Dr. Lia Nower, Professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies & Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Program, is this year’s recipient of the Research Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in Washington, D.C. She has also been named chair of the NCPG’s Research Committee for 2019-2021.
The research award will be presented at the NCPG’s 33rd National Conference on July 19 in Denver, Colorado. The award is given to an international scholar whose work has made a significant global impact and has published the best original peer-reviewed research article on problem and pathological gambling within the past year. The research must contribute substantially to the understanding of this disorder and include the impact, quality and relevance to gamblers and their families.
Dr. Nower was selected based on her body of work and, specifically, a paper published last year in SUCHT, the premier addiction journal in Germany. That paper, entitled “Widening the Net: A Syndemic Approach to Responsible Gambling,” co-authored with Rutgers alumnus Dr. Kyle Caler, applies a public health framework to identifying individuals with gambling problems across multiple societal systems and triages them to a holistic, integrated resource network. The framework for the article was introduced to regulators at a summit in Berlin last year and serves as the basis for projects in the State of New Jersey.