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Holly Weldon

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Holly grew up in Rochester, New York and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Rochester. During this time, Holly worked with children and families in both schools and research settings. As a result of these experiences, her passion for improving the lives of children and families grew, and she went on to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology, with a concentration in developmental psychopathology, at the University of Vermont. In her research, Holly focuses on understanding how family members, and family relationships, are linked to mental health. She is also interested in understanding how holistic interventions can improve family life. In the clinic, Holly works with children, adolescents and parents. She is practiced at working with refugees and using an interpreter for therapy. When she is not at work, Holly enjoys riding her bike, cooking, playing cards and gardening.


  • Master’s Equivalent, Psychology, University of Vermont
  • BA, Psychology, University of Rochester

Recent Presentations

  • Weldon, H., Fondacaro, K. (2020, April). Refugee parent status and mental health outcomes. Symposium presentation at the University of Vermont Student Research Conference, Burlington, VT.
  • Weldon, H. (2019, September). Demographic characteristics of new American clients presenting to a community mental health clinic. Symposium at the Annual Conference of the New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT), Burlington, V.T.
  • Weldon, H. & Gray, B. (2019, September). Multidisciplinary assessment profile (MAP): A holistic, culturally responsive assessment of refugees and torture survivors. Symposium at the Annual Conference of the New England Survivors of Torture and Trauma (NESTT), Burlington, V.T.
  • Weldon, H. & Schermerhorn, A. (2019, March). Predicting children’s reactions to interparental conflict: Coder-rated conflict characteristics versus children’s perceptions of conflict. Chair of and presenter at symposium conducted at the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Baltimore, MD.
  • Martin, C. & Weldon, H. (2019, September). Assessment and treatment of tic disorders in pediatric care. Training Conducted at Essex Pediatrics, Essex, VT.
  • Weldon, H. & Holbrook, H. (2019, August). Understanding Trauma and Implementing Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in a School Setting. Training Conducted at Two Roads Academy, Williston, VT.
  • Fondacaro, K. & Weldon, H. (2019, February). Trauma-informed physical service: TIPS for physical therapists working with refugees and torture survivors. Training Conducted at Dee Physical Therapy, South Burlington, VT.


  • Fondacaro, K.M., Weith, J.W., Weldon, H.T. (under review). Cultural barriers to obtaining mental health services: The unique impact of COVID-19 on refugees.
  • Fondacaro, K., Mazulla, E., & Weldon, H.T. (under review). A culturally responsive treatment for survivors of torture and trauma.
  • Weldon, H. T., Schermerhorn, A. C., & Stickle, T. R. (2019). Children’s affective and arousal responses to live interparental conflict: Links with appraisals. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(5), 607.
  • Schermerhorn, A. C., Hudson, K., Weldon, H., Woolfolk, H. C., & Stickle, T. R. (2019). Positivity and negativity in interparental conflict: Links with children’s evaluations and appraisals. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 28(7), 1914–1925. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01416-6