About Us

Eric Granholm, Ph.D.


Dr. Granholm received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991. At the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, he completed both a Clinical Psychology Internship and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology. Dr. Granholm is Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, Director of the VA Interprofessional Fellowship in Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Severe Mental Illness (VAIFP), Director and Staff Psychologist at the Center of Recovery Education (CORE), a PRRC at the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS), and Associate Chief of the Psychology Services at VASDHS. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology and a member of the Neuropsychology and Experimental Psychopathology tracts. Dr. Granholm is the Principal Investigator of the Recovery Research Center.

Research Focus 
Dr. Granholm is an active basic and clinical researcher in the areas of cognitive behavioral therapy for psychosis, neuropsychology, and psychophysiology (pupillometry) in people with schizophrenia. His primary research focus is on people with schizophrenia, with major projects examining (1) the use of Cognitive Behavioral Social Skills Training to improve functioning; (2) implementing CBSST in community mental health service centers and hospitals and assertive community treatment (ACT) teams; and (3) utilizing Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) methods in the assessment and intervention of daily real world functioning.  He has over 100 publications, has been an investigator on 16 grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Veterans Affairs, and private foundations to study CBT for psychosis and neurocognition in schizophrenia.  Dr. Granholm is active in the academic and professional communities by serving as an ad hoc review and on editorial boards of multiple peer-reviewed journals, such as Neuropsychology, Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, International Journal of Psychophysiology, and Schizophrenia Bulletin.

Clinical Focus 
As Acting Chief of the Psychology Service and Staff Psychologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, Dr. Granholm's primary clinical focus is on cognitive-behavioral and social skills training interventions and neuropsychological assessment for severely mentally ill patients. Dr. Granholm is also an active clinical supervisor and teacher of psychology interns, practicum students, psychiatry residents, and Post-Doctoral Fellows in this clinical area.


VA San Diego Healthcare System

University of California, San Diego

Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF), San Diego, California

VMRF is a private not-for-profit research corporation that is affiliated with the VA San Diego Healthcare System. It is the second largest of 82 active VA Foundations, with an annual budget of $30 million and a staff of more than 250 employees. VMRF alone accounts for more than 10% of the total research and education activities administered by all VA foundations nationwide. VMRF administered research is conducted at the VASDHS and benefits from thorough VA review and compliance processes. VMRF provides investigators with support through its administrative, human resources, contracts and grants, accounting, and budget departments. VMRF’s mission is to enhance the health of veterans of all generations through research and education. Dr. Granholm is a Project Scientist at VMRF and has served on the Board of Directors.


Jason Holden, Ph.D.

Dr. Holden is a Research Health Scientist and Project Manager at the University of California, San Diego and the Veterans Affairs San Diego Healthcare System. He received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in serious mental illness at the University of California, San Diego. He has been providing clinical services to individuals with psychosis for over twelve years, including cognitive behavioral therapy, social skills training, and other evidence-based practices. Dr. Holden was a co-investigator on four CBSST clinical trials, a CBSST therapist in these trials, and is currently a supervisor and trainer of other CBSST providers. His research focuses functional outcomes in schizophrenia and on ecological momentary assessment and interventions using mobile technology in serious mental illness.

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