Rachel A. Volberg

Professional Title: 
Research Associate Professor
Department: 
Epidemiology
Telephone: 
413-545-6700
Campus Address: 
314 Arnold
Education: 

B.C.E. (A level), Aiglon College, Chesières-Villars, Switzerland, 1972; B. A., University of California, San Diego, 1977; Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco, 1983

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Gambling, problem gambling, psychometrics, impact studies, cohort studies

Research Description: 

Dr. Volberg has been involved in epidemiological research on gambling and problem gambling since 1985 and has directed or consulted on numerous gambling studies throughout the world. In 1988, Dr. Volberg was the first investigator to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health to study the prevalence of problem gambling in the general population. Dr. Volberg is currently the Principal Investigator on the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study. In addition to her work in Massachusetts, Dr. Volberg is working on projects in Canada to assess the impacts of the introduction of online gambling and to identify best practices in population assessments of problem gambling. She is a member of research teams in Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden conducting large-scale longitudinal cohort studies to identify predictors of transitions into and out of gambling and problem gambling. Dr. Volberg has published extensively, presented at national and international conferences, and testified before legislative committees in states and provinces throughout North America.

Key Publications: 

Williams, RJ & Volberg, RA. (2014).  The Classification Accuracy of Four Problem Gambling Assessment Instruments in Population Research.  International Gambling Studies (available online).

Petry, NM, Blanco, C, Stinchfield, R & Volberg, RA. (2013).  An Empirical Evaluation of Proposed Changes for Gambling Diagnosis in the DSM-5.  Addiction 108 (3): 575-581.

Mathews, M & Volberg, RA. (2013).  Impact of Problem Gambling on Financial, Emotional and Social Well-being of Singaporean Families.  International Gambling Studies 13 (1): 127-140.

Volberg, RA, Munck, IM, Petry, NM. (2011). A Quick and Simple Screening Method for Pathological and Problem Gamblers in Addiction Programs and Practices. American Journal on Addictions 20 (3): 220-227. (Voted one of the ‘Top 10’ articles on addiction by American Society of Addiction Medicine in 2011-2012.)

Volberg, RA & Wray, M. (2007). Legal Gambling and Problem Gambling as Mechanisms of Social Domination: Some Considerations for Future Research.  American Behavioral Scientist 51 (1): 56-85.

Rachel A. Volberg Curriculum Vitae