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Queen's University

Ronald Holden

 Ronald Holden


B.Sc., University of Toronto, 1976
M.A., University of Western Ontario, 1978
Ph.D., University of Western Ontario, 1982

T: 613.533.2879


352 Humphrey Hall

Psychology Department

Queen's University
Kingston, ON K7L 3N6

Research Interests

My research has three primary interests: (a) suicide; (b) strategies for constructing inventories of personality and psychopathology; and (c) methods for detecting faking on self-report inventories. Research on suicide concerns clinical and non-clinical populations and examines the roles of psychache, hopelessness, and motivations in predicting suicide ideation, attempts, and completions. In test construction, my focus is on evaluating the best methods for writing individual test items. Applications include research, clinical, counseling, employment, and forensic contexts. Investigations of faking examine the formulation of models of responding and the search for anomalies that indicate discrepancies (i.e., lies). Research deals with student, psychiatric patient, inmate, and job applicant populations.

Selected Publications

Ashbury, T., Milne, B., McVicar, J.,Holden, R. R., Phelan, R., Sudenis, T., & Van Den Kerkhof, E. G. (2014). A clinical tool to predict adverse behaviour in children at the induction of anesthesia.Canadian Journal of Anesthesia, 61, 543-550.

Levinger, S., & Holden, R. R. (2014). Reliability and validation of the Hebrew version of the Reasons for Attempting Suicide Questionnaire (RASQ-H) and its importance for mental pain. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, DOI: 10.1111/sltb.12087

Gilron, I., Tu, D., & Holden, R. R. (2013). Sensory and affective pain descriptors respond differentially to pharmacological interventions in neuropathic conditions. Clinical Journal of Pain, 29, 124-131.

Holden, R. R. (2013). Psychache as a cause of suicide. Synergy, 20 (7), 9-11.

Holden, R. R., & Bernstein, I. (2013). Internal consistency: Reports of its death are premature. Behavior Research Methods, 45, 946-949.

Troister, T., Davis, M. P., Lowndes, A., & Holden, R. R. (2013). A five-month longitudinal study of psychache and suicide ideation: Replication in general and high-risk university students. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43, 611-620.

Troister, T., & Holden, R. R. (2013). Factorial differentiation among depression, hopelessness, and psychache in statistically predicting suicidality. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. 46, 50-63.

Holden, R. R., & Book, A. S. (2012). Faking does distort self-report personality assessment. In M. Ziegler, C. MacCann, & R. D. Roberts (Eds.), New perspectives on faking in personality assessment (pp. 71-84). New York: Oxford University Press.

Holden, R. R., & Marjanovic, Z. (2012). A putatively general factor of personality (GFP) is not so general: A demonstration with the NEO PI-R. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 37-40.

Holden, R. R., Wheeler, S., & Marjanovic, Z. (2012). When does random responding distort self-report personality assessment? An example with the NEO PI-R. Personality and Individual Differences, 52, 15-20.

Patterson, A. A., & Holden, R. R. (2012). Psychache and suicide ideation among men who are homeless: A test of Shneidman’s model. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42, 147-156.

Troister, T., & Holden, R. R. (2012). A two-year prospective study of psychache and its relationship to suicidality among high-risk undergraduates. Journal of Clinical Psychology. 68, 1019-1027.

 Area of Specialty

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