Principal Investigator: Simon Dymond, PhD, Swansea University
Awarded $34,457 in 2015

Aim: Investigate whether individual differences in γ-Aminobutyric acid (GABA), the main inhibitory neurotransmitter, predict the extent to which someone is likely to be able to control their gambling and other forms of risk taking through a study of gamblers and non-gamblers. the findings will contribute to a better understanding of the neurochemistry of individual susceptibility to gambling problems, which may help inform the development of novel early intervention approaches for addictive behaviors like gambling disorders.

Principal Investigator: Bethany Bray, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Awarded $34,000 in 2015

Aim: Understand how adolescent behavioral patterns of gambling and polysubstance use are linked to adulthood negative consequences using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health.

Principal Investigator: Seth Himelhoch, PhD, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Awarded $172,500 in 2015

Aim: Develop and test a problem gambling-specific Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) intervention targeting individuals receiving medical care in general primary care clinics in order to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of inserting a problem gambling intervention into preexisting substance use SBIRT services being provided in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the state.