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E. Wayne Holden

President, RTI International

E. Wayne Holden, PhD, became RTI International’s fourth president and chief executive officer in 2012. Dr. Holden is a distinguished researcher and clinical psychologist with more than 30 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. He holds appointments as an adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and in the department of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health. Dr. Holden is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has authored more than 130 articles, books, and book chapters on various topics in clinical child/pediatric psychology and health services research. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for United Way of the Greater Triangle, the Research Triangle Foundation, the CEO Roundtable on Cancer and Ziptronix Corporation.  He is also on the Board of Directors for the Emily Krzyzewski Center and the Board of Advisors for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.


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

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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  • Community-Based Research
  • Childhood Illness and Family Function
  • Childhood and Adolescent Mental Health
  • Health Services Research