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George Holden

Professor of Psychology

George Holden, Ph.D., is a noted expert on parenting, discipline and family violence. He can discuss social development as it relates to parent-child relationships; the nature and consequences of parents spanking and yelling at children; causes and consequences of family violence; child-rearing and parenting; and child maltreatment.

Besides many scientific articles and chapters, Holden is author of Parenting: A Dynamic Perspective (Sage, 2010). A fellow of the American Psychological Society, he is past president of the Society for the Research in Human Development.

He has been or is on the editorial boards of Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Emotional Abuse, Journal of Family Psychology, and Parenting: Science and Practice.  He was a member of State of Texas Task Force to Address the Relationship between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect (Senate Bill #434). He is a founding steering committee member of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children ( (His twitter name is @DrNoSpank.) 

In addition, he is the President-Elect of the board of Family Compass, an organization devoted to preventing child maltreatment in the Dallas community. Dr. Holden received the Outstanding Mentor Award in 2010 from the Society for Research in Human Development and the Lightner Sams Foundation Child Advocate Prism Award in 2011 from Mental Health of Greater Dallas.


George Holden in the News

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