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E. Wayne Holden

President, RTI International

E. Wayne Holden, PhD, is RTI International’s fourth president and chief executive officer. 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. Dr. Holden holds appointments as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine and as an adjunct professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global 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 the Research Triangle Foundation and the Emily Krzyzewski Center. He is also on the Board of Advisors for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and is a member of the Children’s Mental Health Network Advisory Council.


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