Global Office Hours

Welcome to Global Office Hours, a free worldwide resource that brings academic expertise and mentorship from around the world to anyone with an internet connection. Global Office Hours is virtual guidance designed for students, young investigators, and other early-career scholars interested in psychology, addiction, and gambling. 

World-renowned Global Office Hours faculty are hand-picked because of their contributions to the field of psychology, addiction, and gambling studies. They are excited to answer questions, share their experiences, and provide mentorship to scholars from all around the globe. Please note: Global Office Hours are conducted in English language and individual clinical cases will not be discussed. 

Anyone can join Global Office Hours via Google Meet. Follow us on Twitter @Div_Addiction to hear the latest on Global Office Hours, including dates, times, and the link to join. Office Hours are first come, first served and for a limited time only.

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Please note all times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 5 – 6 pm EST

Alexander Blaszczynski, PhD
University of Sydney, Australia

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 10 – 11 am EST

Robert Ladouceur, PhD
Université Laval, Québec, Canada

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 10 pm – 11 pm EST

Elda Mei Lo Chan, Grad Dip Family Therapy, MAC, PhD
University of Hong Kong

Meet our Faculty

Howard J. Shaffer, PhD, CAS
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Howard Jeffrey Shaffer is the Morris E. Chafetz Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Behavioral Sciences at Harvard Medical School; in addition, he is Distinguished Faculty at the Cambridge Health Alliance Division on Addiction, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. 

Dr. Shaffer’s research, writing, and teaching have influenced how the health care field conceptualizes and treats the full range of addictive behaviors. His Syndrome Model of Addiction has gained broad acceptance, influencing how we think about both behavioral and substance-related addiction. 

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Elda Mei Lo Chan, Grad Dip Family Therapy, MAC, PhD
University of hong kong

Dr. Elda Mei Lo Chan is currently the Director of St. John’s Cathedral Counselling Service in Hong Kong. She also provides clinical supervision to students from the Hong Kong University, Master in Counselling program. Dr. Chan is an Honorary Faculty Affiliate of the Division on Addiction.  

Dr. Chan has over 25 years of experience in treatment and prevention of mental health and relationship problems including addictive disorders, especially the recent emerged Gaming Disorder, also in couple and family relationship, student counselling and guidance, teacher training, and conduct research in youth resilience, family coping, addictive disorder, mental health recovery, carer support, and cross-cultural differences.

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Robert Ladouceur, PhD
Université Laval de Québec

Dr. Bob Ladouceur is Professor Emeritus at Université Laval, Québec, Canada. Dr. Ladouceur’s main interest is in the cognitive dimensions of gambling, including the fundamental aspects of why people gamble, the prevention of excessive gambling and the treatment of disordered gambling.  He developed a widely-used cognitive treatment for pathological gamblers. His Books Overcoming Pathological Gambling are now available in four languages .

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AlexANDER Blaszczynski, PhD
University of Sydney

Dr. Alex Blaszczynski is a Professorial Research Fellow, Emeritus Professor, and Co-Director of the University of Sydney’s Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic. He is the Editor-in-Chief of International Gambling Studies. 

He is a researcher and clinical psychologist with a 35-year history of clinical involvement in the treatment of a range of impulse control disorders with a focus on gambling disorders. Dr. Blaszczynski’s clinical contributions have made a significant impact on how clinicians assess the multiple variables that influence the critical development of gambling disorders and how treatments can be matched to specific subgroups. With his co-authors Drs. Shaffer and Ladouceur, his academic work on the principles and guidelines for responsible gambling have influenced both industry and government policies and procedures.

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Michael V. Stanton, PhD
California State University

Dr. Michael Stanton is a Licensed Clinical Health Psychologist and Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay. He holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Medicine from Duke University.

Dr. Stanton’s research focuses on examining how stress contributes to obesity, including health stigma as a stressor. His clinical work in health psychology integrates mind-body skills such as mindfulness with cognitive behavioral therapy to treat health problems including obesity, hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia and depression.

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Debi A. LaPlante, PhD
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Debi LaPlante is Director of the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

With her colleagues, Dr. LaPlante developed the Syndrome Model of Addiction and engaged in a seminal 10-year research program on internet gambling that was the first to use actual gambling records, rather than just self-report. She leads the Division’s commitment to and use of Open Science principles and practices. 

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Harvey B. Milkman, PhD
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Dr. Harvey Milkman is Professor Emeritus, Department of Psychology, Metropolitan State University of Denver and licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Colorado. He is Visiting Professor at Reykjavik University, Iceland (2015 – present).  

Dr. Milkman is author of numerous scholarly articles and books on the causes, consequences and treatment choices for the broad spectrum of addictive behaviors.  He was recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Lectureship Award at the National University of Malaysia and represented the United States Information Agency as a consultant and represented the United States Information Agency as a featured speaker in Australia, Brazil, Iceland, The Netherlands, Peru, Turkey, and Yugoslavia. 

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Thomas J. Brosig

Nikki beach global

Mr. Thomas J. Brosig is President of Nikki Beach Global, a privately held resort, Hospitality Company located in exotic locations across the globe. Mr. Brosig has been a faculty fellow and adjunct professor at Tulane University, and a guest lecturer at Fordham University, Southern Mississippi University and Stout State University. He has also given numerous keynote addresses for industry, business, and civic groups.  

Mr. Brosig has over his career served on several charitable or not for profit boards and has many affiliations in this area including but not limited to, Minnesota Council on Compulsive Gambling, National Center for Responsible Gaming, United Way of South Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi and Fordham University’s Business Advisory Council, Alzheimer’s Board of South Mississippi, Salvation Army of South Mississippi, Chairman of the Board of SWAM (Service Women’s Action Network) in Washington DC, and Hope Academy School Board.

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