Announcing new Division Leadership

The Division is pleased to announce an exciting change in leadership. On February 28, 2019 Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS retired from his role as Director of the Division. Dr. Shaffer will remain active at the Division as a Distinguished Faculty member and in his role on the Harvard Medical School faculty as the Morris…

Upcoming Webinar

We are pleased to announce our next webinar sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Office of Problem Gambling Services. On Thursday April 11th, Drs. Howard J. Shaffer and Heather M. Gray Titled “Situational Practice in the Treatment of Gambling Disorder and Other Expressions of Addiction.” To learn more view the webinar flyer.

The DRAM, Vol. 15(3)

Shots on goal: Depictions of drinking in sports betting commercials Today, as part of our special series on Gambling Disorder, The DRAM reviews a study by Hibai Lopez-Gonzalez and colleagues that examines the depiction of alcohol consumption in online sports betting commercials. Visit The BASIS to read Shots on goal: Depictions of drinking in sports betting…

Join Our Team

Now Hiring! The Division is hiring a Bi-lingual Part-time Summer Research Position (English/Spanish). This is ideal for an undergraduate student who is passionate about addiction and public health, and seeking new and rigorous opportunities to expand their scientific skill set. Read more about this opportunity and apply here.

Research News

The Division is pleased to announce a new research study and partnership: The GVC-Division on Addiction Internet Gambling Research Collaborative. This is a 5-years study on gambling and gambling-related problems among patrons of GVC Holdings PLC, the multinational sports bettering and gaming group. Learn more about this study.


We are proud to announce that Debi A. LaPlante, Ph.D., Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Division on Addiction, is the recipient of the 2018 Scientific Achievement Award. This prestigious award is given by the National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG).

CARS Update

Since its release in June 2017, more than 600 people have registered to use CARS in settings ranging from substance use and DUI treatment programs to court and corrections facilities. During the past year, we released five updates to the tool that improved functionality and enhanced security. Looking ahead, our development team in hard at…

Education Spotlight

The Division is pleased to announce the re-release of its online Continuing Medical Education course Research Methods 101 for the Provider: A Guide to Critical Research Consumption. This course is designed to increase providers’ competence to critically evaluate research by increasing their knowledge of the scientific method, research design, and common biases. Ideally, improvements in knowledge…

Research News

We are pleased to announce a new dataset that has been included in the Transparency Project. This data comes from a study asking an age-old question about the role of industry funded gambling-related research: are there different characteristics, including design/methodologies of responsible gambling (RG), between studies funded by industry compared to other sources? The Transparency…