Holly Holloway-Friesen, PhD


Professor, Department of Psychology; Adjunct Professor, Department of Higher Education

Holly Holloway-Friesen, PhD, proudly serves as a full professor of psychology in the Department of Psychology. Prior to this role, she was director of the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program at Azusa Pacific University’s Inland Empire and High Desert regional campuses. She also currently teaches in Azusa Pacific’s Master of Science in College Counseling and Student Development program. Dr. Holloway-Friesen presents on marriage enhancement strategies in the community. Holloway-Friesen served as a senior research associate at the Institute at Indian Hill during her time at Claremont Graduate University, where she worked on a $5 million National Science Foundation grant. In addition to her work at APU, she has taught in Argosy University’s doctorate and master’s in counseling psychology programs, and in the Doctorate of Education program at Concordia University (Portland, Oregon). She also is an editor of the Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition and has published her research in several peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Student Affairs and Research, College Student Affairs Journal, Journal of Career Development, and Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, among others). Holloway-Friesen has presented at several conferences, including those hosted by the American Educational Research Association, the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, the Hawaii International Conference on Education, the Consortium of Liberal Arts Schools and Independent Colleges, and the National Association for Community Colleges. Her research passions focus on college students’ sense of belonging, cultural identities, religious support, and career development.


  • PhD, Higher Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • MS, College Counseling and Student Development, Azusa Pacific University
  • BA, Claremont McKenna College

Academic Area

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences


  • Social and Educational Psychology
  • Diversity in Higher Education
  • Cultural and Religious Identities
  • College Student Success
  • College Student Affairs
  • College and Career Counseling

Courses Taught

  • CCSD 551 – Introduction to College Student Affairs
  • CCSD 562 – Qualitative Research with Today’s Diverse College Students
  • CCSD 573 – Career Counseling and Development
  • CCSD 575 – Quantitative Analysis in College Student Affairs
  • CCSD 592 – Program Evaluation in College Student Affairs
  • PRPS 250 – Data Analysis in Psychology
  • PRPS 290 – Human Growth and Development
  • PRPS 370 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PRPS 455 – Field Experience
  • PSYC 250 – Data Analysis in Psychology
  • PSYC 512 – Non-Experimental Research Methods
  • PSYC 517 – Program Evaluation
  • PSYC 555 – Career Development
  • RMS 712 – Mixed Methods
  • GE 100 – First Year Seminar
  • WRIT 260 – Writing in Psychology