Gambling and Substance Use Studies

Principal Investigator Biography: Darren R. Christensen received his PhD in psychology from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has previously worked at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and the University of Melbourne examining the efficacy of contingency management as a treatment for substance dependence and problem gambling. He is an associate professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences and a Board of Governors Research Chair (Tier II) at the University of Lethbridge, a senior research fellow sponsored by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute, and has honorary research status at the University of Melbourne and at Lincoln University. His research includes developing behavioural treatments for problem gambling, counselling for problem gambling, evaluations of the effectiveness of harm minimisation measures, investigations of regular opioid antagonist dosing on gambling urge and brain function, opioid agonist replacement therapies, and electroencephalogram studies.