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Faculty and Staff Profile

Sharon Holder

Research Assistant Professor


Office: Greenville Health System (GHS)
Phone: 561-318-2553
Email: holder4@clemson.edu
 

 Educational Background

PhD Gerontology
University of Southampton, Southampton, UK 2011

MSW Social Work
University of Houston, TX 1993

MSc Gerontology
King’s College, UK 2004

BS Social Sciences
University of Houston, TX 1991

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Research Methods (PGY 1-3)

 Profile

Dr. Holder is jointly appointed at the Department of Public Health Sciences and Institute on Family & Neighborhood Life, as a Research Assistant Professor, and is an Embedded Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Greenville Health System (GHS). As a social gerontologist and medical researcher, Dr. Holder has specific training and strong interest in aging, behavioral health and mental health disparities. Much of her research has focused on health disparities and behavioral health with an emphasis on the Emergency Department.

 

Prior to obtaining her doctorate, she had vast experience working as a Clinical Social Worker in Mental Health settings and at University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston, School of Nursing-Center on Aging as the Director for an innovative aging program. For the last twelve years her focus has been in health disparities and behavioral health research with an increased interest in mental health stigma. During her doctoral studies, she examined different behavioral health risk factors including alcohol consumption among older people; the findings were published in 2012.

 

Dr. Holder has initiated and developed innovative community projects, obtained numerous foundation grants, and recently received Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award. As the Embedded Research Scientist at GHS Department of Psychiatry, working collaboratively with Clemson University faculty, she simultaneously contributes to the Department, the community, and scholars in the field of mental health, medicine and research. Dr. Holder founded and chaired the Annual Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health, the annual Upstate Mental Health Showcase, contributed to curriculum development for the psychiatry residency program, facilitated collaborative research projects within the hospital system and with other healthcare institutions and community organizations in the southeast.

 

Thus, Dr. Holder’s scholarly writing and investigations reflect her genuine interest and curiosity in the underserved, vulnerable, and marginalized populations.

 Research Interests

Mental Health Disparities among Underserved, Vulnerable, and Marginalized Population
Mental Health Disparities, Ethnicity and Aging
Mental Health Stigma
Cultural Barriers to Health Care
Global Mental Health and Aging
Public Policy in Mental Health and Aging Research

 Research Publications

Holder, S., Warren, C, Ochonma, C. (2017). Utilization and Demographic Trends of a Southeast Emergency Department: Psychiatric Visits by the Adult Population over a 5 Year Period. Annals of Psychiatry and Mental Health 5(4): 1106.

Holder, S., Rogers, K., Peterson, E., Ochonma, C. (2017). Mental Health Visits: Examining Sociodemographic and Diagnosis Trends in the Emergency Department by the Pediatric Population. Child Psychiatry & Human Development doi: 10.1007/s10578-017-0719-y. [Epub ahead of print]

Holder, S., Warren, C., Rogers, K., Griffeth, B., Peterson, E., Blackhurst, D., Ochonma, C. (2017). Involuntary Processes: Knowledge Base of Health Care Professionals in a Tertiary Medical Center in Upstate South Carolina. Community Mental Health doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0115-x. [Epub ahead of print].

Holder, S., Rogers, K., Peterson, E., Shoenleben, R. & Blackhurst, D. (2017). The Impact of Mental Health Services in a Pediatric Emergency Department: The Implications of having Trained Psychiatric Professionals. Paediatric Emergency Care 33 (5):311-314

Holder, S., Blackhurst, D. Peterson, E., Rogers, K. Ochonma, C. (2016). Mental Health Visits: Examining Sociodemographic and Diagnosis Trends in the Emergency Department Usage by the Pediatric Population. JAACAP, 55 (10):Suppl. S115.

Holder, S., Rogers, K., Ellison-Daigneault, R., Smith, L., Shoenleben, R., & Jones, A. (2015). Promoting Well-being and Resilience in Employing a Relationship Centered Approach: The Case Study of An Adolescent Boy in a Children’s Residential Treatment Program. Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 5(1):31-39.

Holder, S. (2008). ‘Health Inequalities amongst Older People from Ethnic Minority Groups in Britain’. Generation Review, 18(3.

Holder, S. (2012). Health, Ethnicity and Ageing: The Role of Socioeconomic Status. An analysis of the different socio-economic status measures in assessing health among ethnic elders in Britain.
Lambert Academic Publishing, Cologne, Germany. Available at: http://www.amazon.com/Health-Ethnicity-Ageing-Socio-economic-socio-economic/dp/3848444674/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=book

 Honors and Awards

2016: GHS Department of Psychiatry & Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health Excellence in Service Award

2010: World Health Organization (WHO) Awarded Fellowship to the First Global Symposium on Health Systems Research,Montreux, Switzerland

2010: GlaxoSmithKline Educational Award for Health Studies, UK

2009: The Hertie School of Governance: Awarded Fellowship to attend the International Meeting on Reducing Health Inequalities. Berlin, Germany

2009: LASS Graduate School Conference and Training Award. International World Congress on Gerontology and Geriatrics Scientific Meeting, Paris, France

2008: Sir Richard Stapley Educational Trust Competitive Award, UK



 Links

Utilization and Demographic Trends of a Southeast Emergency Department: Psychiatric Visits by the Adult Population over a 5 Year Period.
Mental Health Visits: Examining Sociodemographic and Diagnosis Trends in the Emergency Department by the Pediatric Population.
Involuntary Processes: Knowledge Base of Health Care Professionals in a Tertiary Medical Center in Upstate South Carolina
The Impact of Mental Health Services in a Pediatric Emergency Department: The Implications of having Trained Psychiatric Professionals.
Mental Health Visits: Examining Sociodemographic and Diagnosis Trends in the Emergency Department Usage by the Pediatric Population