Dr Harold Holder

Senior Research Scientist


Dr. Holder is a Senior Research Scientist of the Prevention Research Center (PRC) of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, Berkeley, California.  He was director for 18 years.  Dr. Holder was one of the first researchers to undertake controlled studies on the economic benefits of alcoholism treatment.  His published work has addressed a number of public policy studies at the community, state, and national levels including the impact of changes in retail sales of wine and spirits on drinking and alcohol-involved traffic crashes.  Other policy studies include assessments of the prevention potential of alcohol server liability, mandated server training, and environmental strategies as part of comprehensive approaches to prevention in communities. Dr. Holder received in 1995 the Jellinek Memorial Award for his research on social and economic factors of alcohol consumption, and the impact of changes in alcohol availability on alcohol problems. He received the President’s Award from the Society for Prevention Research in 2001 for scientific leadership, and in 2005, Dr. Holder was given a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism.