Holly Hills, PhD
Joint Associate Professor
Office: MHC 2717
Voice Mail: 813-974-1923
Education and History
Came to USF
of Michigan, 1984
MS University of Florida, 1986
PhD University of Florida, 1989
Fellowship in Clinical Psychology, Yale University, 1989
Mental Health & Juvenile Justice
Substance Use Disorder
Family Drug Court
Adolescents with Co-occurring Disorder
Trauma Informed Care / PTSD
Evaluation and Assessment
Chair of the Department of Mental
Health Law and Policy in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Licensed Clinical Psychologist (Florida License PY0004393)
Holly Hills, Ph.D, is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Mental Health Law and Policy at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences at USF. In addition to her teaching and research duties at USF, she does training and consulting with service providers and systems focused on improving care for persons with serious mental illness and addictive disorders. Dr. Hills is a licensed clinical psychologist having received her Ph.D. in clinical and health psychology from the University of Florida. She currently serves as the President of the Board of Trustees for a large substance abuse treatment agency (DACCO) in Tampa, Florida.
Dr. Hills has been a principal investigator or collaborator on work funded by SAMHSA, NIDA, ACHA, the MacArthur Foundation, and from other state and local sources. Her work has involved conducted both process and outcome evaluations on topics covering the adoption of innovation in community-based service settings, issues related to trauma experience, and service integration for persons with co-occurring disorders in adolescent and adult populations. She has evaluated the cost benefits of retention in substance abuse treatment as it relates to access and service utilization in the physical health care system, the identification of substance use risk in pregnant women, and paths to and access to care in opioid dependent populations. A significant proportion of her work has focused on the interface between the justice and community-based behavioral health care systems.
Over the past twenty years, Dr. Hills has had the opportunity to work with communities and jurisdictions throughout the country to assist them in improving care for adolescent and adult populations who have mental health and substance use disorders. She has worked as a senior consultant with the National GAINS Center, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ), the TAPA Center, and the National Drug Court Training Institute. She has worked with multidisciplinary groups across the justice system continuum to develop and refine policies and procedures, identify and adopt evidence-based practices, and develop and implement workforce training initiatives with the goal of improving access to and delivery of care to the populations they serve. Dr. Hills has been involved in numerous efforts across the country assisting programs in improving services to persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Her involvement in professional training has included the development of web-based training for behavioral health professionals, development and delivery of training focused on issues of trauma in women in criminal justice settings, service integration in community and justice settings for persons with co-occurring disorders, adolescents with mental health and substance use disorders in the juvenile justice system, and identification and service integration improvements for drug court populations.