E-mail: tnh2101@columbia.edu

Trélan Nicole Holder is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, Adolescent AIDS Program.  She attained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Clark University, her Master of Science Degree in Social Work from Columbia University, and a Certificate in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Cardozo Law School. Ms. Holder is also certified in Hospice and Palliative Care Social Work. She is a member of the NY/ NJ AIDS Education and Training Center Faculty of Trainers—Conduct HIV Educational Workshops to teach professionals in allied fields on such topics as: Social Work Practice and Adolescent Health; Adolescent Development, Living with Comorbid HIV Infection and Mental Illness; Adjustment to Illness. She has provided clinical and concrete supportive services to youth in the Bronx Community, many of who are living with HIV infection in the face of social stigma—often exacerbated by poverty and social inequality. Ms. Holder’s postgraduate work in adolescent HIV/ AIDS largely focuses on crisis intervention, ameliorating adjustment to illness, cultivating clinical relationships and forging mutual transactions between clients and their social environments. She regards her professional work with young adults as “a privilege to share in their personal stories of strength through adversity, perseverance and success. These young adults are truly a testament to the human condition demonstrated by their capacities to cope, adapt, and prove resilience under the most profound psychosocial stressors.”

Ms. Holder’s commitment to public health spans across to the international plight of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. She was selected to study as a Visiting Social Work Scholar at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a collaborative with the New York University Steinhardt Graduate School of Education. There, she examined the changes that are occurring in reproductive health policy and service delivery in South Africa within the context of broader health service transformation in the country.

Prior to completing her graduate education, Ms. Holder served as a Child Protective Specialist at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS).  There, she was charged with the responsibility of conducting field investigations to assess reports of alleged child abuse and neglect. The multidisciplinary nature of her work in child welfare services required collaboration with mental/medical health professionals and various legal, law enforcement, and social welfare systems. Ms. Holder teaches the Human Behavior and Social Environment course at Columbia University School of Social Work; and Ways of Knowing: Early Development at Hunter College School of Social Work.