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Holly Chalk

I completed my doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University and my postdoctoral internship at the Baltimore VAMC. I teach courses in Abnormal Psychology, Counseling Psychology, Couple Counseling, Writing in Psychology, The Psychology of Star Wars, and many more.

I am also a licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice. I work with adults, families, and couples who are dealing with a wide variety of diagnoses; including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, adjustment, trauma, personality disorders and relationship conflict.

My research interests focus broadly on adjustment to major life transitions and the impact on mental health. My current research focuses on how young people navigate the transition to adulthood. Please contact me if you're interested in participating in my lab.


Ph.D., M.S., The Ohio State University

Research Interests

  • Emerging adulthood

  • Major life transitions

  • Disability in young adults

Recent Courses

  • PSY 2211: Abnormal Psychology

  • PSY 2337: Counseling Psychology

  • PSY 3204: Couple Counseling

  • PSY 3200: Writing in Psychology

  • FYS 1126: The Psychology of Star Wars

Selected Publications

  • Chalk, H.M., Barlett, C., & Barlett, N. (2019). Disability self-identification and well-being in emerging adults. Emerging Adulthood,

  • Barlett, C., Barlett, N, & Chalk, H.M. (2018) Transitioning through Emerging Adulthood and Physical Health Implications, Emerging Adulthood,

  • Grahe, J., Chalk, H.M., Cramblet Alvarez, L.D., Faas, C.S., Herman, A.D., & McFall, J.P. (2018). Emerging Adulthood Measured at Multiple Institutions 2: The Data. Journal of Open Psychology Data, 6(1) 4.

  • Raver, A.,* Murchake, H.*, & Chalk, H.M. (2018). Positive disability identity predicts sense of belonging in emerging adults with a disability. Psi Chi Journal, 23(2), 157-165.

  • Sanders, E. K.*, & Chalk, H. M. (2016). Predictors of psychological outcomes in nonheterosexual individuals. Psi Chi Journal, 21(2), 100-110.

* denotes McDaniel student author

Clubs and community involvement

  • Faculty Advisor for Active Minds on the Hill

  • Psychology Department Internship Coordinator

  • Phi Beta Kappa Member

Awards and Honors

  • Center for Open Science Pre-registration Challenge Grant in 2018

  • Boehlke Engaged Faculty Fellowship from McDaniel College in 2017

  • Eastern Regional Research Award from Psi Chi in 2016

Holly Chalk

"Without Dr. Chalk's guidance, I wouldn’t have made it through undergrad. She is such a great mentor and professor. Her counseling and couples counseling classes convinced me to be a therapist and she was always my biggest supporter."

Madison Bodnar, '17 Psychology