NCRG Honors David Hodgins With 2010 Scientific Achievement Award

Hodgins Recognized for His Exceptional Work in the Field of Gambling Disorders

Nov 15, 2010

LAS VEGAS—The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) has named David C. Hodgins, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the department of psychology at the University of Calgary and institute node coordinator for the University of Calgary, Alberta Gaming Research Institute, the recipient of the 2010 Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the field of disordered gambling research.

“The NCRG is proud to present this award to Dr. Hodgins for his work on various aspects of recovery from gambling-related problems,” said Glenn Christenson, chairman of the NCRG. “He has been at the forefront of finding effective recovery methods and treatments for gambling disorders, and his research and theoretical contributions have stimulated the gambling field.”

Hodgins’ work focuses on three interrelated lines of cutting-edge research in the area of gambling disorders—natural history research, the design and evaluation of brief interventions, and the study of the precipitants of relapse to problem gambling. His work on natural recovery is widely cited and provides insight into the process of untreated remissions from gambling problems. His research on brief treatment interventions is recognized around the world and is listed as an evidence-based treatment by the U.S. Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration. Hodgins’ third area of gambling research focuses on relapse to gambling problems, in which he developed and evaluated relapse prevention materials for clinical use. A 1999 grant from the National Center for Responsible Gaming supported his research on relapse.

Hodgins has published more than 100 articles in prestigious scientific journals, and has authored and co-authored a number of books and book chapters. These include Motivational Interviewing in the Treatment of Problem and Pathological Gambling (Guilford, 2008), Research and Measurement Issues in Gambling Studies (Elsevier, 2007), and Promoting Self-change from Problem Substance Use: Practical Implications for Policy, Prevention and Treatment (Kluwer, 2001).

“Dr. Hodgins has a distinguished career, and his work has impacted both the theory of pathological gambling and practice of gambling treatment,” said John A. Cunningham, Ph.D., senior scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and professor in the departments of psychology and of public health sciences at the University of Toronto. “Dr. Hodgins has produced a significant and enduring legacy that is worthy of recognition through this prestigious scientific achievement award.”

The award will be presented at a luncheon on Nov. 15 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino during the 11th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. The conference is sponsored by the NCRG and the Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders in partnership with the Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research at the University of Minnesota and Yale University.

Recipients of the Scientific Achievement Award are selected by an independent committee of distinguished leaders in the field of addictions and gambling research. Members of the 2010 committee include Jon E. Grant, J.D., M.D., M.P.H., professor of psychiatry, University of Minnesota; Rina Gupta, Ph.D., assistant professor in school/applied child psychology, McGill University; Robert Ladouceur, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology, Laval University; Craig Nagoshi, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, Arizona State University; and Harold Wynne, Ph.D., president, Wynne Resources.

Previous recipients of the NCRG’s Scientific Achievement Award include Alex Blaszczynski, Ph.D.; Renee Cunningham-Williams, Ph.D., M.P.E., L.C.S.W.; Robert Custer, M.D.; Jon E. Grant, J.D., M.D., M.P.H.; Rina Gupta, Ph.D.; Robert Ladouceur, Ph.D.; Nancy Petry, Ph.D.; Marc N. Potenza, M.D., Ph.D.; Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., C.A.S.; Ken C. Winters, Ph.D.; and Suck Won Kim, M.D.

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