Dr. Alea Holman is a graduate of UC Berkeley’s School Psychology doctoral program. She also received training from Columbia University (M.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences) and Stanford University (B.A. in Human Biology).

As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Holman specializes in play-, attachment-, and trauma-focused therapy. Additionally, Dr. Holman facilitates trainings on topics including how to support healthy racial identities among children and families, and how to best advocate for students with special needs within the school setting.

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She has worked with a range of diagnoses and life stressors, including:

Children and families impacted by complex trauma
Racial and gender socialization in biological and transracial adoptive families
Children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities
Child- and adolescent-related stressors, including learning difficulties and identity development
Parent-child relationship challenges
Anxiety and depression across the lifespan

Please browse through Dr. Holman’s clinical and educational background below to get a better sense of her professional training, interests, and areas of expertise.

  • Ph.D. in School Psychology from University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Holman’s dissertation examined mothers’ experiences of helping their Black and mixed race children develop conceptions of self and others as they learn about race and gender differences.
  • M.P.H. in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University, with a specialty in Health Promotion. Dr. Holman’s Masters Thesis examined the mental health impact of obesity on adolescents.
  • B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, with a minor in African and African American Studies.
  • Adjunct Faculty (2017) in the School Psychology Master’s Program at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. Course: School Psychology Internship Supervision & Seminar.
  • Clinical Supervisor (2016-2017) at the Wright Institute Assessment Services Program in Berkeley, CA, providing individual supervision on integrated psychological assessments.
  • School Psychologist (2014-2017) at the California School for the Blind in Fremont, CA, providing individual and group therapy, psychoeducational assessment, teacher and parent consultation, and crisis intervention for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities.
  • Adjunct Faculty (2014-2017) in the Psychology Doctoral Program at John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, CA. Courses: (1) Psychometrics, (2) Lifespan Development, & (3) Racial Socialization.
  • Outpatient Psychotherapist & Postdoctoral Resident (2013-2104) at WestCoast Children’s Clinic in Oakland, CA, providing trauma- and attachment-focused therapy and psychological assessment to children, adolescents, and families in the child welfare system.
  • School Psychology Intern (2010-2011) at Vallejo City Unified School District in Vallejo, CA, providing psychoeducational assessments, adolescent psychotherapy, teacher consultation, and parent support.
  • Clinical Psychology Pre-doctoral Intern (2009-2010) at Youth and Family Services, Inc. in Vallejo, CA, providing psychological assessments and individual, group, and family psychotherapy.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Basics and Beyond with Dr. Lane Pederson.
  • Advanced Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Dr. Lane Pederson.
  • Art Therapy: 77 Creative Interventions for Challenging Children who Shut Down, Meltdown, or Act Out with Dr. Laura JJ Dessauer.
  • Wired Differently: What Every Educator Should Know with Mike Paget.
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Dr. Daniel A. Hughes.
  • Holman, A. (2016-2017). School psychology and special education law. Presented to cohorts of clinicians in training in the School-Based Collaboration Program & the Assessment Services Program at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.
  • Holman, A. (2016). Assessing and counseling students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities. Presented to clinicians in training at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, CA.
  • Holman, A. (2015-2017). Racial socialization and identity development: The role of therapists working with Black and cross-racial families. Presented to several cohorts of pre- and post-doctoral residents at WestCoast Children’s Clinic in Oakland, CA.
  • Holman, A. (2015). Family socialization and racial identity development: Negotiating the role of therapists. Presented to clinicians working in the jail setting at One Family, Community Works West in San Francisco, CA.
  • Holman, A. (2015). Racial socialization and identity development: Therapists working with Black and cross-racial families. Individual paper presented at the 15th Annual Diversity Challenge: “Race, Culture, and Social Justice” at Boston College in Boston, MA.
  • Holman, A. (2015). How to raise a curious child: The importance of play and exploration. Workshop presented at the 56th Annual California Transcribers and Educators for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc. (CTEBVI) Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Holman, A. (2013). Catalysts and challenges to gendered racial socialization in Black families. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Rall, R., & Holman, A. (2013). Before the bell rings: Black families’ efforts to support their children’s educational excellence. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • Holman, A., & Vakil, S. (2013). African-American parents’ experiences with schools: How a community-based program can strengthen family-school relationships. Roundtable paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference in San Francisco, CA.
  • McKinney de Royston, M., Vakil, S., Nasir, N. S., ross, k. m., Givens, J., & Holman, A. (2017). “He’s More Like a Brother than a Teacher:” Politicized Caring In a Program for African American Males. Teachers College Record, 119 (4).
  • Nasir, N. S., Holman, A., McKinney de Royston, M., & ross, k. m. (2013). Pedagogies of race: Teaching Black male youth to navigate racism in schools. In K. M. Jocson (Ed.), Cultural transformations: Youth and pedagogies of possibility. Harvard Education Press.
  • Meyer, E. L., Schaefer, B. A., Soto, C. M., Simmons, C. S., Anguiano, R., Brett, J., Holman, A., Martin, J. F., Hata, H. K., Roberts, K. J., Mello, Z. R., & Worrell, F. C. (2011). Factor structure of child behavior scale scores in Peruvian preschoolers. Psychology in the Schools, 48, 931-942.
  • Collins, P., Holman, A., Patel, V., & Freeman, M. (2006). What is the relevance of mental health to HIV/AIDS treatment programs in developing countries? Editorial review. AIDS, 20, 1571-1582.
  • Psychologist, New York State
  • Psychologist, California