Professor, Counseling Program
Interim Chair, Department of Counseling, Development, & Higher Education
University of North Texas
Dr. Holden is a long-time investigator of veridical perception during NDEs and co-creator with Rozan Christian, PhD, of the consummate NDE research tool Near-Death Experiences: Index to the Periodical Literature through 2005. Dr. Holden co-authored with Sam Parnia, MD, the talk on "Veridical Perception in NDEs" at the 2006 IANDS conference.
Upon earning her doctorate in counselor education from Northern Illinois University in 1988, Dr. Holden joined the counseling program faculty at the University of North Texas in Denton, just north of Dallas/Fort Worth, where she now serves as counseling program administrator. Her primary area of specialization is the transpersonal perspective in counseling, with particular emphasis on near-death experiences. Dr. Holden is serving in her third year as President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. She leads a monthly IANDS local group in Lewisville, a suburb north of Dallas. Dr. Holden is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and National Certified Counselor. She maintains a small private practice in counseling in Lewisville where she works primarily with individual adults and with couples.