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E. Wayne Holden

President, RTI International

E. Wayne Holden, PhD, became RTI International's fourth president in 2012. Dr. Holden is a distinguished researcher and clinical psychologist with more than 27 years of professional experience. He joined RTI as executive vice president of Social and Statistical Sciences in 2005, overseeing the organization's largest unit. Prior to joining RTI, he served as vice president, senior vice president and ultimately president of the research company ORC Macro. Before joining ORC Macro in 1998, he had a successful career in academia serving more than 10 years in a variety of roles in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, including as director of pediatric psychology and as a tenured associate professor. Since 2006, he has held an appointment as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Holden is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has authored more than 130 articles, books, or book chapters on various topics in clinical child/pediatric psychology and health services research. He currently serves on the board of directors for Ziptronix and on the board of advisors for the Emily Krzyzewksi Center and the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Dr. Holden is also an elected trustee of the Triangle University Center for Advanced Studies, Inc.


PhD, Clinical/Community Psychology, University of South Carolina at Columbia; BS, Psychology (magna cum laude), University of South Carolina at Spartanburg.

Latest Publications

Rubel, S.K., Miller, J.W., Stephens, R.L., Xu, Y., Scholl, L.E., Holden, E.W., et al. (2010). Testing the effects of a decision aid for prostate cancer screening. Journal of Health Communication, 15 (3):307-321.
Downing , J., Williams, J., & Holden, E.W. (2009). Evaluating the effectiveness of a reading remediation program in a public school setting. Journal of Applied School Psychology , 25 (3):270-285.
Stephens, R.L., Xu, Y., Volk, R.J., Scholl, L.E., Kamin, S.L., Holden, E.W., et al. (2008). Influence of a Patient Decision Aid on Decisional Conflict Related to PSA Testing: A Structural Equation Model. Health Psychology, 27 (6):711-721.
Farmer, E.M.Z., Mustillo, S., Burns, B.J., & Holden, E.W. (2008). Use and predictors of out-of-home placements within systems of care. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 16 (1):5-14.
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