E. Wayne Holden, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


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 140 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.

Research Activities

  • Community-based research
  • Childhood illness and family function
  • Childhood and adolescent mental health
  • Health services research


  • BS, Psychology, University of South Carolina at Spartanburg, 1979
  • PhD, Clinical/Community Psychology, University of South Carolina, 1985