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Dr. Alex Blaszczynski | 2014 Speakers

Professor and Director, Gambling Treatment Clinic and Research, University of Sydney

Sydney, Australia

Dr. Blaszczynski has evaluated randomized treatment outcomes studies using behavioural interventions, assessed the prevalence of depression and suicidality, determined the relationship between crime and gambling, and highlighted the role of impulsivity in pathological gamblers. He developed a conceptual pathways model explaining the etiology of pathological gamblers and has reviewed responsible gambling and harm minimization strategies. He was chairman of the Working Party for the Australian Psychological Society and is currently the editor-in-chief of International Gambling Studies.

Dr. Blaszczynski received the American Council of Problem Gambling Directors Award in 1995, the National Centre for Responsible Gambling Senior Investigator’s Research Award in 2004, and most recently, the New South Wales Government’s Responsible Gambling Fund’s Excellence Award for contributions to gambling in 2013.

The Reno Model: 10 Years Later

Co–presented with Dr. Robert Ladouceur

In 2004, three prominent researchers assembled to tackle an interesting challenge: how to reconcile the various approaches of major stakeholders interested in promoting more responsible approaches to gambling. The result was the development of a new framework for responsible gambling, commonly referred to as The Reno Model.

Ten years after the publication of A Science-Based Framework for Responsible Gambling: The Reno Model, Dr. Alex Blaszczynski and Dr. Robert Ladouceur will discuss how they (including Harvard medical school’s Dr. Howard Shaffer) came together to write the framework; what need did they feel they were addressing; what factors influenced the writing of the paper; and, how was it received by the various stakeholders? In addition, they will discuss their own perspectives on how the gambling industry has changed since The Reno Model was released, and what they see as the important emerging trends impacting continued development in the field of responsible gambling.


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