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 was Director of the Center from 2003-2015. Dr. Grube is Adjunct Professor in Health and Social Behavior, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. 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 a longitudinal study of early drinking contexts and problems among adolescents and young adults.
He is Co-Investigator on a randomized trial to reduce retail and social availability of alcohol to adolescents. He is Co-Investigator on a study evaluating an intervention to reduce service of alcohol to intoxicated patrons in bars and clubs. He is Program Director of the NIAAA funded post-doctoral Prevention Science Research Training Program that is jointly administered by the Prevention Research Center and the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley.