Julie Holland, M.D.

(212) 358-5808    jholland@inch.com

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.      

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 countless magazine, newspaper and website articles (Harper's, Slate, SF Chronicle, LA Times, Wall Street Journal) and has published in the journal Lancet about the putative neurotoxic effects of MDMA.  She has also written two articles for the quarterly journal of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, a consortium of international hallucinogen researchers.  The first detailed a survey of ecstasy and other drugs used at New York City raves, and the second reviewed an international conference on psychedelic research held in the Netherlands.

Dr. Holland has appeared on numerous television shows, including:


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)



Dr. Holland has had a private psychiatry practice in Manhattan since 1996.





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


Hospital Affiliations

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

Research Experience

 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

Memberships/ Affiliations

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Mental Health Professionals Harm Reduction Group                     

Lindesmith Drug Policy Seminar Series 

Special Consultant, Heffter Research Institute 


Holland, Julie MD  Editor, Ecstasy: The Complete Guide. A Comprehensive Look at the Risks and Benefits of MDMA. Park Street Press, 2001.

Holland, Julie; "Positron Emission Tomography Findings in Heavy Users of MDMA"  Lancet, 1999, Vol 353(9152)  p772.

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.