Gaming Commissioners to Meet UMass Amherst Gambling Research Team on Campus on April 15


DATE:           Tuesday, April 15

TIME:            Noon to 12:45 p.m.

WHAT:          Media availability with lead researchers and Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair Stephen Crosby and Commissioner Enrique Zuniga

WHERE:       904 Campus Center

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chair Stephen Crosby and Commissioner Enrique Zuniga will be on campus Tuesday, April 15, to hear updates from the UMass Amherst-led research team now conducting a six-year, $3.64 million research project on the social and economic impacts of casino gambling in Massachusetts, believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Reporters can meet with Crosby, Zuniga and UMass Amherst epidemiologist and team leader Rachel Volberg, an expert in gambling and problem gambling in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

The researchers are developing new strategies for estimating the prevalence of problem gambling, for example, and for studying traffic and crime impacts on Massachusetts communities, how economic, fiscal, social and health impacts will be studied and on gambling addiction treatment evaluation methods. Volberg and colleagues will use a variety of tools to collect information for analysis, such as community and patron surveys, census and labor statistics and other socio-economic indicators. 

Other team members are:

  • Edward Stanek, Krishna Poudel, Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio, Amanda Houpt and Martha Zorn of the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences
  • Laurie Salame of the UMass Amherst Hospitality and Tourism Management Department
  • Robert Williams of the University of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
  • Dan Hodge, Rebecca Loveland and Lindsay Koshgarian of the UMass Donahue Institute
  • Natasha Schull of the Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT
  • Mark Nichols of the University of Nevada, Reno