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David R. Holtgrave

Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Albany, State University of New York

David Holtgrave, PhD, has served as the Dean of the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York since March, 2018. He is also appointed as a SUNY Empire Innovation Professor and SUNY Distinguished Professor.

From August, 2005 through February, 2018, David served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In July, 2017, he was appointed to hold the Inaugural Health, Behavior and Society Professorship (an endowed professorship). He also held joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins schools of medicine and nursing.

Dr. Holtgrave has worked extensively in the field of HIV prevention since 1991. His research has focused on the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions and the translation of those study findings to HIV prevention policy. Dr. Holtgrave previously served as member and then vice-chair of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS during President Obama's Administration, and testified before the U.S. House of Representatives during Representative Henry Waxman's hearing on domestic HIV prevention in 2008.

Prior to his position at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Holtgrave was a professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. He also served as director of the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention-Intervention Research and Support at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as on the faculty at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has authored or co-authored over 300 professional publications. He edited The Handbook of Economic Evaluation of HIV Prevention Programs (Plenum Press, 1998). Along with a number of colleagues from AIDS United and Johns Hopkins University, he is a co-author of the book, "Improving Access to HIV Care: Lessons from Five U.S. Sites" (Johns Hopkins University Press,


  • 2018–present
    Dean and SUNY Distinguished Professor, University at Albany, State University of New York


  • 1988 
    University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, PhD / Quantitative Psychology