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Dr. Jeffrey L. Derevensky | 2017 Speakers



Department of Educational & Counselling Psycology | School/Applied Child Psycology | Psychiatry | International Centre for Youth Gambling

Jeffrey L. Derevensky, PhD, is a child psychologist, Professor, and Director of Clinical Training in School/Applied Child Psychology, Chair of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology; and Professor, Department of Psychiatry at McGill University where he is the Director of the McGill University Youth Gambling Research and Treatment Clinic and the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors. He is on the editorial board of numerous journals and is a consultant to hospitals, school boards, gaming corporations and governments throughout the world.

He is the author of over 200 published refereed peer-reviewed journal articles, 65 book chapters, and 3 books. Dr. Derevensky has been the recipient of multiple research, clinical and training awards. He is considered an international expert in the field of gambling studies and behavioural addictions, and has testified before legislative committees in North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

Fantasy Sports Wagering: Should We Be Concerned?

Participation in sports wagering and fantasy sports gambling continues to grow at an unprecedented rate. Provincial lottery corporations, through Sports Select tickets, offer opportunities to wager on sporting events. Other lottery corporations have licensed professional sports teams on their scratch lottery tickets to appeal to young males. With respect to fantasy sports wagering, what initially began as a friendly form of entertainment allowing friends to compete with each other has grown into a multimillion dollar industry with major corporations making huge investments in fantasy sports operations. While much is known about player preferences and wagering behaviour, little is known as to whether this form of gambling, both seasonal and daily fantasy sports wagering, is problematic. Data from past published research, the National Collegiate Athletic Association survey on gambling issues, and large high school student populations will explore the relationship between sports wagering and problem/disordered gambling. Recommendations for prevention and treatment providers, policy experts and regulators will be provided.

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