Recognition & Awards

Conference 2016 Best Research Poster:
Gabriel Yanicki of the University of Alberta whose posted was entitled, “Gambling for Prestige: Intergroup Competition in Alberta’s Prehistory.”

Conference 2015 Best Research Poster:
Juliette Tobias-Webb from the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC whose posted was entitled, "The influence of acute alcohol intoxication on Gambler's Fallacy."

Conference 2014 Best Student Research Poster:
Travis Sztainert of Carleton University was the winner of the best research poster at Conference 2014. The title of Travis' poster was "Starving to Gamble: Hunger and Gambling-Related Craving Interact to Heighten Persistent Play among Problem Gamblers."

Conference 2013 Best Student Research Poster:
Mr. Damien Dowd from the University of Manitoba was awarded the graduate student prize for his research poster entitled "An Evaluation of the Pathological Gambling Pathways Model Using the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC)".

Conference 2013 Best Faculty Research Poster:
Dr. Heather Chalmers of Brock University received the researcher prize for her poster entitled "An Examination of the Co-occurrence of Adolescent Gambling with Nine Risk Behaviours".

Conference 2012 Best Student Research Poster:
Ulric Wong, Dr. David C. Hodgins & Rachel Ferrer, University of Calgary. Title "Preliminary Support for a Relationship Between Problem Gambling and Video Game Addiction in Adults".

Conference 2012 Best Faculty Research Poster:
Magali Dufour, Natacha Brunelle & Elise Roy, Université de Sherbrooke & Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Title "Are All Poker Players the Same? Latent Class Analysis".

Conference 2011 Best Oral Presentation:
Mike Dixon, University of Waterloo. Title "Psycho-physiological psychological responses to wins, losses and near-misses in slot machine play".

Conference 2011 Best Research Poster:
Candice Jensen, University of Waterloo. Title "Miscategorizing losses as wins in multi-line video slot machine games".

Conference 2010 Best Oral Presentation:
Terri-Lynn MacKay, University of Calgary. Title "Cognitive distortions as a major risk factor in online gambling".

Conference 2010 Best Research Poster:
Dr. Jennifer Buckle, Memorial University of Newfoundland. Title "Personality factors associated with gambling behaviour in university students".

Conference 2009 Best Research Poster:
Annie Gendron, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Title "Comparison of the profiles of young nongamblers, gamblers and Internet gamblers relative to psychological distress, severity of substances use and impulsiveness/risk taking".



External Awards Received by Institute-Funded Investigators

2013 Honorary Membership from the Spanish Society of Dual Pathology (SEPD): Nady el-Guebaly
Dr. Nady el-Guebaly, the Institute's Research Director, was recently recognized for his outstanding contributions to the field of behavioral additions (and pathological gambling specifically) with an Honorary Membership from the  Spanish Society of Dual Pathology (SEPD) . He was one of only three individuals to receive such an award at the Third International Congress on Dual Pathology. This event took place October 23-26 in Barcelona, Spain and brought together more than 2,000 experts in mental health and psychiatry from 74 countries.

2010 National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) Outstanding Poster Award: Cheryl Currie

2010 National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) Scientific Achievement Award: David Hodgins
The Institute is pleased to annouce that the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) has recognized Dr. David Hodgins for his work on various aspects of recovery from gambling-related problems. They note that he has been at the forefront of finding effective recovery methods and treatments for gambling disorders, and his research and theoretical contributions have stimulated the gambling field.

2008 Durand Jacobs Award: Jenny Horch
The Institute is pleased to announce that the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors chose University of Calgary Ph.D. student Jenny Horch as the winner of the 2007 / 2008 Durand Jacobs Award. Her paper, which was co-authored with David C. Hodgins, was entitled "Public Stigma of Disordered Gambling: Social Distance, Dangerousness, and Familiarity." This paper has been published in the Journal of Social and Clinical  Psychology, 27(5) in 2008. The Durand Jacobs Award recognizes outstanding work related to the psychology of addictive behaviours, and is dedicated to Dr. Durand Jacobs' life-long efforts to help mentor students in this field.

2007 Mental Health Research Studentship Awards: Jenny D. Horch & Terri-Lynn MacKay
In 2006 the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AMFMR) and the Alberta Mental Health Board formed a partnership to increase the number of studentships, enabling more students to undertake mental health research. For the March 2007 competition, studentships were awarded to the following two graduate students affiliated with the Alberta Gaming Research Institute: Jenny D. Horch, University of Calgary for the investigation “Stigma and Self-stigma as Barriers to Treatment in Problem Gamblers” and Terri-Lynn MacKay, University of Calgary for the investigation “Risk and Resiliency Factors in Gambling Behaviour.”

2007 National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) Dissertation Award: Kate Diskin 
The Institute wishes to congratulate Kate Diskin for winning this award for her Institute-funded research on motivational  interviewing.  Kate recently completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary and currently has a position with the Addiction Centre, Calgary Health Region.

2006 National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) Award for Research: David Hodgins
Dr. David Hodgins, Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Calgary, has received the 2006 Research Award from the U.S. National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) for the best original body of research on problem and pathological gambling.  Dr. Hodgins has been involved in research on problem gambling for nearly a decade and his publications cover a wide range of topics.  The NCPG Research Award is given annually for "the best original research on problem and pathological gambling that contributes substantially to our understanding of this disorder."

2006 ICTAB New Investigator Award: Kate Diskin
Kate Diskin was awarded the New Investigator Award "for outstanding research on the treatment of addictive behaviors" at the 11th International Conference on Treatment of Addictive Behaviors (ICTAB-11) in Sante Fe, New Mexico. This award is particularly prestigious as it has been bestowed upon Diskin by one of the most important conferences in the field of addictions. Her Institute-funded dissertation related to the "Effects of a single session of Motivational Intervention on Problem Gambling Behavior" and was co-authored by Dr. David Hodgins. This is the second award received by Diskin for her gambling-related research. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Calgary.

2004 National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) Young Investigators Award: Nicole Peden
Nicole Peden, a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Calgary, was invited to present her Masters research at the Young Investigators: Poster Session and Social Hour sponsored by National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Divisions 28 [Division on Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse] and 50 [Division of Addictions] of the American Psychological Association. Her research focused on establishing the construct validity of self-efficacy in problem gamblers. Nicole was supervised by Dr. David Hodgins, who holds a university appointment funded by the Alberta Gaming Research Institute.

2003 Honourary Izaak  Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship: Katherine Diskin
Katherine Diskin, currently a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Calgary, won this award for her research into the effects of a single motivational intervention on problem gambling behaviour. Killam Pre-Doctoral Scholarships are awarded to doctoral students of outstanding calibre. They have been highly ranked in the University of Calgary Faculty of Graduate Studies Open Scholarship Competition by the Graduate Scholarship Committee of the University of Calgary. She adds this to her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship, Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Award, and National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG*) award for best master's thesis (see below).

2002 NCPG Student Research Award-Outstanding Dissertation in the Field of Problem Gambling:Hermano Tavares
Dr. Tavares was chosen for his innovative and important research on pathological gambling and obsessive-compulsive disorders. This work represents a significant contribution to the field of gambling studies. He is presenting his work at the NCPG National Conference in Dallas -- Session 10 from 2:00 to 3:30 on Friday, June 14th. 

2001 National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG*) award for best master's thesis: Karyn Makarchuk
Her thesis, Minimal Treatment Approaches with Concerned Significant Others of Problem Gamblers, was completed as part of her Master's of Science degree in Medical Science at the University of Calgary. Karyn was supervised by Dr. David Hodgins, who holds a university appointment funded by the Alberta Gaming Research Institute.

2000 National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG*) award for best master's thesis: Katherine Diskin
Katherine Diskin, currently a doctoral student in psychology at the University of Calgary, won for her thesis examining physiological arousal during video lottery terminal play. Katherine was supervised by Dr. David Hodgins, who holds a university appointment funded by the Alberta Gaming Research Institute.

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