Her research has focused on understanding gambling to inform the development of responsible gambling strategies and harm minimisation policies. She has been awarded numerous research grants including to examine responsible gambling options for electronic gaming machines, to further the understanding of Internet gambling and social gaming, and to review Internet-based treatment options.
She has been invited to give keynote and conference presentations internationally and has provided expert input for policy makers and key stakeholders in Australia and Canada. Dr. Gainsbury is the Editor of the academic journal International Gambling Studies. She has published over 50 peer-review journal articles, two books, and numerous book chapters and research reports.