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Key Research Personnel

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.


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.


Professor Matthew Browne (Professor - Psychology)

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 Professor Matthew Browne, including a list of publications, please view Matthew's profile.


Dr Alex Russell (Senior Postdoctoral Fellow)

Dr Alex Russell completed his PhD in Psychology at the University of Sydney in 2014. He has worked in gambling research since 2011, starting 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 received numerous publication awards. In 2019 he was recognised with a Dean's Award and a Vice-Chancellor's Award, both for Outstanding Research (Early Career), and was one of the 2019 ABC Top 5 Emerging Scientists.

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, social casino games and emerging forms of gambling; 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.


Philip Newall

Dr Philip Newall (Postdoctoral Research Fellow)

Dr Philip Newall completed a PhD in Economics at the University of Stirling in 2016. Philip then completed postdoctoral research fellowships at Technical University Munich and the University of Warwick before joining CQUniversity in October 2019.

Practical experience informs Philip’s gambling research. Philip was previously a high-stakes online poker professional, and elite poker players consider Philip’s books to contain the most accurate advice that is currently available on how to play limit Texas hold’em poker to a world-class standard.

Dr Newall’s research applies findings from behavioural science to gambling. Specifically, he has published research on how some industry practices work to disadvantage gamblers based on common probabilistic biases and decision-making errors.


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


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.


Associate Professor George Stuart (Head of Program - Psychology, Social Work, Sociology)

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.


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.