Associate professor Psychology

Dr. Holland received her Ph.D. in Psychology & Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. She joined the UNL faculty in 2017, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology and the Program in Women’s & Gender Studies.

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Dr. Holland’s research investigates how people’s health and wellbeing are influenced by their social environments, with a focus on formal support systems, social norms, and interpersonal processes. She is primarily interested in wellbeing around issues of sexual violence and sexual health. For example, she studies the implementation, use, and effectiveness of formal support systems for sexual assault in higher education and the military. She researches the causes and consequences of both negative and positive interpersonal processes, such as gendered sexual aggression and bystander intervention. Dr. Holland also examines how social norms around gender and sexuality affect women’s sexual health. As an interdisciplinary scholar, her work is guided by the fields of psychology (social, law, community) and women’s & gender studies. She is interested in utilizing multiple research methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed method) and using research to promote social justice and change.

See the Sexual Assault and Sexual Health (SASH) Lab website for more information. 


Dr. Holland teaches courses in Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies. She teaches Women, Gender, and Science (WMNS 385) and Psychology of Gender (PSYC 421/821).

Representative Publications

Holland, K. J., Cortina, L. M., & Freyd, J. J. (2018). Advocating alternatives to mandatory reporting for college sexual assault: Reply to Newins (2018). American Psychologist

Rabelo, V. C., Holland, K. J., & Cortina, L. M. (2018). From distrust to distressed: Associations among sexual assault, organizational trust, and occupational health in the U. S., military. Psychology of Violence

Holland, K. J., Cortina, L. M., & Freyd, J. J. (2018). Compelled disclosure of college sexual assault. American Psychologist 73(3), 256-268.

Holland, K. J. & Cortina, L. M. (2017). The evolving landscape of Title IX: Predicting mandatory reporters’ responses to sexual assault disclosures. Law and Human Behavior.

Holland, K. J. & Cortina, L. M. (2017). “It happens to girls all the time”: Examining sexual assault survivors’ reasons for not using campus supports. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59(1), 50-64.

Holland, K. J., Rabelo, V. C., & Cortina, L. M. (2017). (Missing) knowledge about sexual assault resources: Implications for military mental health. Violence and Victims, 32(1), 60-77.

Holland, K. J., Rabelo, V. C., & Cortina, L. M. (2016). See something, do something: Predicting sexual assault bystander intentions in the U.S. military. American Journal of Community Psychology, 58(1), 3-15.

McClelland, S. I., & Holland, K. J. (2016). Toward better measurement: The role of survey marginalia in critical sexuality research. Qualitative Psychology, 3(2), 166-185.

Holland, K. J., Rabelo, C. V., & Cortina, L. M. (2016). Collateral damage: Military sexual trauma and help-seeking barriers. Psychology of Violence, 6(2), 253-261.

Holland, K. J., Rabelo, C. V., Gustafson, A. M., Seabrook, R. C. & Cortina, L. M. (2016). Sexual harassment against men: Examining the roles of feminist activism, sexuality, and organizational context. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, 17(1), 17-29.

Holland, K. J. & Cortina, L. M. (2015). Sexual Harassment Undermining the Wellbeing of Working Women. In M. L. Connerley & J. Wu (Eds.), Handbook on the Well-being of Working Women (pp. 83-102). The Netherlands: Springer and the International Society for Quality-of-Life Studies.

Holland, K. J., Rabelo, V. C., & Cortina, L. M. (2014) Sexual assault training in the military: evaluating efforts to end the “invisible war.” American Journal of Community Psychology, 54, 289-303.

McClelland, S. I., Holland, K. J., & Griggs, J. J. (2014). Vaginal dryness and beyond: The sexual health needs of women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Journal of Sex Research, 52(6), 604-616.

McClelland, S. I. & Holland, K. J. (2014). You, me or her: Leaders’ perceptions of responsibility for increasing gender diversity in STEM departments. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 39(2), 210-225.

Holland, K. J. & Cortina, L.M. (2013). When sexism and feminism collide: The sexual harassment of feminist working women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37(2), 192-208.

Roosevelt, L., Holland, K. J., Hiser, J. & Seng, J. S. (2013). Psychometric assessment of the health care alliance questionnaire with women in prenatal care. Journal of Health Psychology, 20(7), 1013-1024.

Holland, K. J. & French, S.E. (2011). Condom negotiation strategy use and effectiveness among college students. Journal of Sex Research, 49(5), 443-453.

French, S.E. & Holland, K. J. (2011). Condom negotiation strategies as a mediator of the relationship between self-efficacy and condom use. Journal of Sex Research, 50(1), 48-59.