Dr. Julie Holland is a board-certified psychiatrist in New York City. As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Holland majored in the "Biological Basis of Behavior," a series of courses combining the study of psychology and neural sciences, with a concentration in psychopharmacology, or drugs and the brain. In 1992, Dr. Holland received her medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine, where she performed research on auditory hallucinations, extensively interviewing nearly one hundred psychotic patients. In 1996, she completed a psychiatric residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she was the creator of a research project treating schizophrenics with a new medication, obtaining an IND from the Food and Drug Administration. In 1994, she received the Outstanding Resident Award from the National Institute of Mental Health.
From 1996 to 2005, Dr. Holland ran the psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital on Saturday and Sunday nights. A liaison to the hospital's medical emergency room and toxicology department, she is considered an expert on street drugs and intoxication states, and lectures widely on this topic. She published a paper in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, describing a resurgence of the drug phenomenon smoking marijuana soaked in embalming fluid, which may be a carrier for PCP. She is available for forensic consultations involving embalming fluid intoxication.
During her college years, Dr. Holland grew interested in a new drug being used as a psychotherapeutic catalyst, and authored an extensive research paper on MDMA (ecstasy), resulting in multiple television appearances, forensic consultations, and a book, Ecstasy: The Complete Guide.
She has been quoted as an authority on MDMA in magazine, newspaper and website articles (Harper's, Slate, SF Chronicle, LA Times, Wall Street Journal).
Dr. Holland runs a private psychiatry practice in Manhattan, established in 1996.
NBC Today Show discussing Brittney Spears and Heath Ledger
ABC Good Morning America discussing antidepressants
Peter Jennings hour-long documentary on Ecstasy
CNN Live with Paula Zahn
Hour-long special on Happiness with Sanjay Gupta
MTV Hour-long documentary on Ecstasy
VH1 Hour-long documentary on Ecstasy
"The Drug Years" Four part documentary
Sundance Channel "The Drug Years"
Fox News News hour on PCP/embalming fluid
MSNBC Dan Abrams discussing Brittney Spears
Discovery Health Hour-long documentary on Ecstasy
Court TV Commentary on murder trial involving Ecstasy
Fox Commentary on date rape case involving GHB
Lifetime Talk show guest on Jane (Ecstasy)
Rickie Lake Talk show guest (PCP/Embalming Fluid)
Mount Sinai Medical Center, July 1992 to June 1996
Chief Resident, Schizophrenia Research Ward, January 1994 to Feb 1995
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Medical Degree, 1992
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Bachelor of Arts, 1987
Major: Biological Basis of Behavior. Concentration: Psychopharmacology
Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
Attending Psychiatrist, Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, 1996 to 2005
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine, 1996 to present
Fall 1993 to Summer 1996 Principal Investigator of protocol involving the glutamate neurotransmitter system in schizophrenia using d-cycloserine. Department of Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Summer 1989 to Summer 1992 Clinical Psychiatric Research involving auditory hallucinations. Under the direction of Kevin Riley, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Temple University Medical Center
Summer 1987 to Summer 1988 Clinical Neurological Research involving regional cerebral blood flow measurement with Xenon 133. Under the direction of Brett Skolnick, PhD, Department of Neurology, Graduate Hospital
Spring 1986 to Summer 1987 Independent Study assisting protocol preparations for clinical psychopharmacological research. Under the direction of Edward Schweizer, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania
Summer 1985 Neuropsychological Research involving Alzheimer's Disease. Under the direction of Myrna Schwartz, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania
National Institute of Mental Health, Outstanding Resident Award, 1994
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Mental Health Professionals Harm Reduction Group
Lindesmith Drug Policy Seminar Series
Heffter Research Institute
Drug Policy Alliance
Marijuana Policy Project
Weekends at Bellevue. Nine Years on the Nightshift of the Psych ER. Bantam, 2009 by Julie Holland, MD
Holland, Julie MD Editor, Ecstasy: The Complete Guide.
A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA. Park Street Press, 2001.
Holland JA, Nelson LW, Ravikumar PR, Elwood WN; Embalming Fluid-Soaked Marijuana: New Drug or New Guise for PCP? Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, 1998, Vol 30(2) pp. 215-219.
Holland JA, Riley KC; Characterizing Auditory Hallucinations: An Aid in the Differential Diagnosis of Malingering
Journal of the American Association of Emergency Psychiatry, 1998, Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 3-5.
Holland, JA; Hallucinogenic Drugs in Experimental Psychiatric Research. Bulletin of Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, 1997, Vol. 7, No. 3, pp. 31-36.
Holland, JA; Psychedelic Researchers: The Next Generation. Bulletin of Multidisciplinary association for Psychedelic Studies, 1993, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 40-42.
Holland, Julie; "Positron Emission Tomography Findings in Heavy Users of MDMA" Lancet, 1999, Vol 353(9152) p772.
L.A. Times Op Ed. "Teaching Kids Safe X" (April 10, 2002)
Wall Street Journal Letter to the Editor "Take the Emotion out of Ecstasy" (November 9, 2001)
For speaking engagements, contact
Kevin R. MacRae, Vice President
Lordly & Dame, Inc.
Phone: (617) 482-3593