The Center for Gambling Studies was created in 2007 and serves as the only gambling research and policy center in a School of Social Work in the U.S. The Center provides a resource for clinicians, legislators, academics, students, and other policymakers in the State of New Jersey and internationally.
The Center's mission is to drive global decision-making on gambling-related issues by conducting strategic, non-partisan research and policymaking that is international and multidisciplinary and by initiating innovative training and intervention programs to benefit individuals and families adversely affected by gambling problems.
Specifically, our core aims are:
- To establish collaborative teams to investigate legal, economic, and public health issues related to all aspects of gambling and to design multi-sector prevention, intervention and treatment interventions for problem gamblers and their families.
- To evaluate gambling-related policy issues and design frameworks to inform legislation, program-planning, and research with global application.
- To train mental healthcare providers and graduate students in the evidence-based evaluation and treatment of problem gambling