Adjunct Assistant Professor
Ph.D., School/ Applied Child Psychology, McGill University
M.A., Educational Psychology, McGill University
B.A., Psychology, University of Ottawa
Introduction to Psychology (PSY 100)
Child Psychology (PSY 312)
My research interests focus on the development and trajectory of non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) among adolescents and young adults. I am particularly interested in how our social environments might play a role in the spread of NSSI among youth, and how this behavior may come to serve as a coping strategy for individuals who are struggling with emotion regulation, problem-solving, and/or social relationships.
Clinically, my interests are focused on conducting developmental and psycho-educational assessments with students; ranging from the preschool to college years. As a school psychologist, I am committed to helping individuals identify their areas of strengths and need in order to implement the most effective interventions possible.
Selected Publications & Presentations
Bloom, C. M., & Holly, S. (in press, October). Towards new avenues in the treatment of non-suicidal self-injury. Journal of Pharmacy Practice. doi: 10.1177/0897190011422877
Heath, N. L., Schaub, K. M., Holly, S., & Nixon, M. K . (2009). Self-injury today: Review of population and clinical studies in adolescents. In M. K. Nixon & N. L. Heath (Eds.), Self-Injury in Youth: The Essential Guide to Assessment and Intervention (pp. 9-28). Routledge Press.
Toste, J. R., Holly, S., & Schaub, K. (2009). Resource guide for working with youth. In M. K. Nixon & N. L. Heath (Eds.), Self-Injury in Youth: The Essential Guide to Assessment and Intervention (pp. 309-316). Routledge Press.
Soles, T., & Holly, S. (2007). Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in the LD Field: A Review. Thalamus: Journal of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities, 25, 47-53.
Heath, N. L., Toste, J. R., & Holly, S. (2006). Depression in the schools: A hidden piece in the E/BD puzzle? Exceptionality Education Canada, 16, 129-148
Holly, S., & Heath, N. L. (2011, June). Examining the role of emotion regulation and social learning in the initiation and maintenance of non-suicidal self-injury among university students. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, ISSS, New York, NY.
Holly, S., & Heath, N. L. (2011, May). Non-suicidal self-injury among university students: An examination of underlying deficits in emotion regulation and self-control. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Sciences, APS, Washington, DC.
Holly, S., Heath, N. L., Schaub, K., & Toste, J. R. (2009, February). Assessment of non-suicidal self-injury in youth: A hierarchical step approach. Paper session presented at the National Association of School Psychologists convention, NASP, Boston, MA.
Holly, S., Heath, N. L., Toste, J., & Schaub, K. (2007, November). Test of functional reinforcement model of self-injury in a college sample. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
Holly, S., Heath, N. L., Toste, J., & Schaub, K., & Naeem, A. (2007, June). Effects of social influence on the initiation of self-injury: A retrospective examination of university students’ experiences. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Ottawa, On.