Dr. Holifield's Professional Experience

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Clinical Professional Experience

  • 7/14-Present  Clinical Psychologist, Independent Private Practice
  • 7/17-Present  Staff Psychologist-Part-Time, Tri-Counties Regional Center     
  • Past Founding Clinical Director, Martha's Place Children's Assessment Center
  • Past Psychologist, Allendale Association Treatment Center, Lake Villa, IL


School-Based Professional Experience

  • 7/16-Present  School Psychologist, Independent District Contracts, San Ardo Union School District & Bradley Union School District (Monterey County, CA)
  • 25 years of experience working as a school psychologist for school districts in San Luis Obispo County, Santa Barbara County, and Chicago, IL.

Workshops and Presentations-Executive Functioning, Memory, Assessment

Holifield, J.E. (March, 2018). Training the Brain Series: Executive Functioning In the Classroom-A Brief Review of the processes. A workshop provided to teachers, counselors, and administrators, Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO).


Holifield, J.E. (March 2018). Training the Brain Series: Training the Brain Series: Working Memory and Long-Term Memory in the Classroom. A workshop provided to teachers, counselors, and administrators, Santa Barbara County Education Office (SBCEO).


Holifield, J. E. (March, 2017). Understanding Assessment: A Primer for Therapists and Interns. An invited 3-hour workshop provided to interns, therapists, and supervisors, Community Counseling Center, San Luis Obispo, CA


Holifield, J.E., & Robbins, M. (July, 2007). An Introduction to Play Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy With Children. An invited presentation made to the community therapists at the Community Counseling Center. 


Holifield, J. E. (October, 2005). Understanding Psychological Testing.  An invited presentation to therapists at the Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County.


Holifield, J. E. (February, 2004): Teaching Problem-Solving Skills to Elementary Students: How to Incorporate Stop and Think Strategies in the Classroom.  Presentation made to teacher faculty at Templeton Elementary School. Templeton, California.


Holifield, J. E. & Forrest, T. (March, 2003). Assessment of Memory and Learning: Issues for School Psychologist. Workshop presented at the California Association of School Psychologists Convention 2003. Los Angeles, California


Holifield, J. E., Rosen, W. D. (February, 2001).  Burton’s WRAML factors in children with processing and attention deficits. Poster presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society. Chicago, Illinois.


Holifield, J. E. (October, 2001). A cognitive skill’s classroom-based  intervention model. Presentation at the 13th Annual Learning Disabilities Conference. Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, California


Holifield, J. E. (May, 1999). The examination of memory performance of children with attention and learning deficits on the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning (WRAML).  Paper presented at the Second Annual Research Seminar at Loyola University Chicago. Chicago, Illinois.


Holifield, J. E. & Hoeppner, J. (April, 1999). An evaluation in clinical administration and diagnosis using current memory measures: Issues for school psychologists. Paper presented at the 1999 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Annual Convention and Exposition. Las Vegas, Nevada.


Holifield, J. E. (February, 1999).  Neuropsychology: Basic conceptualization and assessment issues for school psychologists and educators. In-service presentation to the Paducah City Schools, Paducah, Kentucky.


Presentations-At-Risk Youth, Diagnostic Issues, and Threat Assessment

Holifield, J. E. & McGuire, J. (June, 2016). Introduction to Atascadero Unified School District’s Revised Threat Inquiry Process. Presentation made to district support team and administrators, Atascadero Unified School District, Atascadero, CA.


Dowler C. & Holifield, J. E. (April, 2014). Manifestation Determination Review: Brief review of the IDEA/504 requirements, district procedures, and proposed changes. Presentation made to the District Superintendent’s Administrative Meeting, San Luis Coastal Unified School District, San Luis Obispo, CA.


Holifield, J. E. (October, 2013) Nurturing the Tree: An Approach to Understanding At-Risk Youth. Keynote Speaker at the First Annual Lyceum of the Community Counseling Center, San Luis Obispo, CA. In honor of Jill Bolster-White, CEO, Transitions Mental Health Services. 


Holifield, J. E. (October, 2008). Developmental Psychopathology. An invited presentation made to the school staff and administrators who work in Therapeutic Day Program at San Luis Coastal School District.


Holifield,  J.E. (June, 2001). Threat Assessment Overview: The development of a collaborative multi-agency response. Professional presentation at the annual meeting of the Graduate Advisory Board and Psychology Fieldwork Supervisors. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California.


Holifield, J. E., Nelson III, W. M.,  & Hart, K. J.,  (August, 1995).  MMPI profiles of sexually abused and non-abused outpatient Adolescents.  Poster Presented at the 103rd Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association in New York, NY


Publications, Work Cited, Research-based Practices

2006-Manuscript Reviewer-Reviewed submitted papers and provided feedback to editor and authors for the peer-reviewed journal Child Neuropsychology


2005-Field Examiner

Participated as a research-based field evaluator in the standardization project for the second revision of the Differential Abilities Scales-Second Edition DAS-2)


Holifield, J. E. (February, 2005) Review of the book Essentials of MMPI-A Assessment. Archer, R. P. & Krishnamurthy. [Review submitted to the Communique].


Sheslow, D. & Adams, W. (2004). Holifield, J. (1999). The examination of memory performance of children with attention and learning deficits on the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning (WRAML).  As cited in the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, Second Edition (WRAML-2) Examiner’s Manual. PRO-ED Publishers.


Holifield, J. E., Nelson III, W. M., & Hart, K. J.,  (2002).  MMPI profiles of sexually abused and non-abused outpatient adolescents.  Journal of Adolescent Research, 17 (2), 188-195.


Holifield, J. E. (2001). Review of the book At-Risk Youth: A Comprehensive Response, Second Edition. McWhirter, J. J., McWhirter, B. T., McWhirter, A. M., McWhirter, E. H. [Review]. Communique, 29 (8), 38.  


Holifield, J. E. and Neeb, J. (2001).  Review of the book Gangs in Schools: Signs, Symbols, and Solutions by Goldstein, A. P. & Kodluboy, D. W. [Review]. Communique, 29 (7), 36. 


Holifield, J. (1999). The examination of memory performance of children with attention and learning deficits on the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning (WRAML).  A non-published dissertation and requirement of the Graduate School, Loyola University Chicago.


Holifield, J. (1995). A MMPI comparison of sexually abused and non-abused clinic-referred adolescents. A non-published thesis and requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Xavier University Cincinnati.


Holifield, J. & Vandenburg, T. F. (1991).  Gender differences along Kiesler’s 1982 Interpersonal Circle.  A non-published study and requirement of the Senior Honors Thesis Program, University of Kentucky.


University Courses Taught

CD/PSY 306: Adolescence 

CD 431: Assessment of Children’s Development and Their Environments

EDUC 565 Counseling Measurement and Assessment   

PSY 432: Introduction to Psychological Measurement 

PSY 550: Intellectual Assessment  

PSY 456: Behavior Disorders in Children 

PSY 405: Abnormal Psychology

CJC/PSY/SOC 391 Youth At-Risk  

PSY 340 Biological Psychology

PSY 333: Physiological Psychology 

CD 350: Developmental Issues in Education 

PSY 420: Social-Emotional Development in Children 

PSY 421: Cognitive Development 

PSY 304: Research Methods 

PSY 202: General Experimental Psychology LabCD 330 Supervised Internship -Supervisor Student Applied Experiences

CD 430 Advanced Internship -Supervisor Student Applied Experiences

CD 462 Senior Project  (Supervised student research)


Media Appearances

Ventura Star-News Article

Dr. Holifield Addresses Threat Assessment Concerns at Ventura Unified School District School Board Meeting

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The Dave Congleton Show-Talk Radio

Dr. Holifield and Dr. Clayton discuss School Violence and School Safety following Parkland School Shootings. February 20th, 2018.  Segment 6 Local Psychologists discuss recent school shooting 

The Reluctant Therapist-Talk Radio

 

What is 'normal' development for adolescents? Dr. Holifield discusses issues as an invited guest to the show.

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