Paul has degrees in Commerce, Economics and a PhD in psychology. He has published extensively in several areas, including the psychology of gambling, child protection and child welfare and has been a regular advisor to State and Federal Government bodies. He has over 200 publications in these areas including around 140 national and international refereed journal articles.
Over the last decade, he has conducted research into the nature of adolescent gambling, examined the psychology and social impacts of gambling, conduct epidemiological and experimental studies and research into responsible gambling initiatives. In some of his recent work, conducted in conjunction with Dr. Daniel King, at the University of Adelaide he has been examining the role of new technologies on young people. This has included studies of internet gambling, social media and gambling and the increasing interaction between video games and gambling.