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Holly H. Mash, PhD

Assistant Scientific Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Research Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University

Holly Herberman Mash is a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University and Assistant Scientific Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Kenyon College, and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Dr. Mash completed her Master of Science and Ph.D. in Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, with a focus on predictors of psychophysiological and behavioral sequelae of trauma exposure. She has worked in residential, inpatient, and psychiatric emergency room settings, and has a background in psychological assessment. Dr. Mash has performed assessments of survivors of human-made disasters, such as motor vehicle and oil refinery accidents, rescue workers following an airplane crash, individuals considering genetic testing for BRCA1/2, and mothers experiencing postpartum depression.

Dr. Mash’s research interests include: risk and protective factors associated with posttraumatic stress disorder, complicated grief, suicidal behaviors, and alcohol use disorder; psychosocial factors and health; and comorbidity of psychiatric diagnoses following disaster. She has been an author on several peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters that focus on these areas. Dr. Mash is an Associate Editor for Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness and an Academic Editor for PLOS ONE. Dr. Mash contributes to research as an investigator on studies of military and civilian populations, including Army soldiers participating in the Army Study to Assess Risk and Resilience in Servicemembers (Army STARRS), Department of Health workers who responded to the 2004/2005 Florida hurricane seasons, National Guard service members who were activated in response to COVID-19, and greater Washington, D.C. community residents during the 2002 DC sniper attacks. Dr. Mash joined the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress in February 2010.

Visit ResearchGate for a list of Dr. Mash’s publications.