Dr. Debi LaPlante
DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & ACADEMIC AFFAIRS, DIVISION ON ADDICTION | ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Cambridge Health Alliance | Harvard Medical School
Debi LaPlante, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and the Director of Research & Academic Affairs at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School Teaching Hospital. She is involved in several emerging research projects including, but not limited to: (1) the development of new self-help and intervention tools for gambling-related problems; (2) new research on actual daily fantasy sports play patterns; (3) the intersection of mental health and DUI behaviour; and (4) resilience and recovery among tribal youth who struggle with chemical dependency. Dr. LaPlante currently is involved in the evaluation of responsible gambling tools and programs in an emerging gambling market, including technology-based play management software, voluntary self-exclusion, and onsite responsible gambling resources centres. She is an active contributor to the scientific literature, and has secured state, federal, private foundation, and other funding for research and conferences. At the Division, she plays an active role in public outreach activities, such as The Brief Addiction Science Information Source (www.basisonline.org) and public initiatives, such as Gambling Disorder Screening Day.
Evaluating Responsible Gambling Programs in Emerging Gambling Markets
Dr. Debi LaPlante will speak about the need for independent evaluation of responsible gambling programs in emerging gambling markets. As gambling opportunities around the world continue to expand, regulators, industry professionals, public health stakeholders, researchers, and others continue to think about and develop new ways to help people who want to gamble to do so responsibly. Evaluation of such opportunities is essential to ensuring that such efforts provide benefits and avoid unintended harms. As part of this discussion, Dr. LaPlante will present new research related to the GameSense program offered at Plainridge Park Casino in Massachusetts, USA. She will discuss findings from patron surveys, plans for additional evaluation, and implications for GameSense in Massachusetts and beyond.