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Dr. Ken Winters | 2014 Speakers

Director, Center for Adolescent

Substance Abuse Research

Minnesota, USA

Dr. Ken Winters is a professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, and a senior scientist with the Treatment Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Winters received his BA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His primary research interests are the assessment and treatment of addictions, including drug abuse and problem gambling.

Dr. Winters is on the editorial board of the Journal of Gambling Studies as well as the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment and the Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. He has received numerous problem gambling research grants from the State of Minnesota and the Institute on Problem Gambling and Related Disorders, and was the 2005 recipient of the Senior Investigator Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming. Dr. Winters is a frequent publisher, speaker and trainer, and he is a consultant to many organizations, including the Hazelden Foundation, The Partnership at DrugFree.Org, the Mentor Foundation, and the National Center for Responsible Gaming, for whom he is the chair of its Science Advisory Board.

This is Your Brain on Adolescence: A Developmental View of Problem Gambling and Other Addictions

Adolescence is a period of significant brain development. Research now suggests that the human brain is still maturing during the adolescent years, with changes continuing into the mid-20s. This emerging science provides a useful framework for understanding adolescent behaviour, including why youth is a period of high susceptibility to problem gambling and other addictive disorders. The implications of this new knowledge for prevention and treatment will also be discussed.

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