Research Coordinators

The Institute Research Coordinators identify and stimulate research interest in gambling at each of the three universities affiliated with the Institute.

Dr. David Hodgins | ORCiD: | ResearcherID: F-4201-2011
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Calgary
Phone: (403) 220-3371(403) 220-3371
Fax: (403) 282-8249

Dr. David C. Hodgins is a professor in the Program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary. Dr. Hodgins is also the Head, Department of Psychology and a coordinator with the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. His research interests focus on various aspects of addictive behaviours including relapse and recovery from substance abuse and gambling disorders. He has conducted a number of randomized clinical trials of both brief and more traditional addiction treatment models.  The self-directed treatment model focused on in this project is recognized as an evidence-based treatment by the United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. In 2010, he received the Scientific Achievement Award from the US National Center for Responsible Gaming.  Dr. Hodgins teaches in the clinical psychology program and has an active cadre of graduate students. He maintains a private practice in Calgary in addition to providing consultation to a number of organizations internationally.

Dr. Garry Smith
Gambling Research Specialist
Faculty of Extension
University of Alberta 
Phone: (780) 492-2770(780) 492-2770
Fax: (780) 492-8265

Dr. Smith has been a professor in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta for the past 25 years.  He is now with the Department of Government Studies where he works with the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.  Dr. Smith has been researching gambling public policy issues for 20 years, his scholarly contributions include; numerous articles in academic journals, book chapters, and presentations at national and international conferences.  Dr. Smith was co-author of several studies that examined the gambling patterns and behaviors of adult and adolescent Albertans and was the principal investigator on studies dealing with gambling-related crime and the impacts of video lottery terminal gambling. Dr. Smith has appeared frequently in the national media commenting on gambling issues, most notably on CBC’s “The National,” “Newsday” and “The Fifth Estate” and on “Score” and TSN documentaries dealing with sports betting.

Dr. Robert Williams
Faculty of Health Sciences
University of Lethbridge
Phone: (403) 382-7128(403) 382-7128
Fax: (403) 329-2668

Dr. Williams is a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge, in Lethbridge, Alberta and also a Research Coordinator for the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.  Dr. Williams teaches courses on gambling; provides frequent consultation to government, industry, the media, and public interest groups; regularly gives expert witness testimony on the impacts of gambling; and is a co-editor of International Gambling Studies.   Dr. Williams is a leading authority in the areas of:  prevention of problem gambling; Internet gambling; the socioeconomic impacts of gambling, the proportion of gambling revenue deriving from problem gamblers; the prevalence and nature of gambling in Aboriginal communities; the etiology of problem gambling; and best practices in the population assessment of problem gambling.