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.
With more than 150 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Derevensky’s research has provided a greater understanding of how to address youth gambling in clinical settings, college gambling, and the development of prevention strategies to help limit youth engagement in gambling and other risky behaviors.
Dr. Derevensky’s leadership of the McGill International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-risk Behaviors, which he co-founded, has played an integral role in understanding and addressing the issue of gambling problems among youth and adolescents. The center has been instrumental not only in researching the various behavioral and clinical implications of youth gambling, but also in developing prevention and treatment strategies that address youth gambling among community leaders and policy makers. Dr. Derevensky’s work at the center has helped to establish international collaborations that ultimately work to investigate youth gambling and translate the research into prevention tools for public use.
An important part of a researcher’s duty is to cultivate the next generation of scientists to continue exploring the field of study. Dr. Derevensky has dedicated a large part of his career to mentoring post-doctoral investigators and helping them to expand their scope of study, especially in of the area of youth gambling. Additionally, he has collaborated with investigators around the world to organize the International Think Tank on Youth Gambling Issues, which brings youth gambling to the forefront of public health issues, and has served as a member of the NCRG Scientific Advisory Board.
On behalf of everyone at the NCRG, congratulations Dr. Derevensky!