International gambling research centres


Addictive Behaviours Laboratory, University of Calgary

  • The Addictive Behaviours Laboratory undertakes research on the psychology and physiology of substance abuse and gambling addiction. Headed by clinical psychologist Dr. David C. Hodgins, the Addictive Behaviours Laboratory also conducts research on possible treatment for gambling addiction.

International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors, McGill University

  • The International Centre for Youth Gambling and High Risk Behaviours undertakes research projects that directly address youth gambling problems and co-occurring disorders. The centre also undertakes training, treatment, prevention, information dissemination, and policy development.

Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addictions research facility. The Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario integrates the work of CAMH's researchers, clinicians and educational and community staff. The centre's website provides resources for online collaboration, screening tools, training and resources for professionals and people who experience gambling problems and their family members.
  • CAMH has also developed a Wiki for problem gambling resources.

Public Health Gambling Project

  • The Public Health Gambling Project lead by Dr. David Korn and Dr. Harvey Skinner is based in the Department of Public Health Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. This new initiative was developed to address gambling as a public health matter, intended to focus on research, community development, teaching and public policy considerations.
  • A major output from the project is their YouTube public health gambling project channel featuring animated and other clips around gambling and young people, predominantly created by young people themselves. The project aims to create a series of accessible educational material for both parents and youth.

New Zealand

Gambling and Addictions Research Centre, Auckland University of Technology

  • The Gambling and Addictions Research Centre undertakes applied research with a focus on minimising harms from excessive gambling behaviour and addictions.

Problem Gambling Library - Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand

  • The Problem Gambling Library from the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (PGF) has over 5,500 resources on all aspects of gambling and problem gambling. The PGF is a national non-profit organisation mostly funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Health.


International Gambling Research Institute, School of Advanced Social Studies

  • The School of Advanced Social Studies undertakes research on gambling issues, and has created an internet based gambling library, GambLIB.

United Kingdom

Betting Research Unit, Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University

  • The Betting Research Unit (BRU) undertakes analysis of betting and gaming markets and issues. Formed in 1995 the Unit undertakes privately commissioned contracts and reports as well as research.


  • GamCare is a UK charity that receives most of its funding voluntarily from the gambling industry and through the Responsible Gambling Fund. Gamcare provides information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling (Gamcare runs the UK national gambling helpline). Gamcare also produces reports on gambling related issues including young people and debt, click here to access their library.

United States

Center for Gaming Research, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

  • The Centre for Gaming Research provides links to detailed US gambling statistics, reports on gambling, and links to published theses on gambling issues.

Maryland Centre for Excellence on Problem Gambling

  • The Maryland Centre for Excellence on Problem Gambling is a joint collaboration between the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Founded in 2012, the centre is funded by a three year grant intended to assist in the mitigation of gambling problems by providing a helpline, training, prevention, public awareness and research programs.

National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG)

  • The NCRG is the American Gaming Association's (AGA) affiliated charity. It aims to support research into pathological and youth gambling, encourage the application of new research findings to improve prevention and treatment strategies, and advancing public education about gambling disorders and responsible gaming.
  • It has a research grants program, and supports in-depth, ongoing research at NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research at the University of Minnesota and Yale University.  It also has a research library, of NCRG-funded research on gambling disorders.

UCLA Gambling Studies Program

  • The Gambling Studies Program undertakes research into pathological gambling and the obstacles to successful treatment. The mission of the program is to translate research findings into methods of prevention, education, and treatment.

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