Director of Duke PPDP, LEAD, and EAP Programs

Dr. Judith C. Holder

Judith HolderDr. Judith Holder’s 30-plus years of experience in the human service, corporate, nonprofit, and health care sectors as a consultant, executive leadership, and life coach, trainer, workshop facilitator, administrator, and psychologist has positioned her well to empower individuals, teams and organizations. She has a diverse background in change management, leadership development, communication intelligence dynamics, and the competing stressors confronting health care, corporate and nonprofit cultures, and workforces.

Judith’s passion is to empower leaders, managers, front-line supervisors, teams, and organizations to maximize their potential. She uses her rich behavioral health background of clinical and social skills to collaborate with leaders and managers in the development of the people skills needed to lead effectively and understand the psychosocial factors impacting employee and team sub-optimal performance and well-being.

Some of Judith’s niche areas of expertise include self-awareness, communication, emotional intelligence competencies, onboarding processes, team dynamics, diversity, health care, corporate, nonprofit cultures, personal impact and stress resilience, conflict management, work-life balance and self-care, interpersonal effectiveness, public image, critical incident debriefings and life transitions. Dr. Holder truly believes that if new and seasoned leaders are aware of their impact on others, and strive to improve their interpersonal and execution skills, the results are positive gains for the organization and the people they lead. In addition, Dr. Holder works with professionals who are in transition, such as career, pre-retirement contemplation, as well as anticipated and unexpected lifestyle changes.

Dr. Judith Holder is a director and psychologist at the Duke Professional and Personal Development Program (Duke PPDP) and Duke Employee Assistance Program (Duke EAP) in Durham, North Carolina. Judith has been an assistant professor with joint faculty appointments in the departments of Psychiatry/Behavioral Sciences and Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center since 1995. She provides interactive lectures on leadership-enrichment topics, personal and professional development, personal risk and resilience, conflict and energy/time management, effective communication, emotional intelligence in team and interdisciplinary team dynamics for the Duke School of Medicine Master of Sciences Program in Clinical Leadership, Duke Johnson and Johnson Nursing Leadership Program, Duke Urology K-12 Scholars Program, Duke Global Health Institute, and in the Duke Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency Program. She is an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC) Public Health Nursing Program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Holder is the co-chair of the North Carolina Psychological Association’s Colleague Assistance Committee and a member of the national Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance (ACCA).

Dr. Holder provides employee assistance services to employee workforces on a fee-for-service basis (i.e., small-size companies in the local area). Employers (for-profit and non-profit) contract with Dr. Holder to provide short-term counseling (i.e., assessment, time-limited sessions and referral as needed), managerial consultation, workshops, and critical incident debriefings for their employee workforce. As a solution-focused therapist, Judith works with clients on a wide-range of concerns to explore and support each in moving forward in their goals. The number of authorized sessions is determined in advance by the employer.

Through the Duke Professional and Personal Development Program, Dr. Holder has provided executive leadership, performance, interpersonal, communication and life coaching, consultation, trainings and facilitation/workshops to executives and healthcare leaders, mid-level managers, front-line supervisors and employees from diverse backgrounds and organizations such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield, GlaxoSmithKline, Rex Hospital, Resolute Paper Company, UNC@MBA, UNC School of Medicine, Habitat for Humanity, City of Durham, IBM Global Well-Being, North Carolina Automobile Workers Inc., University of Pennsylvania’s African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network, California Medical Association, Western Health Care Leadership Academy, Temple Beth Or, Triangle Day School, American Association of Gifted Children Board, Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Duke Diet and Fitness Center, Duke School of Nursing/Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program, and Duke University Medical Center (e.g., departments of Medicine (Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Surgery, Neurology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Radiology, Urology, Anesthesiology, Community & Family Medicine, and Emergency). Dr. Holder enjoys humor and exhibits a holistic, straightforward approach to her coaching and consulting engagements.

Many professionals and executives work in team environments where it is critical for the leader to have an awareness of each member’s talents, styles and barriers to success. It is also imperative in today’s work environments to have strategic alliances that support the business goals. Dr. Holder focuses her coaching and consulting in the arenas most helpful to the leader, which may involve building leader strengths, supporting leaders in developing their direct reports, creating strategic alliances, and honing interpersonal skills.

Judith received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in stress management from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a master of science degree in Systems Dynamics (Marriage and Family Therapy and Community Development-Prevention) from the University of Maryland-College Park. As a former American Psychological Association (APA) and National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) fellow, Judith is one of the few psychologists clinically trained as an Occupational Health Psychologist in the United States. Judith has specialized training in personal, professional, executive, leadership, and business coaching from the UNC Charlotte Business Coaching Program™, MentorCoach™, CoachU™, Masterful Coaching™, Physician Leadership Institute™ Advanced Certificate Program, and NueroLeadership Brain-Based Program. She designed the Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) coaching and consulting programs’ services and packages for physicians, business, and health care professionals, and formed the LEAD Premier Coach Network, who partner with Judith to provide coaching and consulting services. Dr. Holder is a Board Certified Coach (BCC). She is perceptive to her healthcare, corporate, and nonprofit clients’ needs and collaborative in working with them to achieve optimal results in her coaching and consulting engagements.