Featured keynote speakers at GambleAware's 4th annual harm minimisation conference are listed below.
Professor Alex Blaszczynski
Dr. Alex Blaszczynski is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Director of the University of Sydney’s Gambling Treatment Clinic and Chair, Responsible Gambling Research Group. Dr. Blaszczynski has evaluated randomized treatment outcomes studies using behavioural interventions, assessed the prevalence of depression and suicidality, determined the relationship between crime, gambling, and highlighted the role of impulsivity in pathological gamblers. He developed a conceptual pathways model explaining the aetiology of pathological gamblers, and has reviewed responsible gambling and harm minimisation strategies. He was chairman of the Working Party for the Australian Psychological Society and committee member of the Australian Medical Association’s position papers on problem gambling. He is the editor-in-chief of International Gambling Studies. In 1995, Dr. Blaszczynski received the American Council of Problem Gambling Directors Award; in 2004, the National Centre for Responsible Gambling senior investigator’s research award; and in 2013, the NSW Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund’s excellence award for contributions to gambling.
Erika is a Lecturer in Health Promotion in the Public Health Program at CQUniversity. Erika has over 20 years’ experience managing and leading complex research projects, including multiple national projects on sensitive topics. Erika specialised in the development of long range decision support systems using micro-simulation for a broad range of applications including capability planning, training systems, and public health scenarios. Since moving to academia five years ago she has been awarded over $2 million in gambling research grant applications, with co-investigators. Erika is a mixed methods researcher, and has undertaken gambling research centred on the experience of harm from gambling; the influence of jackpots on EGM play; the influence of gambling environments; the potential impact of responsible gambling features; the impact of innovation of gambling products; and the development of a scale to measure the effect of stigma associated with gambling. Her other research interests include the influence of social determinants of health, and assets based health approaches. Erika is a member of the Public Health Association of Australia and the National Association for Gambling Studies.
Professor Jon Grant
Jon Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago, where he also supervises an outpatient clinic for addictive-impulsive-compulsive disorders. Professor Grant is the author of twelve books on impulsive and compulsive behaviors and over 300 peer-reviewed scientific articles. He is the Director of a Center of Excellence in Gambling Research supported by the National Center for Responsible Gaming and Editor in Chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies.
Professor Peter Collins
Professor Peter Collins retired in 2010 as Professor of Public Policy Studies at the University of Salford where he was also Director of the Centre for the Study of Gambling. He retired in 2013 after 14 years as Executive Director of the South African Responsible Gambling Programme which he founded. In 2003-2004 he was a special adviser to the Joint Scrutiny Committee on the Gambling Bill. Until 2015 he was a trustee of GamCare. Peter is the author of the book, Gambling and the Public Interest (2003); He led the team of national and international scholars who wrote “A Strategy for Addressing Problem in the UK” commissioned by GambleAware’s great-grandfather (GICT) in 2003; He was a special adviser to the Joint Scrutiny Committee on the Gambling Bill (2003-04) and to the Strategy Board (2008-09). His most recent research report published in November this year focused on the likely effects of reducing maximum stakes on FOBTs.