RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Wayne Holden, Ph.D., president and CEO of RTI International, has been named Triangle Global Health Champion by the Triangle Global Health Consortium. He will be honored at the Triangle Global Health Consortium's inaugural Global Health Award Celebration in Chapel Hill, N.C., Feb. 12.
The award recognizes Holden's dedication to improving the human condition through his work, which has significantly impacted public health both in North Carolina and globally. In addition, the award honors Holden for being a key player in planning and launching the Triangle Global Health Consortium by seeing the opportunity to harness the global health capability in the region.
"It is hard to imagine a more worthy recipient of our inaugural Triangle Global Health Champion Award," said Claire Neal, executive director of the Triangle Global Health Consortium. "Dr. Holden's leadership has been critical to advancing global health, both here in North Carolina and around the world, and the Triangle Global Health Consortium is proud to honor him for his many contributions to improving the health of the world's communities."
As a non-profit member organization focused on improving the health of the world's communities, the Triangle Global Health Consortium represents institutions and individuals from the international health development community, the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, and academia.
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 and was named president and CEO of the institute in 2012.
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. Holden is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and has authored more than 130 articles on various topics in clinical child psychology and health services research.
Holden holds a doctorate in clinical/community psychology from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor's of science degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina Upstate. He also completed graduate training in the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.