About Us

At Brown, we're cultivating an institutional culture that centers mental and emotional wellness as essential to complete health.


  • Kelly Holder, PhD

    Kelly Holder, PhD

    Chief Wellness Officer

    Dr. Kelly Holder currently serves as the Chief Wellness Officer for the Warren Alpert Medical School.  Dr. Holder earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Loma Linda University, and completed postdoctoral training in Behavioral Medicine from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. She has experience working in community mental health, private practice, college counseling centers, and health systems.  Most recently she served as the Director of the Office for Professional Mental Health at Penn State University College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center.  She is trained in national mental health and suicide prevention gatekeeping programs: Mental Health First Aid and Question. Persuade. Refer (QPR)  Dr. Holder believes wellness is primarily determined by systemic, environmental, and cultural factors. The work ahead of us is to create a system-level transformation that will produce a culture of well-being. Wellness is not the job of one person or one office, but a collective effort.  Together we will create an environment where our members do not have to sacrifice their well-being to serve others. 


The mission of the chief wellness officer is to promote wellness as a core competency for students, faculty, and staff in the Division of Biology and Medicine.  The chief wellness officer serves in an advisory and supportive role to the Division by offering timely and progressive interventions to improve well-being by impacting local culture, systems, policies, and environment.


Create an institutional culture in which our community members do not have to sacrifice their own well-being to serve others.


The chief wellness officer’s work will be guided by the belief and commitment to: compassion, diversity and inclusion, social justice, integrity, and respect.