PhD Students

Holden Dillman

Holden Dillman


Master’s in Social Work, University of Louisville
Bachelor’s in Sustainable Community Development, Berea College

Teaching Interests

  • Clinical and direct practice
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Human behavior and the social environment
  • Psychopathology
  • Social justice

Research Interests

  • Body politics
  • Care work and labor justice
  • Ecosocial work
  • Embodiment and somatics
  • Integrative health

Conference Presentations

  • Adesiyan, R., Akomolafe, E., Dillman, H., Fields, C., Fitisone, K., Mountain, D., Rooks, D., Shahrjooihaghighi, E., & Willis-Nichols, R. (2024, March). Scholarship of teaching and learning in action: Example from a qualitative research course. Kentucky Association of Social Work Education Annual Conference. Lexington, KY.
  • Owens, J., & Dillman, H. (2020, September). Healing Trauma with Ecotherapy Practices [Webinar]. 2nd International Forest Therapy and Wellbeing Summit, Hosted by the Forest Therapy Institute.


Holden (he/they) has a background in environmental science, community development, and integrative mental health and is eager to make significant contributions as a Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky. Their clinical practice and research expertise focus on the intersections of self, systems, and somatics. Born and raised in Appalachia, Holden is committed to advocating for the accessibility of knowledge that affords embodied liberation to individuals, groups, and communities. When Holden is not meditating on how to love the world into positive change, he enjoys cooking with his partner, playing with their 100-pound dog Dewayne, and training with a local modern dance company.