MAGIC Webinar -- March 31, 2021

The Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) study is the first major cohort study of gambling in the United States. The study collected data from the same people at five time points between 2013 and 2019 which spanned the opening of Plainridge Park Casino and MGM Springfield. The SEIGMA/MAGIC team is currently working on a comprehensive report to provide summative findings from all waves of the study.

To disseminate these important findings, the SEIGMA/MAGIC team held a two-hour event from 10am – 12pm on March 31, 2021 to coincide with Problem Gambling Awareness Month. The event began with a one-hour presentation of preliminary findings by MAGIC Co-Principal Investigator, Rob Williams. This presentation will be immediately followed by a one-hour panel discussion with invited panelists representing problem gambling research and prevention activities across the Commonwealth and moderated by MAGIC Co-Principal Investigator Rachel Volberg.

A PDF of the presentation can be found here.

A video recording of the webinar can be found here.

Questions and Answers from the webinar can be found here

NEPR's Coverage on Volberg's Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) Study

NEPR, in UMass Amherst Researchers Taking the Long View With Gambling Research, covers Volberg's MAGIC study, the first major cohort study on gambling conducted in the US.

Volberg: "To my knowledge, this is the 1st time anywhere in the world that a government agency has committed to this type of baseline study prior to the opening of a casino. It is a groundbreaking opportunity for researchers."

Read more here 

Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards gambling cohort study to Volberg and UMass Amherst

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission recently announced that it will partner with a team led by Rachel Volberg to conduct a first-of-its-kind, multi-year cohort study to examine how gambling problems develop over time and thus illuminate the causes of problem gambling. This ground-breaking research project, known as the Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) study, will have significant value as it will highlight factors critical to developing strategic and data-driven problem gambling prevention, treatment and recovery support services in Massachusetts.

Read the full announcement.

Check the press coverage in the links below: