Kisha B. Holden, PhD, MSCR



Kisha B. Holden, PhD, MSCR is Interim Director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM). In this role, she provides executive leadership for the institute’s four divisions—Behavioral Health, Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved, Health Policy, and Sexual Health; and its two Centers-Kennedy Center for Mental Health Policy and Research and the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for Health Disparities Research. Also at MSM, Dr. Holden is an Associate Professor in both the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Department of Community Health & Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Holden earned undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees from Howard University in counseling psychology, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University in both the School of Medicine and School of Public Health.  She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree from MSM. She has completed professional development trainings from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Prior to joining MSM, Dr. Holden held positions at Georgetown University, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Urban Health Institute, Children’s National Medical Center, and Evaluation and Research Associates, Inc. 

Dr. Holden has dedicated her career to encouraging mental health and well-being among ethnically and culturally diverse families through research, programmatic initiatives, and the development of innovative strategies for informing health policies. She has placed a special emphasis on addressing the needs of underserved and underrepresented populations that are often overlooked, yet prevail in contributing to the myriad of health disparities.