Ohio University

Kenneth A. Holroyd

Dr. Kenneth A. Holroyd, portrait
Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Porter Hall 225


Ph.D. (1975) University of Miami (Florida)


Research Areas

  • Health Psychology


  • Health

Dr. Holroyd is not accepting new graduate students.

Research Interests

Research interests include pain and headache management, assessment of the effectiveness of drug and psychological treatments, innovative methods of delivery of psychological services.


Seng E K, Holroyd KA (2012) Psychiatric comorbidity and response to preventative therapy in the Treatment of Severe Migraine trial. Cephalalgia,40, 235-247

Silberstein S, Dodick D, Lindblad, A , Holroyd, K, Harrington, M, Mathew, N, Hirtz, D (2012) Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of propranolol added to topiramate in chronic migraine. Neurology,78, 976-984

Zhu Q., Liu C., Holroyd K.A. & Seng E.K. (2012). Status and trends of mobile-health applications for iOS devices: a developer’s perspective. Journal of Systems and Software.

Holroyd K, Cottrell C, O'Donnell F, Cordingley G, Carson B, Himiwan L. (2010) Effect of Preventive (B blocker) Treatment, Behavioral Migraine Management or Their Combination on Outcomes of Optimized Acute Therapy in Frequent Migraine: randomized Trial. British Medical Journal (341:c4871):1-12.

Holroyd KA, Bendtsen L. (2010) Tricyclic antidepressants for migraine and tension-type headaches. British Medical Journal; 341:c5250. (editorial)

Pinkerman B, Holroyd K. (2010) Menstrual and nonmenstrual migraines differ in women with menstrually-related migraine. Cephalalgia 2010;30(10):1187-1194.

Bendtsen L, Bigal ME, Cerbo R, Diener HC, Holroyd K, Lampl C, Mitsikostas DD, Steiner TJ, Tfelt-Hansen P. (2010) Guidelines for controlled trials of drugs in tension-type headache: second edition. Cephalalgia;30(1):1-16.

Seng EK, Holroyd KA.(2010) Dynamics of changes in self-efficacy and locus of control expectancies in the behavioral and drug treatment of severe migraine. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 2010;40(3):235-247.

Holroyd K, Labus J, Carlson B. Moderation and mediation in the psychological and drug treatment of chronic tension-type headache: the role of disorder severity and psychiatric comorbidity. Pain. 2009, 143:213-222.

Holroyd K, Drew J, Cottrell C, Romanek K, Heh V. Impaired functioning and quality of life in severe migraine: the role of catastrophizing and associated symptoms. Cephalalgia. 2007;27:1156-1165.

Holroyd K, Penzien D, Rains J, et al. Behavioral management of headaches. In: Silberstein S, Lipton R and Dodick D, (eds.). Wolff's headache and other head pain. 8th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2008, p. 721-46.

Cottrell, C., Drew, J., Gibson, J., Holroyd, K., O’Donnell, F. (2007). Feasibility Assessment of Telephone-Administered Behavioral Treatment for Adolescent Migraine. Headache.

Holroyd, K. A. (2007). Disentangling the Gordion Knot of Migraine Comorbidity. Headache, 876-877. Editorial Comment.

Holroyd, K. (2007). Psychological Therapy, Ch. 31 in Jensen, R., Diener, H. C., and Olesen, J. (Eds). Headache Clinics: Organization, patients and treatment, 15, 199-206, New York, Oxford Univeristy Press.

Janke, E. A. and Holroyd, K. A. (2007). Pericranial muscle tenderness is associated with widespread pain sensitivity, psychiatric comorbidity, and dysfunctional psychological responses to pain in healthy young adult females. Ch. 18 in Jensen, R., Diener, H. C., and Olesen, J. (Eds). Headache Clinics: Organization, patients and treatment, 15, 108-113, New York, Oxford Univeristy Press.

Romanek, K. M., Foster, K. E., Carson, K. and Holroyd, K. A. (2007). Frequent tension-type headache sufferers exhibit widespread pain sensitivity across pressure and thermal pain modalities. Ch. 27 in Jensen, R., Diener, H. C., and Olesen, J. (Eds). Headache Clinics: Organization, patients and treatment, 15, 167-171, New York, Oxford Univeristy Press.

Creer, T. L. & Holroyd, K. A. (2006). Self Management of Chronic Illness Conditions: The Legacy of Sir William Osler. Chronic Illness, 2, 7-14.

Holroyd, K. A., & Drew, J. B. (2006). Behavioral approaches to the treatment of migraine. Seminars in Neurology, 26(2), 199-207.

Penzien, D. B., Andrasik, F., Freidenberg, B. M., Houle, T. T., Lake, A. E., Lipchik, G. L., Holroyd, K. A., Lipton, R. B., McCrory, D. C., Nash, J. M., Nicholson, R. A., Powers, S. W., Rains, J. C., & Wittrock, D. A. (2005). Guidelines for trials of behavioral treatments for recurrent headache, first edition: American Headache Society behavioral clinical trials workgroup. Headache, 45(Suppl 2), S110-S132.

Holroyd, K. A., Powers, S. W., & Andrasik, F. (2005). Methodological Issues in Clinical Trials of Drug and Behavior Therapies. Headache, 45, 487-492.

Holroyd, K. A.(2004). Behavioral and psychologic aspects of the pathophysiology and management of tension-type headache. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 6, 401-407.

Holroyd, K. A. (2004). Recurrent headache disorders. In: R. H. Dworkin & W. S. Breitbart (eds.), Psychosocial Aspects of Pain: Handbook for Health Care Providers. Seattle: IASP Press, 379-403.

Janke, E. A., Holroyd, K. A., Romanek, K. (2004). Depression increases onset of tension-type headache following laboratory stress. Pain, 111, 230-238.

Holroyd, K. A. (2003). Management of migraine and tension-type headaches. In: J. A. Trafton & W. P. Gordon (eds.), Best Practices in the Behavioral Management of Chronic Disease. Los Altos: Institute for Disease Management, 1-43.

Holroyd, K. A., Labus, J. S., O’Donnell, F. J., & Cordingley, G. E. (2003). Treating Chronic Tension-type Headache Not Responding to Amytriptyline Hydrochloride With Paroxetine Hydrochloride: A Pilot Evaluation. Headache, 43, 999-1004.

Tkachuk, G. A., Cottrell, K. C., Gibson, J. S., O’Donnell, J. F., & Holroyd, K. A. (2003). Factors associated with migraine-related quality of life and disability in adolescents: A preliminary investigation. Headache, 43, 950-955.

Lipchik, G. L., Holroyd, K.A. & Nash, J.M. (2002) Cognitive-behavioral management of recurrent headache disorders: a minimal-therapist-contact approach. In Turk, D.C & Gatchel, R.J. (Eds.) Psychological approaches to pain management. (2ed Edition) New York: Guilford Pubs. Inc.

Cottrell, C. K., Drew, J. B., Waller, S., Holroyd, K. A., Brose, J. A., & O’Donell, F. J. (2002). Perceptions and needs of patients with migraine. Journal of Family Practice, 51(2), 142-147.

Holroyd, K.A. (2002). Assessment and Psychological Management of Recurrent Headache Disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70(3), 656–677.

Holroyd, K. A., Stensland, M., & Carlson, B. (2001). Response Letter: Antidepressant medication for chronic tension headache. JAMA, 286(16), 1969.

Holroyd, K. A., O'Donnell, F. J., Stensland, M., Lipchik, G. L., Cordingley, G. E., & Carlson, B. W. (2001). Management of chronic tension-type headache with tricyclic antidepressant medication, stress management therapy, and their combination: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 285(17), 2208-2215.

Holroyd, K. A. (2001). Learning from our treatment failures. Applied Psychophysiology & Biofeedback, 26 (4), 319-323.

Holroyd, K. A., & Lipchik, G. L. (2000). Sex Differences in Recurrent Headache Disorders: Overview & Significance. In: Fillingim, R. B. (Ed.), Sex, gender, and pain: From the benchtop to the clinic. Seattle: IASP, 251-279.

Holroyd, K. A., Stensland, M., Lipchik, G. L., Hill, K. R., O'Donnell, F. S., & Cordingley, Gary (2000). Psychosocial correlates and impact of chronic tension-type headaches. Headache, 40(1), 3-16.

Neufield, J. D. Holroyd, K. A., & Lipchik, G. L. (2000). Dynamic assessment of abnormalities in central pain transmission and modulation in tension-type headache sufferers. Headache, 40(2), 142-151.

Courses Taught


  • Group Therapy
  • Health Psychology Interventions
  • Pharmacology & Psychotherapy
  • Health Psychology Practicum