Department of Psychology

Department of

Psychology

Department of

Psychology

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Ronald Holden

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Professor

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

T: 613.533.2879
E: holdenr@queensu.ca

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

Breton, S., van Vlymen, J., Xia, S., Holden, R. R., Phelan, R., Sagan, S. M., & Jaeger, M. (in press). A survey of medication preparation and administration practices among members of the Canadian Anesthesiologists’ Society. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia.

Campos, R. C., & Holden, R. R. (in press). Assessing psychache as a suicide risk variable: Data with the Portuguese version of the Psychache Scale. Death Studies.

Holden, R. R., & Fekken, G. C. (in press). Depressive disorders and suicidality. In M. Sellbom & J. Suhr (Eds.). Cambridge handbook of clinical assessment and diagnosis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Campos, R. C., Holden,. R. R., Beleizão, C., Caçador, B., & Fragata, A. S. (2018). Self-criticism, neediness, and distress in the prediction of suicide ideation: Results from cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. The Journal of Psychology, 152, 237-255.

Campos, R. C., Holden, R. R., Caçador, B., Fragata, A. S., & Beleizão, C. (2018). Self-criticism, intensity of perceived negative life events, and distress: Results from a two-wave study. Personality and Individual Differences, 124, 145-149.

Campos, R. C., Holden, R. R., & Santos, S. (2018). Exposure to suicide in the family: Suicide risk and psychache in individuals who have lost a family member by suicide. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74, 407-417.

D’Agata, M. T., & Holden, R. R. (2018). Self-concealment and perfectionistic self-presentation in the concealment of psychache and suicide ideation. Personality and Individual Differences, 125, 56-61.

Holden, R. R., Marjanovic, Z., & Troister, T. (2018). Indiscriminate responding can increase effect sizes for clinical phenomena in non-clinical populations: A cautionary note. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. DOI: 10.1177/0734282918758809

Montemarano, V., Troister, T., Lambert, C. E., & Holden, R. R. (2018). A four-year longitudinal study examining psychache and suicide ideation in elevated-risk undergraduates: A test of Shneidman’s model of suicidal behavior. Journal of Clinical Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jclp.22639

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.

Dargie, E., Holden, R. R., Pukall, C. F. (2017). The Vulvar Pain Assessment Questionnaire: Factor structure, preliminary norms, internal consistency, & test-retest reliability. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 14, 1585-1596.

Ducasse, D., Holden, R. R., Boyer, L., Artero, S., Calati, R., Guillaume, S., Courtet, P., & Olie, E. (2017). Psychological pain in suicidality: A meta-analysis. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. https://doi.org/10.4088/JCP.16r10732

Gilron, I., Tu, D., Holden, R. R., Jackson, A. C., Ghasemlou, N., Duggan, S., Vandenkerkhof, E., & Milev, R. (2017). Pain Improvement with Novel Combination Analgesic REgimens: The PAIN-CARE trial. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(6), e111  doi:10.2196/resprot.7493

Gilron, I., Tu, D., Holden, R. R., Towheed, T., Vandenkerkhof, E., & Milev, R. (2017). Combination Analgesic Development for Enhanced Clinical Efficacy (CADENCE Trial): Study protocol for a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial of an alpha-lipoic acid-pregabalin combination for the treatment of fibromyalgia pain. JMIR Research Protocols, 6(8), e154.

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. (2016). 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.

Fekken, G. C., D’Agata, M. T., & Holden, R. R. (2016). The role of psychological pain and physical dissociation for understanding suicidality. International Journal of Psychology, 51:sup 1, 125.

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.

Holden, R. R., Chen, C. L., & D’Agata, M. T. (2016). Harmonizing diverse theories of suicide by integrating Shneidman’s and Joiner’s models of suicidal behavior in understanding suicide ideation. International Journal of Psychology, 51:sup 1, 128.

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.