Janice Miner Holden, EdD, LPC-S, NCC, ACMHP

Professor Emerita of Counseling, University of North Texas

Prof Janice Miner Holden served 31 years as a member of the University of North Texas (UNT) Counselling Program faculty—12 of those years as chair of the Department of Counselling & Higher Education. In 2019 she retired as professor emerita of Counselling. Dr. Holden’s primary research focus has been counselling implications of near-death experiences, after-death communication, and other transpersonal experiences—those that transcend the usual personal limits of space, time, and identity. In this research area she has over 50 refereed journal publications and over 100 national and international presentations. She served as lead editor of the 2009 Handbook of Near-Death Experiences: Thirty Years of Investigation, and she co-edited the Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counselling’s (ASERVIC’s) 2017 Connecting Soul, Spirit, Mind, and Body: A Collection of Spiritual and Religious Perspectives and Practices in Counselling. Among her professional service was three years as President of the International Association for Near-Death Studies, and since 2008 she has served as editor-in-chief of that association’s scholarly Journal of Near-Death Studies. For her outstanding and sustained contributions to scholarly-creative activity, teaching, and service, Jan received the UNT Foundation’s 2019 Eminent Faculty Award. In her retirement Jan is continuing in her role as Journal editor, adjunct teaching graduate counselling courses, and pursuing various scholarly activities.