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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Jill Holm-Denoma

Dr. Holm-Denoma is not interested in taking a new graduate student for Fall 2021.

Areas of Expertise/Research Interests

  • the development of eating disorders among understudied populations
  • empirically based classification of eating disorders
  • suicide and suicidal behaviors

Current Research and Projects

Currently, much of my research focuses on assessing the nature of suicide and suicide-related behaviors. Specifically, I used taxometric analyses and other latent modeling approaches to examine whether people who die by suicide and/or make very serious suicide attempts differ meaningfully from those who do not. Initial results suggest that people at very high risk from suicide are categorically different from those who are not (Witte, Holm-Denoma, et al., Psychological Assessment, 2016). Future studies will examine predictors of membership in the high risk for suicide group and stability of membership in the high risk group over time.

I am also an active researcher in the eating disorder domain, and much of my research in this area examines predictors for and correlates of disordered eating. I have a special interest in examining these variables among traditionally understudied groups (e.g., ethnic and racial minority groups, individuals from the LGBTQ community, etc.).

Professional Biography

In addition to being a researcher, I am an active teacher and clinician. In line with clinical-scientist view, I believe that students benefit from learning how empirically based information informs clinical work and vice versa.

Each semester, I supervise graduate students who are working in the Clinic for Child and Family Psychology as they conduct therapy and assessments. I encourage students to use the relevant literature to select high-quality measures and treatments and to inform their case conceptualization. I also ask students to collect data when engaging in clinical work because it allows them a) to continually refine their treatment approach with an individual client (an ideographic aim), and b) to pool data across clients and present results in peer-reviewed journal articles (a nomothetic aim). I approach the majority of my clinical work and supervision from a cognitive-behavioral orientation, and keep my own clinical skills up to date by seeing patients in my Denver-based private practice.

I also teach undergraduate courses regularly. Each year, I teach the Undergraduate Field Experiences in Clinical Settings course, which offers senior psychology majors the opportunity to work in a clinical mental health setting 10-15 hours per week. I also teach Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Research Methods, and Ethics.


  • PhD, clinical psychology, Florida State University, 2007
  • MS, clinical psychology, Florida State University, 2004
  • BA, psychology, Illinois Wesleyan University, 2001

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

  • Smith, A., Bodell, L., Holm-Denoma, J., Perez, M., Keel, P., & Joiner, T. (in press). I Don't Want to Grow Up, I'm a [Gen X, Y, Me] Kid": Increasing Maturity Fears across the Decades. Journal of Behavioral Development.
  • Witte†, T., Holm-Denoma†, J., Zuromski, K., Gauthier, J., & Ruscio, J. (in press). Individuals at High Risk for Suicide are Categorically Distinct from those at Low Risk. Psychological Assessment.  †Joint first authorship. 
  • Shallcross, A., Gross, J., Visvanathan, P., Kumar, N., Pastva, A., Ford, B., Dimidijan S., Shirk, S., Holm-Denoma, J., Goode, K., Cox, E., Chaplin, W., & Mauss, I. (2015). Relapse Prevention in Major Depressive Disorder: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy versus an Active Control Condition. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 964-975.
  • Minnich, A., Gordon, K., Holm-Denoma, J., & Troop-Gordon, W. (2014). A Test of an Interactive Model of Binge Eating among Undergraduate Men. Eating Behaviors, 15, 625-631.
  • Holm-Denoma, J., Hankin, B., & Young, J. (2014). Developmental Trends of Eating Disorder Symptoms and Comorbid Internalizing Symptoms in Children and Adolescents. Eating Behaviors, 15, 275-279.
  • Holm-Denoma, J. Smith, A., & Waesche, M. (2014). Publicizing Female Athletes' Weights: Implications for Female Spectators. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 85, 420-425.
  • Holm-Denoma, J.M., Smith, A., Lewinsohn, P.M., & Pettit, J. (2014). Psychosocial Predictors of Body Mass Index at Late Childhood: A Longitudinal Investigation.  Journal of Health Psychology, 19, 754-764.
  • Bodell, L., Hames, J., Holm-Denoma, J.M., Smith, A., & Gordon, K.H. (2012). Does the Stress Generation Hypothesis Apply to Eating Disorders?: An Examination of Stress Generation in Eating, Depressive, and Anxiety Symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 142, 139-142.
  • Gordon, K., Holm-Denoma, J., Troop-Gordon, W., & Sand, E. (2012). Rumination and Body Dissatisfaction Interact to Predict Binge Eating. Body Image, 9, 352-357.
  • Bodell, L., Smith, A., Holm-Denoma, J.M., & Gordon, K.H. (2011). "Interpersonal effectiveness and negative life events interact to predict bulimic symptoms." Eating Behaviors, 12, 44-48.
  • Keel, P., Brown, T., Holm-Denoma, J.M., & Bodell, L. (2011). "Comparison of DSM-IV vs. proposed DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for eating disorders: Reduction of EDNOS and validity." International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44, 553-560.
  • Keel, P., Holm-Denoma, J.M., & Crosby, R. (2011). "Clinical significance and distinctiveness of purging disorder and binge eating disorder." International Journal of Eating Disorders, 44, 311-316.
  • Van Orden, K., Witte, T., Holm-Denoma, J., Gordon, K., & Joiner, T. (2011). "Suicidal behavior on Axis VI: Clinical data supporting a sixth axis for DSM-V." Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 32, 110-113.
  • Gordon, K.H., Castro, Y., Sitnikov, L., & Holm-Denoma, J.M. (2010). "Cultural body shape ideals and eating disorder symptoms among White, Latina, and Black college women." Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 16, 135-143.
  • Holm-Denoma, J.M., & Hankin, B.L. (2010). "Physical appearance competence as a mediator of the rumination and bulimic symptom link in female adolescents." Journal of Child Clinical and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 537-544.
  • Holm-Denoma, J.M., Richey, J.A., & Joiner, T.E. (2010). "The latent structure of dietary restraint, body dissatisfaction, and drive for thinness: A series of taxometric analyses." Psychological Assessment, 22, 788-79
  • Fink, E.L., Smith, A.R., Gordon, K.H., Holm-Denoma, J.M., & Joiner, T.E. (2009). "Psychological correlates of purging disorder as compared to other eating disorders: An exploratory investigation." International Journal of Eating Disorders, 42, 31-39.
  • Holm-Denoma, JM, Scaringi, V, Gordon, KH, Van Orden, KA, & Joiner, TE (2009). "Eating disorder symptoms among college varsity athletes, club athletes, independent exercisers, and non-exercisers." International Journal of Eating Disorders, 42, 47-53.

Edited Book:

  • Buckner, J., Castro, Y., Holm-Denoma, J., & Joiner, T. (2007). Mental Health Care for People of Diverse Backgrounds. Edited volume. Oxford: Radcliffe Publishing.