Department of Psychology

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Ronald Holden

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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

Ducasse, D., Holden, R. R., Boyer, L., Artero, S., Guillaume, S., Courtet, P., & Olie, E. (in press). Psychological pain in suicidal behavior: A meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

Gilron, I., Tu, D., Holden, R. R., Jackson, A. C., Ghasemlou, N., Duggan, S., Vandenkerkhof, E., & Milev, R. (in press). PAin Improvement with Novel Combination Analgesic REgimens: The PAIN-CARE trial. JMIR Research Protocols.

Campos, R. C., Gomes, M., Holden, R. R., Piteira, M., & Rainha, A. (2017). Does psychache mediate the relationship between general distress and suicide ideation in the general population? Death Studies, 41, 241-245.

Campos, R. C., Holden, R. R., Costa, F., Oliveira, A. R., Abreu, M., & Fresca, N. (2017). The moderating effect of gender on the relationship between coping and suicide risk in a Portuguese community sample of adults. Journal of Mental Health, 26, 66-73.

Gilron, I., Tu, D., Holden, R. R., Towheed, T., Ziegler, D., Wang; L., Milev, R. & Gray, C. (2017) Innovations in the Management of Musculoskeletal Pain with Alpha-Lipoic Acid (IMPALA Trial): Study protocol for a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial of alpha-lipoic acid for the treatment of fibromyalgia pain. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(3), e41 doi:10.2196/resprot.7198

He, D., Grant, B., Holden, R. R., & Gilron, I. (2017). Assessing “spontaneous, or rest” pain versus “evoked, or movement-related” pain in chronic neuropathic conditions: A prospective observational pilot study. PAIN Reports, e587. DOI: 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000587

Holden, R. R., & Fekken, G. C. (2017). The Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_3-1

Holden, R. R., & Fekken, G. C. (2017). The Basic Personality Inventory. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences. New York: Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_4-1

Holden, R. R., Lambert, C. E., D’Agata, M. T., & Book, A. S. (2017). Response patterns for the identification of fakers: Detecting drifting dissimulators. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 195-199.

Book, A., Holden, R. R., Hosker-Field, A., Gauthier, N., & Methot, T. (2016). The Holden Applicant Reliability Measure as a tool for detecting deception. Polygraph, 45, 125-139.

Book, A., Methot-Jones, T., Blais, J., Hosker-Field, A., Volk, A., Visser, B. A., Gauthier, N., Holden, R. R., & D’Agata, M. T. (2016). Psychopathic traits and the cheater-hawk hypothesis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260516669168

Book, A., Visser, B. A., Blais, J., Hosker-Field, A., Methot-Jones, T., Gauthier, N., Volk, A., Holden, R. R., & D’Agata, M. T. (2016). Unpacking “more evil”: What is at the core of the Dark Tetrad? Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 269-272.

Campos, R. C., & Holden, R. R. (2016). Portuguese version of the Suicidal Behaviors Questionnaire-Revised: Validation data and the establishment of a cut-score for screening purposes. European Journal of Psychological Assessment. DOI: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000385

Campos, R. C., & Holden, R. R. (2015). Testing a theory-based model of suicidality in a low risk community sample. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 74, 119-137.

Campos, R. C., Holden, R. R., Laranjeira, P., Troister, T., Oliveira, A. R., Costa, F., Abreu, M., & Fresca, N. (2016). Self-report depressive symptoms do not directly predict suicidality in nonclinical individuals: Contributions toward a more psychosocial approach to suicide risk. Death Studies, 40, 335-349.

Dargie, E., Holden R. R., & Pukall, C. F. (2016). The Vulvar Pain Assessment Questionnaire Inventory. Pain, 157, 2672-2686.

Gilron, I., Chaparro, L., Tu, D., Holden, R. R., Milev, R., Towheed, T., & DuMerton-Shore, D., & Walker, S. (2016). Combination of pregabalin with duloxetine for fibromyalgia: A randomized controlled trial. Pain, 157, 1532-1540.

Lambert, C. E., Arbuckle, S. A., & Holden, R. R. (2016). The Marlowe-Crowne Social Desirability Scale outperforms the BIDR Impression Management Scale for identifying fakers. Journal of Research in Personality, 61, 80-86.

Levinger, S., Holden, R. R., & Ben-Dor, D. H. (2016). Examining the importance of mental pain and physical dissociation and the fluid nature of suicidality in young suicide attempters. Omega: Journal of Death and Dying, 73, 159-173.

Sobrinho, A. T., Campos, R. C., & Holden, R. R. (2016). Parental rejection, personality and depression in the prediction of suicidality in a sample of non-clinical young adults. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 33, 554-570.

Campos, R. C., & Holden, R. R. (2015). Testing models relating rejection, depression, interpersonal needs and psychache to suicide risk in non-clinical individuals. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71, 994-1003.

Gilron, I., Tu, D., Holden, R. R., Jackson, A. C., & DuMerton-Shore, D. (2015). Combination of morphine with nortriptyline for neuropathic pain. Pain, 56, 1440-1448.

Helmes, E., Holden, R. R., & Ziegler, M. (2015). Response bias, malingering, and impression management. In G. J. Boyle, D. H. Saklofske, & G. Matthews (Eds.), Measures of personality and social psychological constructs (pp. 16-43). New York: Academic Press.

Holden, R. R., & Lambert, C. E. (2015). Response latencies are alive and well for identifying fakers on a self-report personality inventory: A reconsideration of van Hooft and Born (2012). Behavior Research Methods, 47, 1436-1442.

Levinger, S., Somer, E., & Holden, R. R. (2015). The importance of mental pain and physical dissociation in youth suicidality. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 16, 322-329.

Marjanovic, Z., Holden, R. R., Struthers, W., Cribbie, R., & Greenglass, E. (2015). The Inter-item Standard Deviation (ISD): An index that discriminates between conscientious and random responders. Personality and Individual Differences, 84, 79-83.

Troister, T., D’Agata, M. T., & Holden. R. R. (2015). Suicide risk screening: Comparing the Beck Depression Inventory-II, Beck Hopelessness Scale, and Psychache Scale in undergraduates. Psychological Assessment, 27, 1500-1506.