Rachel A. Volberg

Rachel A. Volberg
Research Associate Professor
429 Arnold House


SEIGMA Study Website


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 two major studies funded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission: the Social and Economic Impacts of Gambling in Massachusetts (SEIGMA) study and the Massachusetts Gambling Impact Cohort (MAGIC) 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 throughout North America.

Key Publications: 

Romild, U, Svensson, J & Volberg, R. (2016). A Gender Perspective on Gambling Clusters in Sweden Using Longitudinal Data. Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs 33 (1): 43-59.

Abbott, MW, Romild, U & Volberg, RA. (2014). Gambling and Problem Gambling in Sweden: Changes between 1998 and 2009. Journal of Gambling Studies (available online).

Williams, RJ & Volberg, RA. (2014). The Classification Accuracy of Four Problem Gambling Assessment Instruments in Population Research. International Gambling Studies 14 (1): 15-28.

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.

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.