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Gary Holden
Professor of Social Work
(212) 998-5940

Areas of Expertise

Knowledge dissemination, higher education outcomes assessment



Dr. Gary Holden is a professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work. He is a former faculty member in the Mount Sinai School of Medicine where he was a co-investigator on the National Inner City Asthma Study and the Minorities Risk Factors and Stroke Study. Dr. Holden was a member of the Health Summit Working Group that developed the IEEE-USA endorsed criteria for the assessment of the quality of health information on the Internet. Since coming to NYU he completed the third randomized controlled clinical trial of Starbright World, the award winning computer network for hospitalized children and a meta-analysis of the set of RCCTs that examined Starbright World.

Dr. Holden is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social Work Education and a current member of the editorial board of Social Work in Health Care. He developed and is the current editor of Information for Practice, the international news and new scholarship aggregation site for social work professionals. IP was selected as one of the 206 sites for inclusion in the Association of Research Libraries' Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication Study and as one of the sites in the UK Higher Education Academy report: How social work academics are using social media to support student learning. IP’s Twitter feed - @Info4Practice - was chosen as one of the top 60 social care tweeters for 2012 by Community Care, the UK social care/social work website.

Dr. Holden has published on a range of topics including behavioral telehealth, bibliometrics, social work education, and the Social Cognitive Theory construct self-efficacy. His research team's recent article in Research on Social Work Practice [The signature pedagogy of social work? An investigation of the evidence] was selected by The Field Educator as a 2011 Article of Note.

Dr. Holden teaches Social Work Research II at the Silver School.

He received his Master’s in Social Work in 1987 and Doctorate in Social Welfare in 1990 (with distinction for the dissertation) from Columbia University.