Dr. Holder is a distinguished Senior Research Scientist and the former Director of the Prevention Research Center (PRC) of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation in Berkeley, California. PRC is a national research center sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health.
With a doctorate in communication science and mathematical sociology, his research interests include prevention of substance abuse and the cost and benefits of alcoholism treatment and drug abuse treatment. Dr. Holder has published more than 150 scientific, refereed papers that have addressed topics such as public policy in alcohol consumption and traffic crashes, mandated server training, alcoholism treatment cost/offset, and environmental strategies as part of a comprehensive approach to evaluation.
As a national and international leader in a systems perspective to prevention, he has published several books on state and community-level alcohol prevention policies. Dr. Holder holds numerous distinguished appointments and awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism and an appointment to the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health.