Gambling Research Group

About us

Roulette wheelThe University of New England Gambling Research Group was formed in 2015 to increase understanding of gambling and problem gambling in our community and around Australia. The Group has academic researchers from various departments, clinicians, and students to form a wide-ranging research program.

The Group's program of research includes:

  • monitoring the impact of increased availability of electronic gambling on gambling patterns in rural and regional areas of Australia
  • analysis of sociological impact of establishing new gambling venues, examination of psychological traits that predict development of recreational vs problematic gambling
  • problematic gambling treatment in rural and regional areas.

Problem Gambling

Although many people enjoy various forms of gambling as recreation, some fall victim to an inability to control gambling, leading to significant negative personal consequences such as family troubles, financial losses, problems at work, and legal problems. This persistent and recurring gambling behaviour despite harmful effects or a desire to stop is referred to as problem gambling or gambling addiction, and is now considered to be a type of addictive disorder, because sufferers exhibit many similarities to those who have substance addictions.

There have been many studies describing the proportion of the population who have problems with gambling, demographic profiles of problem gamblers, personality traits that may lead to impaired behavioural control during gambling, and neurobiological substrates involved in the development of pathological gambling.

If you or someone you know may have a problem with gambling, you can get further information and access to support services from Gambling Help Online.

Group Members

Robert Baker PhD
Associate Professor, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, UNE

Lewis Bizo PhD
Professor, School of Psychology, UNE

Gavin Clark D.Clin.Psy
Lecturer, School of Psychology, UNE

Anna Kokavec PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Health, UNE

Anne Macaskill PhD
Postdoctoral Associate, Victoria University of Wellington

John Malouff PhD
Associate Professor, School of Psychology, UNE

Ian Price PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, UNE

Adam Rock PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, UNE

Andrew Talk PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, UNE

Barry Tolchard PhD
Senior Lecturer, School of Health, UNE