Holly Holloway-Friesen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Director, Bachelor's Completion Program in Psychology (Inland Empire and High Desert), Department of Psychology
Adjunct Professor, Department of Higher Education
Phone: (626) 815-5485
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Holly Holloway-Friesen, Ph.D., proudly serves as the program director for the bachelor’s completion program in psychology at Azusa Pacific University’s Inland Empire and High Desert regional campuses. Prior to this role, she taught in APU’s M.S. in College Counseling and Student Development program for 7 years, and has been at APU for a total of 16 years. She has dedicated her career to college counseling at several institutions (public, private, for-profit, and nonprofit), and was 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 serves as 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 Diversity in 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.


  • Ph.D., Higher Education, Claremont Graduate University
  • M.S., College Counseling and Student Development, Azusa Pacific University
  • B.A., Claremont McKenna College

Academic Areas

  • School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Higher Education


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

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 455 – Field Experience
  • PSYC 595 – Special Topics: Program Evaluation in Psychology

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