Robert Holaway, PhD

Robert Holaway


Assistant Professor

Contact Information:
(650) 995-3615

Faculty Status:

Core Faculty


PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium


PhD, Clinical Psychology, Temple University

MA, Clinical Psychology, Temple University

BS, Psychology, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo


Dr. Holaway is an assistant professor and core faculty member in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University’s School of Medicine.

Dr. Holaway received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Temple University in 2007. During his graduate studies, he trained at the Adult Anxiety Clinic of Temple (AACT) under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Heimberg. At AACT, Dr. Holaway received training in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders, worked as a clinician on several NIMH-funded research studies, and authored numerous scholarly papers on the assessment and treatment of anxiety-related disorders. In addition to his work at AACT, Dr. Holaway trained at the Anxiety and Agoraphobia Treatment Center under the mentorship of Dr. Jonathan Grayson; there he received training in Exposure and Response Prevention for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and exposure therapy for specific phobias. He later completed his internship training at the VA Palo Alto Heath Care System, followed by his postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University’s School of Medicine. Dr. Holaway was previously a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and was the attending psychologist in the Stanford Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders Program.

As a core faculty member in the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium, Dr. Holaway teaches History and Systems of Psychology and Dissertation Seminar, and serves as an academic advisor and dissertation mentor to several students. He is the director and primary supervisor of the VA Palo Alto Mental Health Clinic Practicum for 2nd year Consortium students, where he provides supervision and training in evidence-based treatment.

Dr. Holaway has maintained a practice as a licensed psychologist since 2008 and specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety, OCD, and related disorders. Dr. Holaway is also the director of the Pacific Anxiety Group, a Stanford-affiliated specialty clinic dedicated to the treatment of evidence-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults with anxiety, mood, and related disorders.

Areas of Interest:

Anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders; cognitive-behavioral therapy; psychotherapy training and supervision; history and systems of psychology.

Selected Publications:

Aboujaoude, E., & Holaway, R.M. (2014). Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. In L.W. Roberts & A. Louie (Eds.), Study Guide to DSM-5. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Stern, M.R., Nota, J.A., Heimberg, R.G., Holaway, R.M., & Coles, M.E. (2014). An initial examination of emotion regulation and obsessive compulsive symptoms. Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders, 3, 109-114.

Golden, A., & Holaway, R.M. (2013). Values-focused exposure and response prevention in the treatment of comorbid schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder: The case of "Mr. H". Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy, 9, 65-80.

Coleman, S.L., Pieterefesa, A.S., Holaway, R.M., Coles, M.E., & Heimberg, R.G (2011).Content and correlates of checking related to symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 293-301.

Rodebaugh, T.L., Holaway, R.M., Heimberg, R.G. (2008). The factor structure and dimensional scoring of the generalized anxiety disorder questionnaire for DSM-IV. Assessment, 15, 343-350.

Heimberg, R.G., & Holaway, R.M. (2007). An examination of the known-groups validity of the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale. Depression and Anxiety, 24, 447-454.

Mennin, D.S., Holaway, R.M., Fresco, D.M., Moore, M.T., & Heimberg, R.G. (2007).Delineating components of emotion and its dysregulation in anxiety and mood psychopathology. Behavior Therapy, 38, 284-302.

Taylor, S., Zvolensky, M.J., Cox, B.J., Deacon, B., Heimberg, R.G., Roth Ledley, D., Abramowitz, J.S., Holaway, R.M., Sandin, B., Stewart, S.H., Coles, M.E., Eng, W., Scott, E., Arrindell, W.A., Bouvard, M., & Cardenas, S.J. (2007). Robust dimensions of anxiety sensitivity: Development and initial validation of the Anxiety Sensitivity Index-3. Psychological Assessment, 19, 176-188.

Holaway, R.M., Heimberg, R.G., & Coles, M.E. (2006). A comparison of intolerance of uncertainty in analogue generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 20, 157-173.

Holaway, R.M., Rodebaugh, T.L., & Heimberg, R.G. (2006). The epidemiology of worry and generalized anxiety disorder. In G.C.L. Davey & A. Wells (Eds.) Worry and its Psychological Disorders: Theory, Assessment & Treatment (pp. 3-20). London: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

Hofmann, S.G., DiBartolo, P.M., Holaway, R.M., & Heimberg, R.G. (2004). Psychometric implications of a scoring error of the Social Avoidance and Distress Scale. Depression and Anxiety, 19, 197-198.

Holaway, R.M., & Heimberg, R.G. (2004). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for social anxiety disorder: A treatment review. In B. Bandelow & D.J. Stein (Eds.), Social Anxiety Disorder (pp. 235-250). New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Rodebaugh, T.L., Holaway, R.M., & Heimberg, R.G. (2004). The treatment of social anxiety disorder. Clinical Psychology Review, 24, 883-908.

Beutler, L.E., Harwood, T.M., & Holaway, R. (2002). How to assess clients in pretreatment planning. In J.N. Butcher (Ed.) Clinical Personality Assessment: Practical approaches (second edition) [pp. 76-95]. New York: Oxford University Press.

Websites and Other Relevant Links:

PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium

Pacific Anxiety Group