Samantha C. Holmes

Assistant Professor

Dr. Holmes earned her MA and PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Akron. She completed a predoctoral clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System and a NIDA-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship at Yale School of Medicine. 

Dr. Holmes has worked in many different clinical settings and with clients from a wide range of backgrounds. Specifically, she has conducted clinical work at domestic violence shelters, a community mental health agency, intensive outpatient, partial hospitalization and residential treatment programs, a college counseling center, and various VA hospital clinics. Dr. Holmes has clinical expertise in empirically-supported cognitive behavioral treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological disorders that often co-occur with PTSD. She draws upon her clinical experiences to inform her research as well as the courses she teaches.

Dr. Holmes’s research is focused on women’s experiences of trauma, particularly a) identifying culturally-relevant protective and risk factors of adverse mental health outcomes; b) developing, assessing, and disseminating trauma-informed interventions for clients with complex clinical presentations; c) investigating the deleterious impact of oppression and conceptualizing oppression as a form of trauma; and d) addressing oppression and health disparities. 


PhD, University of Akron

MA, University of Akron

BA, Lafayette College

Scholarship and Publications

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Holmes, S. C., Zare, M., Haeny, A. M., & Williams, M. T. (2024). Racial stress, racial trauma, and evidence-based strategies for coping and empowerment. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. Advance online publication.

  • Holmes, S. C., Norton, M., Fogwell, N., Temes, E. E., Carr, M. M., & Johnson D. M. (2024). The impact of intuitive eating on the association between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and disordered eating among women who have experienced intimate partner violence. Advance online publication. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment & Prevention

  • Holmes, S. C., Zalewa, D., Wetterneck, C. T., Haeny, A. M., & Williams, M. T. (2023). Development of the Oppression-Based Traumatic Stress Inventory: A novel and intersectional approach to measuring traumatic stress. Frontiers in Psychology, 14,

  • Holmes, S. C., Callinan, L., Facemire, V. C., Williams, M. T., Ciarleglio, M. M., & Smith, M. V. (2021). Material hardship is associated with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among low-income Black women. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 34(5), 905-916. 

  • Holmes, S. C., Johnson, C. M., Suvak, M. K., Sijercic, I., Monson, C. M., & Wiltsey Stirman S. (2019). Examining patterns of dose response for clients who do and do not complete cognitive processing therapy. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 68, 102120.  
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Contact Information

Office: Building 4S Room 201