Rachel Volberg presents at the Alberta Gambling Research Institute’s 21st Annual Conference

Banff, Alberta, Canada -- June 23-25, 2022

Alberta Gambling Research Institute’s 21st Annual Conference theme this year was "Back to the Centre: Back to the Future of Gambling Research".

Rachel Volberg participated in a panel discussion titled "How can Lower Risk Gambling Guidelines reduce harm? Implementation ideas" with Nicki Dowling (Professor at Deakin University in Australia), Heather Gray (Director of Academic Affairs at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance), and Jakob Jonsson (Swedish clinical psychologist at Sustainable Interaction) as well as presenting a talk titled "The Social and Economic Impacts of a Resort-style Casino in Western Massachusetts". 

Rachel Volberg contributes to Cambridge Health Alliance's Ask an Expert course

Cambridge, MA -- June 21, 2022

Ask an Expert: Learning about Problem Gambling from Researchers, Clinicians, Advocates, and People with Lived Experience is a free training opportunity consisting of 10, 1-hour continuing education modules that offer allied health providers the opportunity to learn about problem gambling treatment.

The course is available freely and on-demand through the MA Technical Assistance Center for Problem Gambling Treatment (M-TAC) website. You'll find the Ask an Expert course, as well as a new narrative-based course about problem gambling, here:  Learners can earn up to 10 CEU credits for Ask an Expert and 2 CEU credits for the narrative-based course. 

If you'd like to try it out, or even complete the course yourself, you're welcome to do so. Although only learners in Massachusetts are able to complete M-TAC's live trainings, anyone can complete our on-demand courses once they register within the M-TAC learning management system. 

Rachel Volberg interviewed by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about $1M poker jackpot

Pittsburgh, PA -- June 09, 2022

The Rivers Casino Pittsburgh is poised to pay out the largest 'bad beat' poker jackpot in U.S. history where the winning table will share the prize currently over $1 million. 

“It's got the added dimension of anybody who can get into the game is going to have some kind of a prize that's substantial,” Rachel Volberg said. “And if that's the case, then you know, that does of course make it interesting and attractive to people who want to take a chance on maybe a life-changing event.”

You can read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story here.

UMDI's Tom Peake speaks to New England Public Media about COVID Impacts Report

Springfield, MA -- April 21, 2022 

Tom Peake, Sr. Research Analyst, UMass Donahue Institute, spoke to Carrie Healy at New England Public Media about the key findings from a COVID Impacts report of the three Massachusetts casinos. 

Listen to the full interview here


The UMass Press Release by Ken LeBlond can be found here.

Additional media coverage of the release of the SEIGMA COVID Impacts Report can be found at the following news outlets:


State House News Service

Salem News 



Rachel Volberg speaks to ECPG LIVE! on Retirement, Health and Gambling

March 17, 2022

The Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling in Washington State is hosing a live event, ECPG LIVE!, for a discussion on retirement, healthy living, and the potential ripple effects of gambling-related problems with special guests Brent Neiser of What's Next with Money and Rachel Volberg of Gemini ResearchECPG LIVE! will be broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube. If you miss the live event, you can still watch it on YouTube

Retirement, Health, and Gambling 

Hosted by:

Assistant Director
Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling

With Special Guests:

Brent Neiser, CFP, AFC
CEO of What’s Next with Money

Rachel Volberg, PhD
President of Gemini Research

GREO releases report on gambling-related harm

Guelph, ON -- October 1, 2021

This report, Prevention and Education Review: Gambling-Related Harm, is the result of a multi-year collaboration with top international safer gambling experts. It establishes a comprehensive and up-to-date evidence base for policies, programmes, and practices that aim to reduce gambling harm through prevention and education strategies. SEIGMA's Rachel Volberg contributed to this report as a member of the Advisory Committee. 

SPHHS Dean's Seminar Series - Rachel Volberg

Amherst -- September 21, 2021

Research Professor of Epidemiology Rachel Volberg delivered the SPHHS Dean's Seminar "Monitoring Casino Impacts in Massachusetts: Honing Strategies and Preventing Harm". Watch her talk here.

CFOs might be at greater risk of problem gambling

September 24, 2021 -- Amherst, MA

SEIGMA PI, Rachel Volberg, weighs in on CFOs and problem gambling in a new article for CFODive: CFOs might be at greater risk of problem gambling. She stated that the fiduciary responsibilities a CFO has can present real problems and that “transparency with senior management is the utmost importance.”


Bad With Money Podcast Host Gaby Dunn Interviews Rachel Volberg

September 15, 2021 -- Amherst, MA

Rachel Volberg joins host Gaby Dunn in the newest episode of her podcast, Bad with Money, for a discussion about the science of gambling addiction.

Here is the description of the latest epidode "Winning Money On TV & Gambling:

"Gaby shares their secret desire to try out for Jeopardy! and their love of casinos. Then, they have a nerdy and delightful conversation with bisexual flag pin Jeopardy! star Cody Lawrence all about the intricacies of that game show, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, and Wheel of Fortune, and also Cody's obsession with winning money on TV. Finally, Gaby interviews UMass Amherst professor and gambling expert Dr. Rachel Volberg about what happens to our brains when we're winning money and what the downsides and red flags are for a gambling addiction."

Rachel Volberg featured in The Republican

August 8, 2021 -- Amherst, MA

Rachel Volberg captured the front page of The Republican newspaper today (link) to highlight her extensive experience in gambling research which began over 35 years ago. Rachel was recently awarded the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) 2021 Lifetime Reseach Award. The NCPG "believes that at one point she had conducted more global gambling studies than the rest of the research field put together."