John Holmberg

John R Holmberg

Visiting Clinical Associate Professor

What I do

My current position is as a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor. I teach professional ethics and courses related to child and family clinical psychology. I am the interim director of the Caring for yoU and Baby [CUB] Clinic, which serves children from infancy through child age 12 years as well as parents from the perinatal period through children's elementary school years. I am also currently the lead PI on the Colorado Opioid and Substance-abuse Treatment [COST] graduate student education and training grant as well as co-pi on the Strengthening Bridges for Military and Veteran service members and their families project. My current research focuses on novel interventions that target mental health interventions for fathers to improve mental health and wellbeing for children and families but I am also part of the DU wellness collaborative working on a project related to mental health and wellness for underserved perinatal families.

Professional Biography

John Holmberg gained a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Baylor University prior to completing a clinical fellowship at the Yale University Child Study Center. John was a research faculty on several evidence-based preventive intervention programs (e.g., Nurse-Family Partnership, Fostering Healthy Futures) at the University of Colorado prior to becoming a research associate professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology. He is the director of the Caring for yoU and Baby (CUB) Clinic and focuses on clinical instruction, mentorship, and the development of research and clinical programs to address mental health issues in parents and children. Research in his lab focuses on fathers’ mental health, with particular emphasis on the perinatal period and developing novel ways to reach and engage fathers to benefit children and families.


  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Baylor University
  • PsyD, Clinical Psychology, Baylor University

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Licensed Psychologist

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association
  • Colorado Psychological Association

Media Sources

Key Projects

  • P-5 Forensic Mental Health Specialty Grant

Featured Publications

Holmberg, J. R. (2023). Fathers' Perinatal Mental Health . In International Handbook of Perinatal Mental Health Disorders. New York, NY, USA: Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group, .
Holmberg, J. R. (2022). Helping Children Grow Through Fun Dad-Child Activities: A Guide for Practitioners . Philadelphia, PA, USA: National Fatherhood Initiative.
Holmberg, J. R. (2022). Helping Your Child Grow Through Fun Activities: A Guide for Dads. Philadelphia, PA, USA: National Fatherhood Initiative.


  • University of Denver Career Champion, University of Denver