Kristen E. Holm
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
  • 5280 Top Doctors 2016
  • Recognized as a 5280 Top Doctor
  • America’s Top Doctors 2015 — Castle Connolly, Medical, Ltd.
  • Recognized in America’s Top Doctors — Castle Connolly, Inc.
  • Best Doctors in America® 2015 — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc.
  • America’s Top Doctors 2016 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
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    Specialties and ConditionsSpecialties & Conditions
    Research AreasResearch Areas
    • Family and Mental Health Issues among Individuals with COPD
    Related Clinical TrialsRelated Clinical Trials

    Special Interests

    Clinical Interests

    Couples and family treatment in the context of chronic respiratory diseases.


    Research Interests

    Dr. Holm’s research focuses on social and psychological factors that are related to COPD outcomes. Her research also focuses on the extent to which the relative importance of various social and psychological factors differs for individuals with COPD due to alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD).

    Current Research:
    "The Social Environment, Psychological Distress, and Clinical Outcomes in COPD." PI: K Holm, NHLBI.

    Recent Research:
    “Illness Perceptions, the Social Environment, and AATD-Associated COPD.” PI: K Holm, Alpha-1 Foundation.
    “Illness Perceptions, the Social Environment, and COPD.” PI: K Holm, NHLBI

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    University of Minnesota (Twin Cities, MN), PhD
    Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO), MS
    Wake Forest University (Winston-Salem, NC), BA
    National Jewish Health, Department of Medicine
    University of Colorado Denver, Department of Psychiatry

    Professional Memberships

    American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
    National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
    Collaborative Family Healthcare Association (CFHA)


    Plaufcan, M.R., Wamboldt, F.S, & Holm, K.E. (2012). Behavioral and characterological self-blame in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 72, 78-83.

    Hoth, K.F., Wamboldt, F.S., Bowler, R., Make, B., & Holm, K.E. (2011). Attributions about cause of illness in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 70, 465-472.

    Holm, K.E., LaChance, H.R., Bowler, R.P., Make, B.J., & Wamboldt, F.S. (2010). Family factors are associated with psychological distress and smoking status in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. General Hospital Psychiatry, 32, 492-498.

    Holm, K.E., Bowler, R.P., Make, B.J., & Wamboldt, F.S. (2009). Family relationship quality is associated with psychological distress, dyspnea, and quality of life in COPD. COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, 6, 359-368.

    Rueter, M.A., Holm, K.E., McGeorge, C.R., & Conger, R.D. (2008). Adolescent suicidal ideation subgroups and their association with suicidal plans and attempts in young adulthood. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 38, 564-575.

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    • Fax: 303.270.2115



    • National Jewish Health Main Campus
      1400 Jackson St.
      Denver, CO 80206

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