Leigh Falls Holman

Assistant Professor

101A Ball Hall
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About Leigh Falls Holman

Dr. Holman joined the clinical mental health faculty in 2015. She previously taught counselor education in Dallas, TX beginning in 2008. She has primarily taught addiction counseling, maladaptive behavior and psychopathology, crisis and trauma counseling, play therapy, and clinical techniques. Dr. Holman was previously recognized by another university for outstanding teaching in an online environment.

She has worked in the mental health field for 23 years including working in psychiatric in-patient settings on IOP, PHP, dual diagnosis, psychotic intensive care, and child and adolescent units. She has worked with at-risk youth who are involved with child protective services or juvenile justice in home-based, community-based, school, group home, residential treatment center, intensive outpatient, private practice, and detention settings. Additionally, she has worked with adults and juveniles who have substance and behavioral addictions in private practice, psychiatric in-patient, IOP, PHP, and prison settings. Additionally, she has worked as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high school settings.

Dr. Holman has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced trauma and complex trauma, including treatment of PTSD and Reactive Attachment Disorder. Due to her experience, she has served as a consultant for program development and grant writing to individuals and programs across the country who serve clients with addictions and offender behaviors and with children and adolescents identified as severely emotionally disturbed.

She believes in having a strong counselor identity and is involved with several divisions of the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota. She has served as the Process Addictions Committee Chair and President of the International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors, and was honored in 2013 as their Outstanding Counseling Professional. She currently serves as the Associate Editor of Theory and Practice for the Journal of Mental Health Counseling. Previously she erved on the editorial boards for Counseling and Values, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling, the Journal of Addiction and Offender Counseling, the Graduate Research Journal, and Research in Schools.

Dr. Holman has published and presented nationally and internationally on the neurobiology of trauma, neurosequential experiential and relational interventions with children, adolescent, addiction, and offender populations; engaged research; pedagogical and supervision issues in addiction and offender counseling, among others. Her research interests include Job stress and burnout among human service professionals,; the intersection of trauma, substance and process addictions and interpersonal violence across the lifespan: neurosequential experiential and relational interventions; clinical training and supervision of front line staff (correction officers, psych techs, foster patents, police, medical staff, teachers) and emerging counselors (mental health & scho


B.A. Journalism – Major: Public Relations Minor: Philosophy – Memphis State University
MA – Professional Counseling – Major: Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Georgia School of Professional Psychology
Ed.S. – School Counseling – The University of Memphis
Ph.D. – Counselor Education and Supervision – Sam Houston State University


LPC-MHSP-Supervisor (Tennessee)

  • Licensed School Counselor (Tennessee)
  • Registered Play Therapy Supervisor
  • Level II Theraplay Trained Therapist
  • Sex Offender Treatment Provider (Tennessee since 2000)
  • National Certified Counselor
  • American Mental Health Counseling Association Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in:
    • Trauma Counseling
    • Child and Adolescent Counseling
    • Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • American Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Counselor since 2001
  • FEMA Emergency Management Trained since 2002