Holly Schiffrin

Holly Schiffrin
  • Psychological Science
  • Academic Degrees

    • B.S., Mary Washington College
    • M.S., Ph.D., University of Miami
  • Areas of Expertise

    • Statistics and Methods
    • Infant and Child Development
    • Developmental Disabilities
    • Parenting Coaching and Education
    • Positive Psychology

Holly Hollomon Schiffrin, Associate Professor of Psychology, earned a Ph.D. (1998) and an M.S. (1996) in applied developmental psychology from the University of Miami, and a B.S. (1994) in psychology from the University of Mary Washington. She also received a master’s-level certificate in parent coaching from the Parent Coaching Institute at Seattle Pacific University. She specializes in child development, parenting practices, early intervention for children with disabilities, and research methods for psychology.

Dr. Schiffrin and UMW Professor of Psychology Miriam Liss are co-authors of a book “Balancing the Big Stuff: Finding Happiness in Work, Family, and Life” that deals with work-family balance and why it is so difficult to achieve.  She has had works published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, Food and Nutrition Bulletin, Research in Development Disabilities, the Journal of Positive Psychology, Cyberpsychology and Behavior, and the Journal of Development & Behavioral Pediatrics. In addition, she has written several technical reports and given numerous presentations at conferences, including at the Society for Research in Child Development, the American Public Health Association, the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology, the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Most recently, Dr. Schiffrin presented a poster she co-authored “The Impact of Affect on Cognitive Processes” at the Association for Psychological Science conference in Boston.

In an interview on the “With Good Reason” public radio program, Dr. Schiffrin discussed how lifestyle changes brought on by the recession might be better for one’s well-being. Her editorial “Does Money Buy Greater Happiness?” was published in several newspapers including The Free Lance Star, Miami Herald, the Denver Post and Minneapolis-St. Paul Star-Tribune.

Dr. Schiffrin’s honors include serving as the Distinguished Graduate-in-Residence at the University of Mary Washington and receiving the Kirk Danhour Memorial Award for an Outstanding Graduate Psychology Student from the University of Miami. She has received a teaching fellowship and a Jepson fellowship from UMW. She also has been inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. Schiffrin serves as president of the Virginia Academic and Applied Psychologist Academy of the Virginia Psychological Association. She is a member of the American Association for Psychological Science, the Society for the Teaching of Psychology, the Virginia Academic and Applied Psychologists Academy, the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the American College Personnel Association, the Society for Research in Child Development, International Positive Psychology Association, and the Virginia Psychological Association.