into colleges and universities in order to enhance learning through reflection and personal insight. The confluence of these trends provides an opportunity to develop experiential curriculum that promotes both health and learning through the teaching of contemplative practices in higher education settings...

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Integrating mindfulness meditation and somatic awareness into a public educational setting

(2004) Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Experiential learning in meditation and self-awareness can be valuably integrated into the college and university curriculum. Along with this promotion of experiential learning, greater attention should also be brought to the wisdom and diversity that students with disabilities bring to the college campus...

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Grass roots promotion of community health and human rights for people with disabilities in post-communist Central Europe: A profile of the Slovak Republic

(2003) Disability & Society

Individuals living with a disability or chronic illness in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe face significant challenges to quality of life. The government-supported health care infrastructures in the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe remain ...

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Children's health promotion through caregiver preparation in pediatric brain injury settings: Compensating for shortened hospital stays

(2002) Issues in comprehensive pediatric nursing

Holland, D., & Holland, D.S. Full title: 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.