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Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory

Experimental Gambling and Research Laboratory LogoThe mission of the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory (EGRL) is to support understanding of games of chance, through experiment, simulation, and observation.

If you would like to join our research panel (LEWIS) and take part in our research, please contact the panel team at lewis@cqu.edu.au

Key Research Personnel
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Professor Matthew Rockloff (Head of Lab)

Professor Matthew Rockloff received a PhD in psychology from Florida Atlantic University in 1999. Dr Rockloff has been honoured as a Jack Walker Scholar and twice as an Aurel B. Newell Fellow. Dr Rockloff was named in the Top 15 Unijobs Lecturer of the Year Awards in 2011, 2012 and 2013, and received the 2017 Ig Nobel award in Economics for research exploring how contact with live crocodiles influences people’s willingness to gamble.

Professor Rockloff’s research interests include: psychological risk-factors for problem gambling; gambling harm; utility of gambling enjoyment and structural characteristics of electronic gaming machines (EGMs or pokies).

For more information on Professor Matthew Rockloff, including a list of publications, please view Matthew's profile.


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Professor Nerilee Hing (Research Professor - Gambling Studies)

Professor Nerilee Hing has a PhD (Gambling Studies) from the University of Western Sydney. She was Founding Director of the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University (2003-2016) before commencing as a Research Professor (Gambling Studies) at CQUniversity.

Professor Hing’s research interests include: responsible gambling; problem gambling; gambling amongst vulnerable populations; online gambling; sports betting and race betting; gambling advertising; problem gambling stigma; and help-seeking for gambling problems.

For more information on Professor Nerilee Hing, including a list of publications, please view Nerilee's profile.


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Associate Professor Matthew Browne (Associate Professor - Psychology)

Associate Professor Matthew Browne completed a PhD in psychophysiology methodology in 2002, publishing several novel methods for the analysis of EEG recordings. He has since held continuing posts in major international research organisations including CSIRO and the Fraunhofer Gesslschaft (Institute for Autonomous Systems).

His main interests lie in the application of statistical and machine learnings methodologies across several disciplines (but especially social science and psychology). He acts as a consulting statistician across the school, contributing to a number of projects across the fields of health and social sciences. He also has an active research program in gambling-related harm, addiction, and delusional beliefs.

For more information on Associate Professor Matthew Browne, including a list of publications, please view Matthew's profile.


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Associate Professor George Stuart (Associate Professor - Psychology)

Associate Professor George Stuart was awarded the University of Wales' Hywel Murrell Undergraduate Prize in 1992 and received a PhD in psychology from the University of Wales in 1996. He has been a research grant reviewer and rapporteur for the UK Government Economic and Social Research Council, and in 2006 he won the Italian National Concorso (competition) for Assegnista di Ricerca (Research Fellowship) in psychology from the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MIUR). In the same year, he was the first foreign national to be appointed to a post in the Department of Psychology at the Università Cattolica in Milan, since it’s inauguration in 1921. Between 2011 and 2016, Dr Stuart was Head of Department for Psychology, Social Work and Sociology at CQUniversity.

Associate Professor Stuart’s research interests include: Structural characteristics of electronic gaming machines (EGMs), the effects of alcohol and gender on EGM gambling and the underlying psychology of conspiracy beliefs.

For more information on Associate Professor George Stuart, including a list of publications, please view George's profile.


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Dr Alex Russell (Senior Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr Alex Russell completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2014. During his PhD he developed an interest in statistical analysis, and started working in gambling research in 2011, at the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University. In 2016, he moved to the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory at CQUniversity as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow. He has been awarded with publication prizes from 2012-2014, and again in 2017.

Dr Russell’s research interests focus on gambling behaviour, including: social influences; sports betting; impulse betting; wagering advertising, promotions and inducements; the emergence of new technologies including Internet gambling, social media and social casino games; responsible gambling behaviours; gambling-related stigma; innovative research methodologies and statistics. He is also interested in: taste and smell perception, particularly wine perception; wine expertise and odour-colour synaesthesia.

For more information on Dr Alex Russell, including a list of publications, please view Alex's profile.


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Dr Lisa Lole (Lecturer - Psychology)

Dr Lisa Lole completed her PhD at the University of Wollongong in 2014, studying the psychophysiological basis of reward and punishment sensitivity in problem gambling. She is currently a lecturer in research methods and statistics in the psychology field of the School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences at CQUniversity.

Dr Lole’s primary research interest is in the psychology and psychophysiology of gambling behaviours. She is also interested in the field of addiction more generally, as well as how various forms of addiction impact the development of young people and an individual's physical and mental health.

For more information on Dr Lisa Lole, including a list of publications, please  view Lisa's profile.


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Dr En Li (Senior Lecturer - Marketing)

Dr En Li completed his PhD at the University of Sydney in 2011. He has been honoured with the Beta Gamma Sigma lifetime membership as well as the World Business Institute fellowship, and has received best/excellent paper awards twice. He was also a Top 15 Unijobs Lecturer of the Year in Australia in 2013.

Dr Li’s primary research interests include: gambling and addictive behaviours; marketing persuasion; affect and emotion; attention and perception; and ethnicity.

For more inforrmation on Dr En Li, including a list of publications, please view En's profile.

PhD Students and Research Assistants
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Nancy Greer (PhD Student)

Nancy Greer completed her Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at the University of Queensland in 2004. In addition to her PhD studies, she has assisted with various EGRL projects, including research on gambling and domestic violence against women, the effects of wagering and marketing on vulnerable adults, the social cost of gambling, gambling-related harms, mobile pokie apps impact on gambling behaviour, innovations in traditional gambling products, and social facilitation and gambling. Prior to Nancy’s work at CQUniversity, she was involved in large scale research projects on homelessness, drugs and alcohol, and separated families.

She has won awards, including an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) Scholarship, NAGS 2017 Student Conference Scholarship, and an Ig Nobel Prize in Economics for research exploring how contact with live crocodiles influences people’s willingness to gamble.

Nancy Greer’s PhD examines eSports betting and skin gambling. More details can be found on Nancy’s student profile.


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Tess Armstrong (PhD Student)

Tess Armstrong completed her honours in psychology at Central Queensland University in 2013. In addition to her PhD work, she has assisted with various EGRL projects, including exploring the impacts of technology on the provision of gambling products, quantifying the cost of problem gambling, and gambling over the life course. In 2016, she received the Student Presentation Award from the National Association of Gambling Studies for her presentation on the structural features of automated and digitised gambling products.

Tess Armstrong’s PhD examines the utility of analytical thinking in protecting against erroneous gambling beliefs and gambling problems. More details can be found on Tess’ student profile.


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Hannah Brajkovich (née Thorne), (PhD Student)

Hannah Brajkovich (née Thorne) completed her honours in psychology at the University of Otago in 2005. In addition to her PhD work, she has assisted with various EGRL projects, including examining the impact of sports betting advertising on youth, the gambling environment preferences of recreational versus problem gamblers, and how gambling can harm the community.

Hannah Brajkovich’s PhD examines the relationship between sleep, alcohol and gambling. In 2018, she represented CQUniversity at the Asia Pacific Three Minute Thesis (3MT) finals, presenting her PhD findings. More details can be found on Hannah’s student profile.


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Vijay Rawat (Research Worker)

Vijay obtained his Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Honours) at Victoria University in 2013. His thesis examined sleep disturbances and psychological distress among Australian paramedics. Vijay has been involved in a wide range of research projects in the social sciences field, including several gambling related projects.

He has received numerous awards for his work, including from the Australian Psychological Society, the National Association for Gambling Studies (AU), and the National Centre for Responsible Gaming (US). His research interests include homelessness and animal-assisted therapy.

More details can be found on Vijay's profile.

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