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Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D.      

Dr. Nower is a Professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies.  Her research focuses on the etiology and treatment of problem and pathological gambling and co-morbid addictive disorders, gambling-related policy issues, psychometric measurement, and elements of recovery. Dr. Nower has served as an NIH pre-doctoral fellow, a Fulbright fellow, and a research intern at the National Research Council at the National Academies.  She is currently Co-Editor of International Gambling Studies and a consultant and grant reviewer for international, national and state agencies. Dr. Nower is also a member of the legislative and research boards and a clinical supervisor for the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington D.C. A former criminal prosecutor, she serves as a forensic consultant in state and federal court cases involving gambling-related crimes. Current research includes developing a sub-group specific screening instrument for problem gamblers, exploring risk and resiliency factors among youth gamblers, and developing diversion programs for individuals charged with gambling-related crimes. Dr. Nower has also co-authored several policy initiatives, including a model for self-exclusion programs and an industry framework promoting informed-choice ingambling venues.

 Wen (Vivien) Li Anthony, Ph.D.    

Dr. Anthony is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work and a Research Associate at the Center for Gambling Studies. Dr. Anthony’s research centers on substance abuse and behavioral addictions, with a focus on video game addiction, and other pathological behaviors related to internet use. Specifically, her research explores the etiology and risk mechanisms of internet and video game addiction, and develops and tests interventions that can ameliorate problem behaviors among adolescents and young adults. Her research interest stems from her practice and research experience with youth and young adults in China and the United States. Her past and current studies have examined characteristics of problematic internet use and video gaming behaviors among U.S. young adults. She has also adapted and pilot tested a mindfulness-based intervention for video game addiction among young adults. In addition, her work investigates the role of substance abuse and addictions in interpersonal violence. 

Mark van der Maas, Ph.D.

 Dr.  van der Maas  is an assistant professor at School of Social Work. He received his Masters and PhD in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 2009 and 2015 respectively. His dissertation focused on demonstrating that the relationships between problem gambling and  common mental health correlates were in part dependent on the social and financial resources that respondents possessed.

Dr. van der Maas also held a postdoctoral fellowship from 2015-2019 at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research in Toronto.  His postdoctoral research focused on how trends in gambling provision expose marginalized or vulnerable populations to increased risk of harm as a result of gambling.  This research has included studies of generational differences in gambling behaviors and attitudes among older adult cohorts, the development of a province-wide online environment for treating problem gambling, and a demonstration of an association between an increased risk of problem gambling and promotional tactics of gambling vendors. 

In addition to his interests in gambling, he is also interested in topics related to the medicalization of deviant behaviours, alcohol and cannabis use, the stigmatization of mental health and substance use problems, and problem mobile device use. 

Ray Cho, Ph.D.

Dr. Cho is a Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Center for Gambling Studies (CGS) at Rutgers University. Dr. Cho earned his Ph.D. in Hospitality from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. He has spent over 15 years in the hospitality and gaming sector, a majority of which were in leadership roles. His research has been focused on data-driven change and the efficacy of marketing tactics in the gaming industry. At the CGS, Dr. Cho is involved with research related to sports betting and casino player evaluation. He hopes to inform policy and prevention by studying the precursors of gambling budget increases.


Jackie F. Stanmyre, MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Jackie Stanmyre is the Assistant Director of the Center for Gambling Studies within the Rutgers University School of Social Work. She is licensed in the state of New Jersey as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC). Her research, broadly looking at addiction and gambling, focuses specifically on sports wagering. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, she worked in various treatment agencies addressing issues of substance use disorder, mental illness and criminal behavior, first as a clinician and more recently as a clinical supervisor. As a masters-level research assistant, she explored topics including the utility of “hope” and “resilience” in recovery from addiction, the prevalence of addiction articles in social work literature, and remote counseling and treatment needs of Alaska Natives. She assisted Dr. Lia Nower with preparing a report for former Gov. Christie on prevalence, demographics, harm reduction strategies and mental health implications of internet gambling, in the state’s preparation for pending legislation.


E. A. Peters is a research analyst at the Center for Gambling Studies with the Rutgers School of Social Work. Prior to joining the Center, she was responsible for data management and statistical analysis for the Research and Policy Division at The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse. She brings years of experience with large datasets to the Center for Gambling Studies.


Ryan DiMeglio, MSW, LCSW, LCADC

Ryan DiMeglio is the Program Coordinator of the Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate. The center is affiliated with Rutgers School of Social Work Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Certificate Program, a collaboration initiated with New Jersey’s Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Rutgers Center on Alcohol Studies. The ACT certificate program is open to master’s and doctoral-level clinicians who wish to become licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselors (LCADC) in the State of New Jersey. The program provides a six-course curriculum that covers all five domains and the education and supervision hours needed for the LCADC license in New Jersey.
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