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Holleb, Lauren, PhD

Holleb, Lauren, PhD

Holleb, Lauren, PhD

Associate Professor College of Science and Humanities

Contact Information:

Husson University
120 Beardsley Meeting House
1 College Circle
Bangor, Maine 04401
Phone: 207.992.1970 Email:


Lauren J. Holleb, Ph.D. graduated with honors from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Marketing. While an undergraduate, Lauren completed an independent research project and authored a senior honor’s thesis that examined the contributions of personality factors and interracial experience variables on intergroup anxiety and motivation to control prejudice. She was fortunate to study at the Miami University John E. Dolibois European Center (MUDEC) in Differdange, Luxembourg which allowed her to study international business, reside with a host family, and fostered a passion for travel.

Following graduation, she worked at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a Clinical Research Coordinator and Program Manager. During this time, Lauren managed an in-home depression treatment program housed within a home visitation program for at-risk mothers and their infants/young children (i.e., Every Child Succeeds). Every Child Succeeds is designed to provide an optimal environment for learning and emotional growth and maintains a comprehensive systematic data collection in child development, child health, and maternal self-sufficiency. During her initial tenure at CCHMC, Lauren had the opportunity to collaborate on a treatment manual for In-Home Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (IH-CBT) and several publications and presentations. Lauren was fortunate to obtain both clinical and research experience at CCHMC which solidified her desire to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Lauren then moved to Maine to pursue her doctoral studies at the University of Maine, in the combined Developmental-Clinical track of the Clinical Psychology doctoral program. This unique program enabled Lauren to pursue her combined interests in “normative” and “abnormal” child development, meeting the formal degree requirements for specialization in both Developmental and Clinical psychology. Lauren received both her Master of Arts in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Developmental-Clinical Psychology from the University of Maine.

While at the University of Maine, Lauren developed a systematic line of research on the friendship experiences, social information processing (SIP), and psychological adjustment (e.g., anxiety and depressive symptoms) of socially withdrawn/anxious children. This balanced nicely with her clinical interests in working with youth who have been diagnosed or are at-risk of developing internalizing difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression). Lauren has had breadth in her clinical endeavors, providing evidence-based intervention, assessment, and consultation services to youth and their families in a number of settings (i.e., children’s specialty hospitals, a pediatric center, school systems, primary care, outpatient clinics, community mental health, juvenile detention, in-home, and at a federal job training facility).

Once she was a doctoral candidate, Lauren sought out the opportunity to teach at the undergraduate level. She independently taught eight undergraduate courses while at the University of Maine. Lauren also served as a member of the state of Maine Child Death and Serious Injury Review Panel and served the profession as the Associate Editor of an American Psychological Association (APA) Division newsletter.

Lauren was the recipient of the Presidential Graduate Teaching Award, was named Outstanding Graduate Student in the Department of Psychology/Nominated for Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Arts and Science, and received faculty letters of commendation for excellence in research, teaching, clinical work, and service while at the University of Maine. Lauren has received grant funding for her research from the Maine Academic Prominence Initiative.

Lauren completed her pre-doctoral internship in child psychology at the Texas Child Study Center (A collaboration between Dell Children’s Medical Center and University of Texas at Austin Department of Educational Psychology). Most recently, Lauren completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in child clinical psychology and developmental disabilities at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). She received specialized training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an empirically-supported treatment for young children (2-7 years) diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders. Clinically, Lauren also completed comprehensive assessments of children with developmental disabilities and complex medical comorbidities, and conducted group-based anxiety and social skills interventions. She provided umbrella clinical supervision to graduate and undergraduate students. Lauren participated in research endeavors focused on the peer relationship experiences of adolescents diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorders and obesity, and assisted with research studies of congenital hearing loss and congenital hydrocephalus.

Lauren joined the full-time Psychology faculty at Husson University in 2013. She enjoys teaching courses in developmental and clinical psychology. She looks forward to collaborating with students and colleagues, advising and mentoring students, and becoming part of the Husson University community. Presently, Lauren also serves as a mental health consultant for a federal job training center.

She resides in Bangor with her husband, a native Mainer and their cat (…he’s not a native Mainer). In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, cooking, listening to music, hiking, and playing tennis.