Funded Research

Principal Investifator:  Elena A. Tiddens, University of Sussex

Awarded $2,000 in 2020

The aim of this dissertation project is to reduce addiction-like behavior in animal models of GD by offering an alternative social reward.

Principal Investigator:  Krishna Vaddiparti, PhD, University of Florida

Awarded $34,500 in 2020

This is a pilot study in Sikkim, India where gambling is legalized. Sikkim is a state in northeast India and it has the second highest suicide rate in India. The study will explore frequency of gambling, types of gambling and their onset, money spent, problematic gambling, gambling disorder, depressed mood and its onset and suicidal ideation and attempts. It will also draft culture-specific standards for responsible gaming to help guide future discussions among stakeholders of land and online gambling, operators, and the general public.

Principal Investigator: Simon Dymond, PhD, Swansea University

Awarded $34,455.15 in 2020

The aim of this project is to model the reward and temporal structure of betting behavior by analyzing several large datasets collected from de-centralized anonymous gambling behavior online, existing industry data that are publicly available, and representative datasets collected from online operators and betting shops in the United Kingdom.

Principal Investigator: Nicki Dowling, PhD, Deakin University

Awarded $29,897.96 in 2020

The aim of the study is to provide an overall picture of the best international evidence for the treatment of gambling disorder. This will include a summary of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatments, the quality of evidence, and any adverse outcomes of treatments. It will also identify the most effective treatments for different groups of gamblers and highlight significant gaps in the evidence base.

Principal Investigator: Michael T. Mathes, PhD, Providence College

Awarded $22,039.90 in 2020

The project will examine the effect of casinos on the fertility rate and overall newborn health in counties with casino openings. The researchers will analyze data from birth records from the Restricted-Use Vital Statistics Data provided by the National Center for Health Statistics merged with a unique casino dataset. The result of this work will measure whether there are greater effects on county level birth rates and infant health from employment and increased income opportunities provided by casinos or from the potential to participate in risky behavior.

Principal Investigator: Robert Astur, PhD, University of Connecticut

Awarded $34,500 in 2020

The researchers will adapt a novel smoking cessation intervention to reduce problematic gambling among young adults. They hypothesized that the virtual destruction of gambling stimuli will reduce real-life cravings to gamble and real-life gambling compared to the control group.

Principal Investigator:  Michael J. A. Wohl, PhD, Carleton University

Awarded $171,660 in 2020

Can gambling operators help gamblers cultivate healthy, responsible play habits? The aim of this program of research is to provide an evidence-base for policymakers to make informed decisions about the strengths and weaknesses of responsible gambling programs that are currently being used in their jurisdiction. To this end, we will evaluate the uptake and responsible gambling utility of PlayMyWay,