Dr. Holly Horan PhD, Co-Presenter

Dr. Holly Horan

Holly Horan, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor in the Global and Rural Women’s Health Program in the Department of Obstetrics at Gynecology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s School of Medicine. She is also a birth and postpartum doula and a perinatal health advocate. Dr. Horan’s research foci include maternal stress and birth outcomes, perinatal substance use, and collaborative perinatal care with an emphasis on the inclusion and recognition of doulas as members of the maternity care team. She conducts research in the contiguous United States and Puerto Rico in collaboration with doulas, midwives, physicians, and other allied professionals. Dr. Horan previously served as the program coordinator for the Community Doula Program, a Medicaid-funded program providing doula services to priority populations in three counties in Oregon, and is the former (2021-2023) President of the Board of Directors for BirthWell Partners Community Doula Project in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Horan providers training on trauma-informed care and patient-centered care for perinatal healthcare clinicians, support professionals, and researchers.