SMU Faculty Experts

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, 2nd ed. (Sage, 2015). His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. State Department, and several private foundations. A fellow of the American Psychological Society, he is past president of the Society for the Research in Human Development and is also a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and the International Society on the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN).

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 the State of Texas Task Force to Address the Relationship between Domestic Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect (Senate Bill #434). He is also currently on the American Psychological Association’s task force on corporal punishment. He is a founding steering committee member and current president of the U.S. Alliance to End the Hitting of Children ( (His twitter name is @DrNoSpank.) 

In addition, he is the president 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, the Lightner Sams Foundation Child Advocate Prism Award in 2011 from Mental Health of Greater Dallas and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Center on the Human Rights of Children, Loyola University, Chicago in 2014.

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