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Drs. David Hodgins, Gloria Miele and Wendy Slutske Named to NCRG Scientific Advisory Board

by: NCRG Staff | Jul 12, 2013

Earlier this week, the NCRG shared two exciting announcements about its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). First, Ken Winters, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse at the University of Minnesota, was named the next chairman of the NCRG’s SAB. (Read the blog post here.)

The NCRG also added three new members with diverse research backgrounds.

  • David Hodgins, Ph.D., professor of psychology in the department of psychology and institute node coordinator for the University of Calgary, Alberta Gaming Research Institute;
  • Gloria M. Miele, Ph.D., instructor at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and principal at Optimal Development Coaching; and
  • Wendy Slutske, Ph.D., professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dr. David Hodgins   Dr. Gloria Miele   Dr. Wendy Slutske   

Commenting on these new members, Dr. Winters said:

“We are also thrilled to welcome Drs. Hodgins, Miele and Slutske as new board members. With their diverse backgrounds and expertise, I am confident that they will make invaluable contributions to help further the organization and its goal of supporting high-quality research.”

Here’s more about the three additions to the SAB:

Dr. David Hodgins

At the University of Calgary, Dr. Hodgins 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 gambling disorders. His research on brief treatment interventions is recognized around the world and is listed as an evidence-based treatment by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Dr. Hodgins has published more than 100 articles in prestigious scientific journals, and has authored and co-authored a number of books on this topic. He was also the recipient of the 2010 NCRG Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of his significant contributions to this field of research.

Dr. Gloria Miele

In addition to her role as a professor at Columbia University, Dr. Miele is a business development and leadership coach, speaker, consultant and trainer who has been helping people reach their goals for more than 25 years. She previously served as a training director and research scientist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University where she developed training programs on good research practices, HIV risk behavior assessment, diagnostic interviewing and behavioral interventions. Prior to this, she was the program director for the Women’s Health Project Treatment and Research Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, where she developed programs and treatment strategies for women with a history of trauma and substance abuse. She has also contributed to more than 30 publications and serves as a reviewer for several high-impact, peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Wendy Slutske

Dr. Slutske has been with the University of Missouri-Columbia since 1997 and is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the behavioral genetics of gambling disorders. Her work on the landmark all-male Vietnam Era Twin Study demonstrated that there are shared susceptibility genes that contribute to the risk for gambling disorders, alcohol use disorders and antisocial behavior. Dr. Slutske’s analysis of large epidemiological studies has also led to the groundbreaking finding that gambling disorders are episodic rather than chronic. She has published more than 100 articles in highly-cited, peer-reviewed journals and was the recipient of the 2011 NCRG Scientific Achievement Award.

In addition to Drs. Cottler, Hodgins, Meile, Slutske and Winters, the NCRG SAB includes Tammy Chung, Ph.D., associate professor of psychiatry and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh; Mark S. Gold, M.D., Donald Dizney Eminent Scholar, Distinguished Professor and Chair of psychology in the College of Medicine at the University of Florida; and Miriam Jorgensen, Ph.D., M.P.P., research director at the Native Nations Institute of the University of Arizona and research director for the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development at Harvard University. 

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