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Raschkowan Lecture Series

The International Centre for Youth Gambling in conjunction with the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) present the Raschkowan Lecture series titled "Gambling during a Digital Revolution." The webinars are free but registration is required.

The list of presenters includes:

  • February 2, 2021 - Dr. Sally Gainsbury
  • March 9, 2021 - Dr. David Hodgins
  • For more information and to register, visit www.ncpgambling.org/raschkowan.

    2020 Durand Jacobs Award Winner

    It is with great pleasure that we announce that the recipient of the 2020 Durand Jacobs Award is Gillian Russell for her manuscript titled "Implicit Memory Associations and Video Gaming." The Durand Jacobs Award recognizes outstanding work related to the psychology of addictive behaviors, and is dedicated to the late Dr. Durand Jacobs' lifelong efforts to help mentor students. Congratulations on behalf of all of us at our Centre!

    Dr. Derevensky in the News

    Dr. Derevensky has been featured in the media discussing gaming addiction:

  • Montreal Gazette: Hundreds of Quebec parents flock to Fortnite lawsuit
  • Global News-Montreal law firm seeks permission for legal action against video game creator
  • CTV News - Montreal parents seek class action against makers of 'addictive' Fortnite
  • Masters' Thesis Award

    In July 2019, at the National Council on Problem Gambling conference in Denver, Jeremie Richard was awarded the Outstanding Master's Thesis Award. This award recognizes recipients who have completed research studies having the potential to contribute to the scientific knowledge and clinical understanding of problem and pathological gambling behavior.

    Centre Awards (2018)

    At the 32nd annual NCPG conference in Cleveland, our Centre received the following awards:

      The International Centre for Youth Gambling and High-Risk Behaviors newsletter was awarded the Corporate Newsletter Award for "an outstanding problem gambling-related newsletter issue in the past year."

      Yaxi Zhao received the Outstanding Master's Thesis Award for her thesis titled "Adolescent Multiple Engagement in Addictive Behaviors and the Role of Parents."

    Dr. Derevensky Receives the NCPG Lifetime Research Award

    On July 21, 2017 at the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) conference in Portland Oregon, Dr. Derevensky was awarded the Lifetime Research Award. This award is given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the field of gambling research that has had a profound impact on the study of gambling. This award is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of research in the field of gambling studies.

    Dr. Derevensky Named James McGill Professor

    The Faculty of Education at McGill University is pleased to announce that Professor Jeffrey Derevensky has received the prestigious James McGill Professor Award. Created in parallel with the federal Canada Research Chair (CRC) program, the James McGill Professor Award recognizes a tenured scholar's status as an "outstanding researcher of world-class caliber and an international leader in his or her field similar to that of a CRC Tier 1 chair holder."

    WLA Endorses the Holiday Lottery Campaign

    Thank you to the World Lottery Association (WLA) for their endorsement of the Lottery Holiday Campaign. This will mark the ninth year that the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors at McGill University and the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) have partnered with lotteries in North America and around the world to share the message that lottery tickets should not be purchased as holiday gifts for children. This widely supported corporate social responsibility campaign is also endorsed by the European Lotteries Association (EL) and NASPL. We are confident that the WLA endorsement will increase the global reach of this initiative!


    Centre Fundraising Campaign in Full Swing

    The Centre's ongoing fundraising campaign continues to grow with the support of corporate and private sponsors. Due to restricted government infrastructure funding, we have initiated a fundraising campaign to help us maintain our ability to develop and deploy empirically-based prevention and harm-minimization programs. The Centre is housed on McGill University's main campus in the heart of Montreal, Canada. McGill University is a public university and recognized charitable organization Donations can be made to:

    The International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors
    McGill University
    3724 McTavish Street
    Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2

    Official letters of contributions and tax receipts will be forwarded.

    Dr. Derevensky on Frontline

    On February 9, 2016, Dr. Derevensky appeared on the PBS Frontline show discussing Daily Fantasy Sports. Watch the trailer here. This is a followup to the New York Times story from October 2015.

    Dr. Derevensky Interviewed by the New York Times

    Dr. Derevensky is quoted in the October 15, 2015 edition of the New York Times in an article concerning Fantasy Sports. Read the complete story here.