Independent Research Review Group

GambleAware seeks to ensure the overall validity and reliability of all research conducted under its auspices is of the highest quality and consistent with accepted scientific expectations.

GambleAware has an Independent Research Review Group (formally known as the Independent Research Oversight Panel) comprised of international academic experts, who evaluate bids received for grant funding and peer review research reports. The reviewers assess the scientific rigour and quality of research proposals and reports.

Group members are appointed on the basis of their knowledge and academic expertise in the areas of gambling, gambling-related harm and harm-minimisation.

The review group works at arms-length from GambleAware, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board and the Gambling Commission, and is independent from the ongoing oversight and management of research projects. In this way, it plays an important role in supporting the quality of funding decisions, research outputs and stakeholder confidence in research. 

The functions of the Independent Research Review Group are to:

  • Evaluation responses to GambleAware invitations to tender for research, to inform the decisions of the Research and Evaluation Committee as to the awarding of funds.
  • Conduct assessments of draft end of project reports submitted to GambleAware. Researchers are contractually required to respond to such peer reviews.

The group consists of:

Alex Blaszczynski

Dr. Alex Blaszczynski BA (Econ) (University of NSW), MA (University of Sydney), Dip Psych (University of Sydney), PhD (University of NSW), MAPS

Dr. Alex Blaszczynski is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Director of the University of Sydney's Gambling Treatment Clinic and Research. He has over thirty-five years clinical and research experience into various aspects of the psychology of gambling behaviour.

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, committee member of the Australian Medical Association's position papers on problem gambling, and has been a member of a number of national and international expert advisory committees on 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, in 2013, the NSW Government's Responsible Gambling Fund's excellence award for contributions to gambling, and in 2014, the American National Council for Problem Gambling Lifetime Research Award.

Paul Delfabbro

Associate Professor Paul Delfabbro, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide.

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.

Sally Gainsbury

Dr. Sally Gainsbury, PhD, Doctor.ClinPsych, BPsych(Hons), has over 10 years’ experience conducting gambling research.

Her research has focused on understanding gambling to inform the development of responsible gambling strategies and harm minimisation policies. Her research excellence and contribution to the wider community has been recognised with numerous awards including an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Award (DECRA, 2016), Southern Cross University (SCU) Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research for Early to Mid-Career Researchers (2015), and an Australian Psychological Society Early Career Researcher Award (2014).

Dr. Gainsbury has been invited to give over 80 keynote and conference presentations internationally and has provided expert input for policy makers and key stakeholders in Australia and internationally. Her research on Internet gambling and dynamic messaging has resulted in improved harm minimisation practices being implemented by policy makers and gambling operators internationally.

Dr. Gainsbury is the Editor of the academic journal International Gambling Studies. She has published over 75 peer-review journal articles, two books, and numerous book chapters and research reports. She has been featured in numerous international media stories, including CNN International.

Judith Glynn

Judith Glynn, M.Sc. has 25+ years of experience with skills spanning scientific research, public policy, and marketing/communications.

She is Advisor, Asian Pacific Association for Gambling Studies and Member, International Think Tank on Gambling Research, Policy and Practice. Judith has a broad perspective of the gambling field, having worked to develop and market Ontario's gaming expansion agenda in the 1990's, before managing from start-up the world's largest problem gambling research fund. Judith established collaborations between researchers and industry, regulators, treatment agencies, and vulnerable populations including women and aboriginal peoples.

Judith is Principal, Strategic Science, a social responsibility consulting firm specializing in gambling, obesity and substance abuse.

Robert Ladouceur

Robert Ladouceur, Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus at Laval University in Quebec City. After his doctoral studies, he completed post-doctoral fellow Temple University in Philadelphia and at Geneva University in Switzerland.

He has published 450 scientific papers, made 500 presentations and published 5 books.

His work on gambling is internationally known. He was invited twice to present his work at the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the presidential U.S. commission on gambling.

In 1996, he received the Research Award from National Council on Problem Gambling, recognizing the high quality of his work. In 2003, he received the Senior Research Award, from the National Center for Responsible Gaming, Harvard University.

He presented his work in many Canadian provinces, American states European counties, Australia, New Zealand, and different countries in Asia. His cognitive treatment for pathological gamblers developed at Laval University is widely used around the world.

He published a paper on Responsible Gambling, called the Reno Model, with Alex Blaszczynski, from University of Sydney, Australia and Howard Shaffer, from Harvard University.

His book written with Stella Lachance entitled 'Over coming pathological Gambling' a therapist and client guides was published by Oxford press in 2007, translated in Chinese and Japanese.