The Center for Gambling Studies (CGS) at the Rutgers University School of Social Work has received a three-year Center of Excellence grant from the International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) to study the etiology and epidemiology of emerging adults who gamble. The CGS will examine the bio-psycho-social and genetic risk factors for problem gambling, in partnership with the RARC. The CGS will also conduct a series of other studies to investigate comorbid mental health and associated addictive problems in statewide and national epidemiological samples, as well as convenience samples of high risk individuals ages 18 to 27. The purpose of the studies is to inform education, prevention and treatment strategies with etiological subtypes of this population as well as to explore the relationship between the level of state gambling involvement and rates of problem gambling.
The investigative team is led by Dr. Lia Nower (PI), Jackie Stanmyre (Co-I), Dr. Vivien Anthony (Co-I), and Dr. Mark Van der Maas (Co-I) of the CGS and Dr. Devin Mills (Consultant) of Texas Tech University.
The CGS is the fourth ICRG Center of Excellence, joining teams at Yale University School of Medicine, University of Chicago/Minnesota, and University of Missouri-Columbia.