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NCRG AWARDS GRANTS TO FUND SEVEN RESEARCH PROJECTS IN 2013

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 30, 2013

Earlier this month, the NCRG announced that the organization has awarded $751,951 this year to support seven new research projects that will help improve methods of diagnosis, intervention, treatment and prevention of gambling disorders.

Here’s a list of the research projects that received funding from the NCRG:

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Register Today for the NCRG’s Free Webinar on Addiction as a Syndrome

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 18, 2013

Dr. Debi LaPlanteDr. Sarah NelsonOn Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 2 to 3 p.m., the NCRG will hold the last session in the NCRG’s Webinar Series, titled “Addiction as Syndrome: Implications for Understanding and Treating Gambling Disorders and Other Addictive Disorders.” You can register for this free session online on the NCRG’s webinar webpage.

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NCRG Conference: Behind the Screen – Characteristics of Internet Gamblers Who Trigger Responsible Gaming Interventions

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 25, 2013

Dr. Heather GrayOn Tuesday, the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction co-located with Global Gaming Expo (G2E), the premier trade show and conference event for the gaming entertainment industry, to provide two “NCRG at G2E” sessions. This is the third year that the NCRG Conference co-located with G2E, making it easier for attendees of both events to learn about best practices in responsible gaming.

The first session on this year’s “NCRG at G2E” series examined characteristics of Internet gamblers who trigger responsible gaming interventions and featured Heather Gray, Ph.D. She is a research associate at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School and an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

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NCRG Conference: Mood Disorders – The Latest Research

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 25, 2013

Dr. Michael OstacherEach year, the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction provides an opportunity for researchers, clinicians, regulators and other stakeholders to come together, listen to research and programs from leading experts and share their experiences with gambling disorders. One of the benefits of this interaction is that the NCRG staff gets to learn directly from attendees, especially public health officials, about the speakers and topics they might find useful in their work.

One such topic that was overwhelmingly requested was the cluster of disorders previously called “mood disorders” (e.g., major depressive disorder). It turns out that the experiences of gambling treatment providers—of which many have clients with mood disorders in addition to a gambling disorder—are echoed in the published research. The National Comorbidity Study-Replication (NCS-R), one of the largest studies of mental health comorbidity in the country, found that more than 55 percent of people with a gambling disorder also had a comorbid mood disorder (Kessler, 2008).

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Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky Named 2013 NCRG Scientific Achievement Award Winner

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 24, 2013

Monday, the NCRG was honored to present the 2013 Scientific Achievement Award to Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Ph.D., a professor in the School/Applied Child Psychology and a professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal, during a luncheon today at The Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian in Las Vegas, during the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky and NCRG Chairman Alan Feldman

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NCRG Conference: Evaluating Responsible Gaming Strategies – What Regulators Need to Know

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 24, 2013

Dr. Debi LaPlante presents at the NCRG ConferenceYesterday, the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction held an informative session on using a scientific approach to evaluating responsible gambling programs that Debi LaPlante, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the director of academic affairs at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School.

Dr. LaPlante began the session by explaining that gambling disorders can cause a ripple effect—impacting the individual, his or family, acquaintances and the broader society; therefore, safeguards are often needed for some populations. One way to do this is by through regulating responsible gaming initiatives.

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NCRG Conference: Building a Partnership – Researching Native American Populations

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 24, 2013

The first day of the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction concluded with a few breakout sessions, including one that took a close look at building partnerships with Native American populations.

Kate Spilde and Dr. Miriam Jorgenson Speak at the NCRG Conference

The session began with a short presentation from Kate Spilde, chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming and associate professor at San Diego State University. Ms. Spilde provided two key resources on building successful research partnerships with tribal communities: the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) report, “Walk Softly and Listen Carefully,” and the Betty Ford Institute’s “Seme7 (Non-Native) Counselor in a First Nations: A Story of Professional/Personal Growth and Transformation.”

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NCRG Conference: The Evolving Definition of Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 24, 2013

Dr. William NarrowWhat behaviors are symptoms of a mental disorder? What behaviors are not? And who decides?

In the United States, the most important decision-makers on this subject arguably are the group of scientists who are responsible for updating the preeminent text on the subject of mental disorders, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The fifth edition of this text (DSM-5) was released earlier this year.

The NCRG was pleased to welcome William E. Narrow, M.D., associate director of the division of research at the American Psychiatric Association and research director of the DSM-5 Task Force, Sunday at the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction to speak about the changes made to gambling disorders in the new publication.

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NCRG Pre-Conference Workshop Looks at NAADAC’s New Gambling Endorsement

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 23, 2013

Shirley Beckett MikellBefore the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction officially kicked off yesterday, the NCRG held three pre-conference workshops for conference attendees. One workshop featured Shirley Beckett Mikell, NCAC II, CAC II, SAP, director of certification and education, and National Certification Commission for Addiction Professionals (NCC AP) staff liaison for NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, who spoke about a partnership between the NCRG and her organization to develop a new, evidence-based endorsement for counselors interested in specializing in gambling disorders.

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Connect with NCRG Online and Join the NCRG Conference Conversation

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 20, 2013

This weekend, the NCRG team heads to Las Vegas for the 14th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. We are excited for this year’s conference— it is packed with informative and intriguing conference sessions and nationally-known speakers!

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