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 Department of Community 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 this intervention.
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 services include both a monthly archival service and a Twitter feed - @Info4Practice.
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 most recent article is:
Holden, G., Barker, K., Kuppens, S. & Rosenberg, G. (2017). Self efficacy regarding social work competencies. Research on Social Work Practice, 27, 594-606. doi: 10.1177/1049731515586466
Google Scholar citation data for Dr. Holden and his publication list are available here:
Dr. Holden and his research team have conducted a substantial body of research on the Social Cognitive Theory construct self-efficacy. This series of direct and indirect replications (that began many years before the Reproducibility Project appeared in psychology) has served two overarching purposes. First, the series of studies has provided social work faculty throughout the world with an evolving set of educational outcome measures. Second, the studies have systematically documented change in students over time within the Silver School of Social Work. As can be seen in Figure 1, across two decades and studies involving over 1,900 students, the research team has consistently observed statistically significant increases in students’ self-efficacy across varying time intervals.
Dr. Holden teaches Social Work Research II at the Silver School.
He received his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Washington, then his Masters in Social Work and Doctorate in Social Welfare (with distinction for the dissertation) from Columbia University.