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October 2011

NCRG Awards Research Grant for an Online Tool to Help College Students Assess their Gambling Behavior

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 24, 2011

To continue its support of research to address gambling and gambling-related harms on college campuses, the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) awarded a research grant of $171,561 to Clayton Neighbors, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab at the University of Houston, for the development and testing of an online screening and brief intervention (SBI) aimed at reducing gambling-related problems among college students. The SBI will be included on the NCRG’s website, www.CollegeGambling.org, which was developed as a tool to help higher-education institutions address gambling disorders and responsible gaming on campus.

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NCRG Conference Presenter Discusses How to Use the Internet as an Intervention for Gambling Disorders

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 19, 2011

The third morning session at the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction was an especially good fit with the conference theme, “Risk or Reward: The Impact of Technology on Treatment, Research and Responsible Gaming.”  Dr. John Cunningham, Canada research chair in brief interventions for addictive behaviors at the University of Toronto, presented a session called “Web-based Interventions for Alcohol Use Disorders: Implications for Gambling.” The session was especially pertinent because it highlighted the possibilities of using web-based treatments for gambling disorders, an option that is sometimes overshadowed by concerns about the potential negative effects of technology.  

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NCRG Conference: Responsible Gaming on the Internet – The Bwin.party Case Study

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 13, 2011

Breakout sessions at the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction are a unique opportunity to hear from leaders in research on gambling disorders and responsible gaming in a smaller setting. Joachim Häeusler, the responsible gaming manager at bwin.party digital entertainment (bwin.party), led a Sunday-evening breakout session at this year’s conference that examined the company’s comprehensive player-protection program, as well as what the company’s goals for future responsible gaming initiatives.

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Dr. Gary Small Kicks off 2011 NCRG Conference with Talk on How Technology Changes the Brain

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 4, 2011

The 12th Annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction kicked off Sunday in Las Vegas with a plenary session featuring Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Center on Aging at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Small’s session was titled, “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.”

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NCRG Honors Wendy Slustke with the 2011 Scientific Achievement Award

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 3, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) has named Wendy S. Slutske, Ph.D., professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the recipient of the 2011 Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of research on gambling disorders. The award was presented at a luncheon today The Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev., during the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

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NCRG Conference: Science Vs. Myth – Research On Internet Gambling

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 3, 2011

Yesterday’s NCRG Conference attendees were able to hear the latest research on actual Internet gambling behavior from Sarah Nelson, Ph.D., associate director for research at the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nelson led the session “Science vs. Myth: Research on Internet Gambling” at the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

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NCRG Pre-conference Workshop: Motivational Interviewing for Clients with Gambling Problems

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 3, 2011

Prior to the start of the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, David Hodgins, Ph.D., professor of psychology and adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Calgary, led a workshop on how clinicians can incorporate Motivational Interviewing (MI) into their treatment plan for patients with gambling disorders. During this workshop, Dr. Hodgins described the principles of MI, explained MI strategies and discussed how to apply MI in a clinical practice.

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