Our Centre | Our Team
Jeffrey L. Derevensky, Ph.D. is a Professor of School/Applied Child Psychology, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology at McGill University. He is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; and Associate Professor, Department of Community Dentistry at McGill University. He is also a clinical consultant to numerous hospitals, school boards, government agencies and corporations. He has served on many government committees and has performed consultative services for SAMHSA, NIMH, NRC, and the NCPG. Dr. Derevensky has published widely and is on the editorial board of several journals. He is a member of the National Centre for Gambling Studies, University of Alberta; National Network on Gambling Issues and Research, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; Centre d'Excellence, Université Laval; and is an International Associate of the Centre for the Study of the Social Impact of Gambling, University of Plymouth, England. He is a member of the Program Advisory Board, Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders, Division on Addictions, Harvard University Medical School.
Rina Gupta, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor (Part-Time) in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. Dr. Gupta was a recipient of a SSHRC and FCAR doctoral fellowship for her work on understanding children and adolescent gambling behaviour, and her doctoral dissertation won the G.M. Dunlop Award for Best Doctoral Dissertation in Educational Psychology in Canada. She was also the recipient of the Outstanding Dissertation Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington. She has been invited to present her research and clinical work at numerous national and international conferences on youth gambling. Dr. Gupta is on the editorial board of the Journal of Gambling Studies. Her work is published in numerous journals around the world, and she is considered an expert in the field of youth gambling. She is the director of the clinical intervention program for youth problem gamblers at McGill University. Dr. Gupta is also a member of the National Centre for Gambling Studies, University of Alberta; National Network on Gambling Issues and Research, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse; and is an International Associate of the Centre for the Study of the Social Impact of Gambling, University of Plymouth, England. Dr. Gupta was also awarded the Young Researcher Award from the Harvard University Division of Addictions and the National Center for Responsible Gambling.
Lynette Gilbeau, B.Ed is the Research and Project Coordinator. Her background includes training material development as well as elementary school education. Lynette is responsible for research assistance and project coordination at the Centre.
Arlene Doheny is the Centre's administrative assistant. She administers the Centre's multiple grants and research funds. Along with the Director of Programs and Communication, she coordinates the dissemination of information to researchers, treatment providers, legislators, graduate students and the public. Arlene plays an instrumental role in coordinating the Centre's daily functions.
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Lei Chen is the Centre's computer technician. She is responsible for maintaining the Centre's hardware and software. Lei is also responsible for designing the Centre's quarterly online newsletter, and designs and maintains the website.
Jessica McBride, M.A., is a doctoral student in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University. Her Master's thesis was titled "An Exploratory Analysis of Internet Gambling Among University Students." She won the Outstanding Master's Thesis Award from the National Problem Gambling Council in 2008. She has presented on the topic at national and international conferences. Jessica holds a BScH from Concordia University. Jessica's research interests include youth at risk for addiction, family psychopathology and its effects on youth, and the concept of resilience. She has been awarded an FQRSC Doctoral Fellowship. Tel: 514-398-6830
Renée St-Pierre, M.A., is a doctoral student in the School/Applied Child Psychology Program at McGill University. Renée’s master’s thesis, titled “Retailer Compliance with Youth Access Statutes and Regulatory Policies for Lottery Products and Alcohol: The Role of Gender and Vendor Age”, investigated the influence of individual-level factors in vendor compliance with youth access statutes and regulatory policies for lottery and alcohol products. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award in 2009 from the National Council on Problem Gambling. Her general areas of research interest include the prevention of adolescent high-risk and addictive behaviors, as well as responsible gambling policies.