Holly Hazlett-Stevens

Associate Professor


Holly Hazlett-Stevens received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Pennsylvania State University in 1999. Under the mentorship of Thomas Borkovec, she studied the nature of anxiety and worry, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder.

From 1999-2001, Hazlett-Stevens was a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles under the mentorship of Michelle Craske. There, she received training in cognitive behavioral therapy for panic, coordinated panic disorder intervention research projects, and continued her own program of anxiety and worry research.

Hazlett-Stevens joined the University of Nevada, Reno psychology department faculty in 2002, where she is currently an associate professor. She is the author of two books, "Women Who Worry Too Much: How to Stop Worry & Anxiety from Ruining Relationships, Work, & Fun" and "Psychological approaches to generalized anxiety disorder: A clinician's guide to assessment and treatment." She also co-authored "New Directions in Progressive Relaxation Training" with Douglas A. Bernstein and Borkovec.

Since 2010, Hazlett-Stevens attended a series of intensive professional training programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instruction from the University of Massachusetts Medical School Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society (CFM). She has received over 260 hours of professional education in MBSR instruction and is a CFM certified MBSR Instructor. She also received formal professional training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Her current research agenda aims to: 1) examine the feasibility, acceptability, and effectiveness of MBSR in applied settings, 2) develop mindfulness training programs that enhance the health and well-being of service professionals, and 3) identify specific mechanisms responsible for observed mindfulness meditation effects.

Research interests

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness training for service professionals
  • Mechanisms of mindfulness meditation

All graduate students in the Mindful Awareness Research and Service (MARS) Laboratory have an established insight (vipassana) or mindfulness meditation personal practice and are willing to attend silent meditation retreats and professional training retreats required of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teachers.

Dr. Hazlett-Stevens will not be accepting new graduate students into the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. 


  • PSY435 - Personality
  • PSY436 - Mindfulness in Psychology


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Pennsylvania State University, 1999


  • Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2017). Mindfulness-based stress reduction in a mental health outpatient setting: Benefits beyond symptom reduction. Journal of Spirituality in Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/19349637.2017.1413963
  • Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2017). Dispositional mindfulness and neural correlates of affect regulation. Archives of Neuroscience, 4(3):e57682. DOI: 10.5812/archneurosci.57682
  • Hazlett-Stevens, H., & Oren, Y. (2016). Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction bibliotherapy: A preliminary randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(6), 626-637. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22370
  • Lancaster, N.G., & Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2017). Alternative delivery of mindfulness-based interventions: Future opportunities for wider dissemination? In B Muireadhach & G. Colin (Eds.), Mindfulness: Past, present, and future perspectives (pp. 233-269). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
  • Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2017). Zen, mindfulness, and cognitive-behavior therapy. In A. Masuda & W.T. O'Donohue (Eds.), Handbook of Zen, mindfulness, and behavioral health (pp. 255-270). New York: Springer.
  • Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2017). Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. In A.E. Wenzel (Ed.), SAGE Encyclopedia of abnormal and clinical psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Follette, V. M., & Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2016). Mindfulness and acceptance theories. In J. Norcross, G. VandenBos, & D. Freedheim (Editors-in-Chief), L. Campbell, M. Domenech Rodriguez, R. Krishnamurthy, B. Olatuni, & N. Pole (Associate Editors) (Ed.), APA handbook of clinical psychology: Vol. 2. Theory and research (pp. 273-302). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Erazo, E., & Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2014). Cultural competency and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for depression. In Akihiko Masuda (Ed.), Mindfulness and acceptance in multicultural competency (pp. 93-108). Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications.
  • Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2012). Mindfulness-based stress reduction for comorbid anxiety and depression: Case report and clinical considerations. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 200, 999-1003.