The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Prof. Volberg speaks to WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Prof. Rachel Volberg and SEIGMA principal investigator speaks to WAMC Northeast Public Radio about SEIGMA's research in Massachusetts, public health implications, and responsible gambling initiatives.

Listen to it here.

UMass Amherst research team (SEIGMA) releases findings on the First-Ever Major Cohort Study of Gambling in the U.S.

The Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) research team at UMass Amherst has released a report on the first major adult cohort study of gambling conducted in the United States—the Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC). By surveying the same individuals over time, cohort studies provide information on how gambling and problem gambling develops, progresses, and remits. The goals of the MAGIC study are to 1) uncover and understand populations in Massachusetts who are at a higher risk of experiencing gambling harm and problem gambling and 2) inform the development of effective and efficient prevention and treatment programming in the Commonwealth.

Research professor Dr. Rachel Volberg in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass Amherst and Principal Investigator of the MAGIC study comments on the importance of the cohort study to assess gambling behaviors in Massachusetts:

“Although this report focuses on results from before the opening of MGM Springfield and Encore Boston Harbor, we have already learned a great deal about how gambling problems among Massachusetts adults develop, progress, and remit—information that will assist the Gaming Commission and the Department of Public Health in crafting the right mix of prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery services to effectively minimize and mitigate gambling harm in the Commonwealth.”

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NYT on New York casinos feeling the crunch of competition in the northeast casino market

"Why a $1.2 Billion Gambling Mecca Has Fallen on Hard Times–New York’s newest casinos are already struggling for survival, as an oversaturated market has cannibalized gaming revenue." Read the whole story here.

SEIGMA team offers preliminary glimpse of MGM Springfield impacts at Public Research Day in Springfield

Nine months after MGM Springfield’s opening, the UMass research team gathered at the UMass Center at Springfield to present preliminary information about the social and economic impacts of the casino.

In 2013, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission engaged a research team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst to conduct a comprehensive, multi-year study of the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) to understand the impacts of expanded gaming in Massachusetts. The study established baselines for all social and economic variables that may be affected by expanded gaming, and the team now collects, analyzes, and reports each year to identify the actual impacts in the casino host and surrounding communities, providing key information to policymakers.

On May 15, more than 35 people, largely from the Springfield area, were on hand as the SEIGMA team showcased their latest analysis of Springfield and surrounding communities, including their work on the Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) study. 

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SEIGMA research feat. in GREO Research Snapshot

SEIGMA's research has been featured in a GREO (Gambling Research Exchange of Ontario) Research Snapshot—Who is most likely to treat problem gamblers in Massachusetts? Read the Snapshot here.

Volberg speaks with BBC World Service

Listen to Prof. Rachel Volberg speak with the BBC World Service on problem gambling, gender, and online casino games in Sweden. Listen here. **Clip starts at 7 minutes**

Check Out NEPR's Coverage of MGM Springfield

Check out NEPR's coverage of MGM Springfield, "How's The Springfield Casino Doing?" here. Stay tuned for SEIGMA's reports on the preliminary impacts of MGM Springfield in Springfield this Spring/Summer!

Volberg feat. in ProPublica's Series on the Expansion of Slot Machines across Illinois

SEIGMA's Dr. Rachel Volberg is featured in ProPublica's series on statewide gambling in Illinois examining the expansion of video slot and poker machines and funding for research, prevention, and treatment of problem gambling. Read it here.

SEIGMA research feat. in GREO Research Snapshot

"Gamblers with a lower portion of friends and family who gamble may have a lower risk of developing gambling problems."

Check out SEIGMA's research findings featured in a Gambling Research Exchange of Ontario (GREO) Research Snapshot here.

SEIGMA Blog: SEIGMA Team Releases Most Comprehensive Report on Impacts of Casinos Ever Undertaken and One-Page “Fact Sheets”

The SEIGMA team has officially released the Social and Economic Impacts of Expanded Gambling in Massachusetts: 2018 report--constituting the most in-depth and comprehensive investigation of the impacts of introducing casino gambling ever undertaken--and 10 Fact Sheets, which are one-page briefings that summarize findings of the social and economic impacts of expanded gambling in the Commonwealth. 

Read more here.