Melissa K. Holt

Associate Professor
Department Chair for Counseling Psychology & Applied Human Development

Dr. Melissa K. Holt is an Associate Professor in Counseling Psychology. Prior to joining Wheelock, Dr. Holt was a Behavioral Scientist in the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Holt’s research focuses on youth experiences with violence in the home, school, and community, with a particular emphasis on bullying. Within this line of research, she has evaluated the overlap among violence exposures, factors that promote resilience among youth exposed to violence, and the efficacy of school-based violence prevention programs. Dr. Holt completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has expertise in counseling clients with histories of trauma and in treating individuals diagnosed with eating disorders.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002

M.S. in Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999

B.S. in Psychology, Tufts University, 1997

CE 710: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

CE852: Prevention in Counseling Psychology

CE853: Health Psychology

CE849: Proseminar on Effective Interventions for Adults

CE946: Clinical Practicum

DS 505: Lifespan Development

RS600: Perspectives in Inquiry

Dr. Holt’s research program is embedded in a social-ecological model which reflects the need to consider how both individual (e.g. sexual minority status) and contextual (e.g., peer groups, school climate) variables relate to bullying involvement, and how these factors also potentially influence effects of such involvement.

Visit Dr. Holt's Faculty Profile
Visit the Social Adjustment & Bullying Prevention Laboratory's Website

Holt, M., Bowman, C.*, Alexis, A.*, & Murphy, A.* (forthcoming). Bullying, suicide, and suicide prevention in education.  In H. Shapiro (Ed.), The Handbook of Violence in Education: Forms, Factors, and Preventions. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell Publishers.

Holt, M., Green, J.G., Davidson, J., Tsay-Vogel, M., & Brown, C.* (2016, online first). Multidisciplinary approaches to research on adolescent bullying.  Adolescent Research Review.

Holt, M., Felix, E., Grimm, R., Nylund-Gibson, K., Greif Green, J., Poteat, V.P., & Zhang, C.* (2016). A latent class analysis of past victimization exposures as predictors of college mental health. Psychology of Violence.

Reid, G.*, Holt, M. K., Bowman, C.E.*, Espelage, D. L., & Greif Green, J. G. (2016). Perceived social support and mental health among first-year college students with histories of bullying victimization. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

Holt, M., & Reid, G.* (2016). School violence and bullying (page 226-246).  In Cuevas, C., & Rennison, C. (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on the Psychology of Violence.  UK: Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

Green, J.G., Xuan, Z., Kwong, L., Holt, M.K., & Comer, J.S. (2016) Teachers’ reports of outreach to school-based mental health service providers following the 2013 Boston Marathon attack. Children & Schools.

Holt, M., Vivolo, A., Polanin, J., Holland, K., DeGue, S., Holland, K., Matjasko, J., Wolfe, M.*, & Reid, G.* (2015). Bullying and suicidal ideation and behaviors: A meta-analysis.  Pediatrics, 135, e496-e509.

Holt, M., & Grills, A. (Eds.) (2015).  Critical Issues in School Mental Health: Evidence-based Research, Practice, and Interventions.  New York, NY: Routledge Press.

Green, J.G., Holt, M., Kwong, L., Reid, G.*, Xuan, Z., & Comer, J.S. (2015).  School- and classroom-based supports for children following the 2013 Boston Marathon attack and manhunt.  School Mental Heath, 7, 81-91.

Holt, M. (2014).  Suicidal risk as a function of bullying and other victimization exposures (pages 31-38).  In P. Goldblum, D. Espelage, J. Chu, & B. Bongar, (Eds.), The Challenges of Youth Bullying and Suicide.  Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Holt, M.K., Green, J.G., Reid, G.*, DiMeo, A.*, Espelage, D., Felix, E.D., Furlong, M.J., Poteat, V.P., Sharkey, J.D. (2014). Associations between past bullying experiences and psychosocial and academic functioning among college students.  Journal of American College Health, 62, 552-560. doi: 10.1080/07448481.

DeGue, S., Valle, L.A., Holt, M.K., Massetti, G.M., Matjasko, J.L., Teten Tharp, A. (2014).  A systematic review of primary prevention strategies for sexual violence perpetration.  Aggression and Violent Behavior, 19, 346-362.  doi:10.1016/j.avb.2014.05.004

Elgar, F., Craig, W., Napoletano, A., Saul, G., Poteat, V.P., Holt, M., & Koenig, B. (2014). Cyberbullying victimization and mental health in adolescents and the moderating role of family dinners. JAMA Pediatrics, 168, 1015-1022.  doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2014.1223.

Holt, M., Matjasko, J., Reid, G.*, Espelage, D., & Koenig, B. (2013).  Sexual risk taking and bullying among adolescents. Pediatrics132, e1481-e1487.

Holt, M., Raczynski, K., Frey, K., Hymel, S., & Limber, S. (2013). School and community-based approaches for preventing bullying. Journal of School Violence, 12, 238-252.

Espelage, D., & Holt, M. (2013). Suicidal ideation and school bullying experiences after controlling for depression and delinquency.  Journal of Adolescent Health53, S27-S31.

Degue, S., Massetti, G., Holt, M., Tharp, A., Valle, L.A., Matjasko, J., & Lippy, C., Brookmeyer, K. (2012).  Identifying links between sexual violence and youth violence perpetration: New opportunities for sexual violence prevention.  Psychology of Violence3, 140-156.

Matjasko, J., Vivolo, A., Massetti, G., Holland, K., Holt, M., & Dela Cruz, J. (2012).  A systematic meta-review of evaluations of youth violence prevention programs: Common and divergent findings from 25 years of meta-analyses and systematic reviews.  Aggression and Violent Behavior, 6,540-552.

Degue, S., Holt, M.K., Massetti, G.M., Matjasko, J. L., Tharp, A. T., & Valle, L.A. (2012).  Looking ahead towards community-level strategies to prevent sexual violence.  Journal of Women’s Health21, 1-3.

Vivolo, A.M., Holt, M., & Massetti, G. (2011). Individual and contextual factors for bullying and peer victimization: Implications for prevention.  Journal of School Violence, 10, 201-212.

Holt, M.K., Kaufman Kantor, K., & Finkelhor, D. (2009).  Parent/child concordance about bullying involvement and family characteristics related to bullying and peer victimization.  Journal of School Violence8, 42-63.

Holt, M., Finkelhor, D., & Kaufman Kantor, K. (2007).  Hidden forms of victimization in elementary students involved in bullying.  School Psychology Review, 36, 345-360.

Holt, M., Finkelhor, D., & Kaufman Kantor, K. (2007).  Multiple victimization experiences of urban elementary school students: Associations with psychosocial functioning and academic performance.  Child Abuse and Neglect31, 503-515.

Espelage, D., & Holt, M. (2007).  Dating violence and sexual harassment across the bully-victim continuum among middle and high school students.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence36, 799-811.

Holt, M., & Espelage, D. (2007).  Perceived social support among bullies, victims, and bully-victims.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence8, 984-994.

Holt, M., & Espelage, D. (2005).  Social support as a moderator between dating violence victimization and well-being among African-American and Caucasian adolescents.  School Psychology Review, 34, 309-328.

View all profiles