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


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'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.


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. In 2019, she competed in the 3 Minute Thesis competition, winning the CQU final and People's Choice Award, and represented CQU in the Asia Pacific finals.

Tess' 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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Brenton Williams (PhD Student)

Brenton Williams completed his Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) at Central Queensland University in 2017.

Brenton's PhD examines the psychological characteristics associated with both gambling fallacies and gambling outcomes expectancies.

More details can be found on Brenton's student profile.


Cailem Murray Boyle

Cailem Murray Boyle (MSc Student)

Cailem Murray Boyle completed his Bachelor of Science in 2016 at the University of Queensland. Cailem is currently employed as a research worker at CQUniversity and specialises in statistical support and research project management. Cailem is also engaged in a Masters of Research at CQUniversity within the EGRL.

Cailem’s MSc examines the potential for assessing gambling related harm independently from behavioural addiction. More details can be found on Cailem’s student profile.