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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.









2017 Durand Jacobs Award Winner

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the recipient of the 2017 Durand Jacobs Award is Christina Rash for her paper entitled "Self-generated motives for not gambling among young adult non-gamblers." 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 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!




























Upcoming Addresses and Presentations

Research conducted by Dr. Derevensky and other colleagues will be presented over the following months:

  • Marchica, L. & Derevensky, J. (2017). A decade of fantasy sports: An examination of student-athlete participation. Poster to be presented at the American Psychological Association annual conference, Washington, DC, August.
  • Pitt, H., Thomas, S., Bestman, A., Daube, M. and Derevensky, J. (2017). The factors influencing children's attitudes and gambling consumption intensions. Paper to be presented at the American Public Health Association annual meeting, Atlanta, November.

  • Centre Awards

    In June 2017, at the 78th annual convention of the Canadian Psychological Association in Toronto, Ontario, our Ph.D. student Loredana Marchica's poster titled "A comparative analysis of Canadian University policies towards alcohol, drugs and gambling" received the poster award within the Educational Psychology division.

    Post-Doctoral Position

    An immediate opening for a post-doctoral fellow focused upon studying youth risk-taking behaviors is available. A doctorate degree in developmental, clinical, school/applied, social, experimental or health psychology, addictions research, or related field is required. Fluency in French is an asset. An understanding of addictions is beneficial but not required. The candidate must have skills in statistical analyses and research methodology, and experience in using SPSS and/or SAS for data analyses. The successful candidate should be highly motivated, have strong library research skills, experience in academic writing, strong analytic skills, and be able to conduct field-based research projects independently. We are searching for someone who is independent, yet who enjoys working in a collaborative environment. We are offering either a one-year or two-year position. Salary is commensurate with other post-doctoral positions.

    The successful candidate will work in the area of youth risk-taking behaviors and will become an active member of the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. He/she will be responsible to the director of the centre and will work closely with the research faculty and graduate students. Responsibilities will include developing and conducting field-based research studies, data analysis, manuscript writing, assistance with grant writing, and literature searches. The candidate will also contribute toward the development, production, and distribution of a quarterly newsletter. Opportunity to present at national and international conferences is offered and the candidate is expected to publish in peer reviewed journals.

    Please email or mail letter of application, curriculum vitae and three reference letters to:

    Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky
    McGill University
    3724 McTavish Street Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2
    514-398-4249 Tel.
    514-398-3401 Fax
    email Jeffrey.Derevensky@mcgill.ca

    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.