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Debra J. Holden

Senior Director, Community and Health Education Research

Debra Holden, PhD, a community health psychologist, has more than 22 years of experience working in a variety of settings to implement and evaluate health programs, including those at the national, state, and local levels. She has significant research experience, particularly with all types of evaluation research, consulting, teaching, and advising. Key areas of expertise include community- and health-related evaluation planning and research, survey design and development, qualitative and quantitative research methods, application of health behavior theory to practice, community-based intervention design, and implementation and institutionalization of programs. She has extensive experience in a variety of techniques to work with expert groups to facilitate group decision making of complex and important issues. Content areas of expertise include cancer control, tobacco prevention and control, and chronic disease prevention.

Education

PhD, Community Psychology, North Carolina State University; MS, Community Psychology, North Carolina State University; BA, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Latest Publications

Improving Quality of Cancer Care at Community Hospitals: Impact of the National Cancer Institute Community Cancer Centers Program Pilot — J Oncol Pract
Halpern, M.T., Spain, P., Holden, D.J., Stewart, A., McNamara, E.J., Gay, G., et al. (Nov 2013)
Disparities in timeliness of care for U.S. Medicare patients diagnosed with cancer — Curr Oncol
Halpern, M.T., & Holden, D.J. (Dec 2012)
Cancer plan index: A measure for assessing the quality of cancer plans — Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
Rochester, P., Adams, E., Porterfield, D.S., Holden, D., McAleer, K., & Steele, C.B. (Nov 2011)
Piloting Performance Measurement for Comprehensive Cancer Control Programs — Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
Rochester, P., Porterfield, D.S., Richardson, L.C., McAleer, K., Adams, E., & Holden, D. (May 2011)
The public’s response to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s 2009 recommendations on mammography screening — American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Squiers, L.B., Holden, D.J., Dolina , S.E., Kim, A.E., Bann, C.M., & Renaud, J.M. (May 2011)
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