Dr. Wood is a psychologist who specializes in the study of gaming behaviour. He has published numerous gambling related articles, presented his findings at conferences and seminars around the world and undertaken research and gaming consultations for more than 80 gaming companies and regulators. His research focuses on developing and evaluating responsible gaming strategies. In particular, Dr Wood investigates both the individual causes of problem gambling as well as the structural characteristics of games that can influence the gambling behaviour of vulnerable players. He has developed cutting edge responsible gaming tools such as Gamgard, that informs the development of socially responsible game design, as well as Gamtalk, designed to provide free online support for people with all levels of gambling related issues. Most recently, Dr Wood led the development of the Positive Play Scale, the first ever empirical scale for measuring levels of responsible play in player populations.
Dr. Michael Wohl is a Professor of Psychology at Carleton University. The majority of his work has focused on factors that predict problematic gambling behaviour (e.g., persistent play in the face of continued loss). His current focus includes, among other things, factors that facilitate responsible gambling (e.g., monetary limit setting and adherence), social casino gaming, and barriers to treatment seeking among disordered gamblers. This research is conducted, in part, in the Carleton University Gambling Laboratory (a state-of-the-art casino lab). Dr Wohl, was a co-developer of the Positive Play Scale.
Dr. Wohl has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers and is the receipt of Carleton’s Research Achievement Award. To facilitate his gambling research, Wohl has received funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, Ontario Problem Gambling Researcher Centre (now Gambling Research Exchange Ontario), National Center for Responsible Gambling, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and Manitoba Gambling Research Program.
Dr. Nassim Tabri (Ph.D. Concordia University) is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Mental Health and Addictions Laboratory at Carleton University. His research focuses on, among other things, how different transdiagnostic factors (e.g., overvalued ideation, perfectionism, and impulsivity) may function together to proliferate and maintain engagement in various health compromising behaviours, including disordered eating and gambling as well as other addictive behaviours (e.g., compulsive buying, substance use). Dr. Tabri is also a co-developer of the Positive Play Scale. He has published 31 peer-reviewed papers. To facilitate his gambling research, Dr. Tabri has received research funding from Carleton University, Gambling Research Exchange Ontario, and International Center for Responsible Gambling.
Sabrina has many years of experience managing online support services, organizing electronic databases, and developing web-based materials. Sabrina has also worked as a healthcare professional in both Canada and the UK which has given her an excellent understanding of the issues related to unhealthy behaviour patterns and vulnerable populations. Sabrina coordinates most of the online resources and activities that Gamres undertakes.