Kisha Holden, Ph.D., M.S.C.R.

Kisha Holden, Ph.D., M.S.C.R. 

Interim Director

Satcher Health Leadership Institute


Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Community Health & Preventive Medicine


Johns Hopkins University
Mental health disparities and health policy

Howard University
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology

Morehouse School of Medicine
Degree: Master of Science in Clinical Research

Howard University 
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Research Interests

Encouraging mental health and well-being among ethnically and culturally diverse families through research, programmatic initiatives, practice, and the development of innovative strategies for informing mental health policies.


Holden, K., Hernandez, N., Belton, A., Wrenn, G. (2017/in press). Resilience: Protective Factor for Depression and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder among African Americans. Health, Culture, and Society.

Wrenn, G., McGregor, B., Kasiah, F., Belton, A. and Holden, K. (2017). A Qualitative Examination of Patients and Providers’ Perceptions About Integrated Care. The Permanente Journal, 21:16-018. DOI:

Holden, K.
, Charles, L., McGregor, B. (2016). Reducing Health Disparities and Improving Health Equity in the United States and St. Lucia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1), 37; doi: 10.3390/ijerph13010037.

Holden, K., McGregor, B., Belton, A., Hopkins, J., Blanks, S., and Wrenn, G. (2016). Community Engaged Leadership to Advance Health Equity and Build Healthier Communities, Social Sciences, 5, 2; doi: 10.3390/socsci5010002.

Holden, K., Belton, A. and Hall, S. (2015). Qualitative Examination of African American Women’s Perspectives about Depression. Health, Culture, and Society, 8 (1), 48-60.

Honors and Awards

Brandeis University, C-Change Leadership & Mentoring Institute (2018)

American Psychological Association (APA), Office of Women's Programs, Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology (2016-2017)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Mid-Career Minority Faculty Development Seminar (2015)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Mid-Career Women Faculty Professional Development Fellowship (2014)

American Psychological Association (APA), Division on Women, Carolyn Payton Early Career Award (2013)

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Fellowship (2011)

American Psychological Association (APA) Early Career Minority Faculty Fellowship (2009-2010)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) African American Mental Health Research Scientist Fellowship (2008-2009)