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NCRG on the Road: Presenting at the NCAA Missouri Gambling Summit

by: NCRG Staff | Mar 6, 2012

As part of the NCRG’s continuing effort to educate stakeholders about gambling disorders and responsible gaming, members of the NCRG staff will be traveling across the nation to conduct treatment provider workshops, speak at national conferences and meet with new groups to discuss the research and resources that the NCRG has to offer. Amy Martin, communications and outreach manager for the NCRG, will be blogging about her experiences on the road as she helps reach out to new audiences for the NCRG. Amy recently traveled to Columbia, Mo., to co-present at the NCAA Missouri Gambling Summit with Dr. Matthew Martens of the University of Missouri – Columbia.

From Amy:

It’s always quite an experience to meet with new groups of people and talk about the research that the NCRG funds and the programs and resources we offer. The NCRG was fortunate to be a part of the NCAA Missouri Gambling Summit, which is one of the first times the state has gathered athletic directors, student life and student health directors from NCAA Division I, II and III schools from across the state to discuss this issue. The summit was led by the University of Missouri – Columbia’s athletic compliance department. They organized a full day of training on NCAA rules and regulations and highlighted other tools for universities to use in raising awareness of problem gambling on campus. The NCRG was asked to present on the latest research on college gambling, as well as CollegeGambling.org and how this resource can be used on college campuses.

The University of Missouri – Columbia has always been an active member in educating students and faculty about gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses. They have their own task force to address the issue and even bring speakers on campus to discuss it. Dr. Kristy Wanner was a member of the NCRG’s Task Force on College Gambling Policies and helped to form the school’s own task force.

When groups ask the NCRG to talk about the latest research on gambling disorders and responsible gaming, I leave it to the research experts. Luckily, Dr. Matthew Martens, associate professor in the department of educational, school and counseling psychology at the University of Missouri – Columbia, was available to discuss more about his current studies. Dr. Martens is an NCRG-funded researcher, and his current project examines how effective personalized feedback intervention can be at helping college students realize, and hopefully lessen, their problem-gambling behavior.

Dr. Martens did a great job discussing the latest trends in gambling among college students. He talked about his personalized feedback intervention and explained some of the latest research about gambling among college students. After his talk, I had the chance to talk about CollegeGambling.org and the free toolkits, fact sheets, research, talking points, student programming ideas and more that are housed on the website.

Overall, what I admire most about CollegeGambling.org is that it provides the necessary research and science-based materials to colleges and universities so that they can seamlessly integrate it into their existing programs. After my presentation, participants asked for more information on the resources that are available on the site and ways that they can adapt it for their college campus.

It was an exciting couple of days in Missouri, and we are grateful for the opportunity to talk more about NCRG-funded research and the resources on CollegeGambling.org.  Stay tuned for the next travel blog about filming the CollegeGambling.org multimedia news release in Denver, Colo.

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