Janice Miner Holden

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Department Chair, Professor, Counseling and Higher Education
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I grew up in, taught high school psychology for 11 years in, and served as a high school counselor for one year in the Chicago suburbs. My bachelor's degree is in psychology with honors from the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. Both my master's and doctoral degrees are in counselor education from Northern Illinois University.

Since completing my master's in 1979 until 2007, I maintained a part-time private practice in counseling. Upon completing my doctorate in the spring of 1988, I came to Texas to join the UNT Counseling Program faculty that fall, and have worked here ever since; it would take an exceptional job to persuade me to move back north of the Mason-Dixon line! I discontinued private practice when I became Department Chair because of workload; I look forward to resuming when I either return to faculty or retire.

My primary professional interest is the transpersonal perspective in counseling – "transpersonal" referring most basically to experiences and stages of development that involve transcendence of the usual personal limits of space and/or time. My single most meaningful professional experience so far has been serving for three years as president of the International Association for Near-Death Studies. My greatest professional fantasy is to find a donor to fund a Center for the Study of Transpersonal Experiences Surrounding Death (C-STED) at the University of North Texas.

I'm married with no children and enjoy watching movies on our home-theater-like setup, maintaining the landscaping around my house, attending arts-related events in the DFW area, and taking vacations focused on hiking and photography.

I am extremely proud of the UNT Counseling Program: I believe we nurture the development of outstanding counseling associates and professionals.

Credentials: Texas Licensed Professional Counselor – Supervisor, Texas Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor, and ACISTE (American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences) Certified Mental Health Professional.

Teaching Areas: Counseling Theory, Transpersonal Counseling, Dreamwork in Counseling, and Supervised Practice of Counseling.

Research Areas: Transpersonal / Spiritual Issues in Counseling, Couple Counseling, Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction Therapy, Integral Therapy, and Screening Counseling Program Applicants.

Honors/Awards: 2013 Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling’s Research Award; 2014-19 Fulbright Specialist Roster Candidate; 2015 American Counseling Association's Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person.


Holden, J. M., Kinsey, L., & Moore, T. R. (2014). Disclosing near-death experiences to professional healthcare providers and non-professionals. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 1(4), 278-287. doi:10.1037/scp0000039
Selected by the Research Network of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education as the January 2015 Article of the Month: http://www.acperesearch.net/jan15.html

Goza, T., Holden, J. M., & Kinsey, L. (2014). Combat near-death experiences: An exploratory study. Military Medicine, 179(10), 1113-1118.

Loseu, S., Holden, J. M., Kinsey, L., & Christian, R. (2013). The field of near-death studies through 2011: An updated analysis of the scholarly periodical literature. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 31(4), 189-202.

Foster, R. D., & Holden, J. M. (2013). Eternal connection: An exploratory study of the effects of learning about near-death experiences on adult grief. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 19, 1-16. doi: 10.1080/15325024.2012.735189

Holden, J. M. (2012). After-math: Counting the aftereffects of potentially spiritually transformative experiences. Journal of Near-Death Studies, 31(2), 65-78. Selected by Audio-Digest for Continuing Medical, Continuing Nursing, and other Continuing Education credit online at the Audio-Digest Foundation: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10791949.htm


Holden, J. M., Greyson, B., & James, D. (Eds.). (2009). The handbook of near-death experiences: Thirty years of investigation. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Fall, K. A., Holden, J. M., & Marquis, A. (2010). Theoretical models of counseling and psychotherapy (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Routledge.

Book chapters

Foster, R., & Holden, J. M. (2011). Human and spiritual development and transformation. In C. S. Cashwell & J. S. Young (Eds.). Integrating spirituality and religion into counseling: A guide to competent practice (pp. 97-118). Alexandria, VA: American Counseling Association.


Holden, J. M. (2008). Near-death experiences, part 1: Recognizing a pleasurable near-death experience. (75-minute online continuing education program for healthcare providers.) Available at http://iands.org/education/online-nde-course.html. Durham, NC: International Association for Near-Death Studies.

Holden, J. M., Christian, R., & Kinsey, L. (2013). Near-death experiences: Index to the periodical literature through 2011. Available at http://iands.org/research/index-to-nde-periodical-literature.html. Durham, NC: International Association for Near-Death Studies.


2008-Present - Editor, Journal of Near-Death Studies