Holly Hinderlie, Ph.D. has been appointed Wellness Coordinator at Choate Rosemary Hall. In this newly created position, Dr. Hinderlie will be responsible for overseeing Choate's sexual misconduct prevention and response efforts, including education and awareness efforts as well as compliance with School policy and federal and state laws. The Wellness Coordinator also serves as a part-time member of Choate's Counseling Team.
Last October, in a letter to the Choate community, Head of School Alex Curtis and Board Chairman Michael J. Carr '76 announced that the School had engaged RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), a nationally recognized team of experts, to review Choate's policies and procedures regarding sexual or other misconduct from both a clinical and legal perspective, and to make further recommendations to build upon the responsive policies for survivor support already in place at Choate. Since the completion of the policy review, Choate has implemented RAINN's recommendations, including the development of a Sexual Misconduct Policy and the creation of the Wellness Coordinator position. (Please visit http://www.choate.edu/community-wellness-resources to read more).
Dr. Hinderlie comes to Choate from Maret School, a K-12 independent day school in Washington, D.C., where she has served for the past 12 years as Director of Counseling. A licensed psychologist, she holds a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from Tufts University, a master's degree in counseling psychology from Lesley College, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Boston College. She was a postdoctoral psychology fellow at M.I.T. Health Services department, and an appointed faculty member at Harvard University, Department of Psychiatry, from 2000 to 2002.
Says Associate Head of School Kathleen Wallace, "In addition to her work as a counselor and senior administrator at Maret, Holly is knowledgeable about social emotional learning, boundary issues, wellness, mindfulness, and equity and inclusion work, and each of her areas of expertise informs the others. We are incredibly fortunate to have someone as talented, knowledgeable, and caring as she is to serve as our first Wellness Coordinator." Notes Dr. Hinderlie, "As an independent school educator, I am excited to be part of the implementation plan set forth by Choate's leadership in the area of student wellness, particularly prevention education and awareness. I look forward to playing a part in the School's efforts to promote a healthy community and campus culture, and a safe environment for our students."
Dr. Hinderlie lives on campus with her husband, Keith, Choate's Director of Equity and Inclusion, son Jaden, and daughter, Kayla, a sophomore in college.