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Joel Grube, PhD
Senior Research Scientist

Joel W. Grube received his AB in Psychology and Political Science from the University of California Berkeley (1971) and his MS (1975) and Ph.D. (1979) in Psychology from Washington State University. He was Coordinator of the Public Opinion Laboratory (1977-1978) and Assistant Director of the Social Research Center at Washington State University (1978-1981). Dr. Grube was a Senior Research Officer at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland (1981-1983) and a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Alcohol Studies at the Prevention Research Center and School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley (1985-1986). He has been a Senior Research Scientist at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation since 1986 and Director of the Center since 2003. He was a member of the Institute of Medicine/National Research Council Committee on Developing a Strategy to Reduce and Prevent Underage Drinking (2002-2003). He was elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2009. His research broadly focuses on social-psychological and environmental factors influencing alcohol, tobacco, other drug use, and other problem behaviors among adolescents and young adults. His current research includes longitudinal studies on the effects of community, school, and family policies on drinking and smoking trajectories among youth; a study of a responsible retailing intervention to increase age-verification for purchase of alcoholic beverages; and a randomized community trial investigating the effects of family, school, and retailer interventions on access to and use of inhalants and other harmful legal products by youth.

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