Eric R. Louderback, PhD is a Research & Evaluation Scientist and Open Science Ambassador at the Division on Addiction, Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. He received his PhD in Sociology with specializations in Medical Sociology and Criminology from the University of Miami in 2018, where he studied the structural causes of neighborhood violence and social psychological predictors of cybercrime perpetration and victimization. His research applies quantitative analysis techniques including geospatial analysis methods, multilevel modeling and multivariate regression to examine the consequences of addiction and to test integrated theories.

At the Division, Dr. Louderback is currently working on three major funded projects. These projects include an investigation of responsible and problem gambling measures in online casinos funded by Entain and an examination of problem gambling reduction programs in land-based casinos funded by MGM. His research collaborations at the Division utilize the Syndrome Model of Addiction as a guiding framework and he is a strong supporter of data transparency and Open Science initiatives.

Dr. Louderback frequently presents his research studies at national and international conferences to diverse audiences including academic researchers, government policymakers and the general public. He has served as a journal reviewer in the peer-review process for publications including Criminal Justice and Behavior and the International Journal of Cyber Criminology. Guided by his commitment to educating a new generation of leaders, he has taught quantitative and qualitative research methods at the college level, and he strongly believes that basic scientific knowledge is an integral part of being an informed citizen.

Current Projects

Dissemination, Training, & Strategic Consulting for Responsible Online Gaming & Gambling Activities

The Entain-Division on Addiction Internet Gambling Research Collaborative

EPIC Risk Management & Athletes Initiative

Evaluating and Enhancing GameSense: Public Health, Social Science, and Business Perspectives

Expanding Peer to Peer Opportunities

Selected Publications


Edson, T. C., Tom, M. A., Philander, K. S., Louderback, E. R., & LaPlante, D. A. (2021). A large-scale prospective study of big wins and their relationship with future financial and time involvement in actual Daily Fantasy Sports contests. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (ahead of print).

Gray, H. M., Louderback, E. R., LaPlante, D. A., Abarbanel, B., & Bernhard, B. J. (2021). Gamblers’ beliefs about responsibility for minimizing gambling harm: Associations with problem gambling screening and gambling involvement. Addictive Behaviors, 114.

Gray, H. M., Louderback, E. R., LaPlante, D. A., Abarbanel, B., Kraus, S. W., & Bernhard, B. J. (2021).Who holds a shared responsibility view of minimizing gambling harm? Results from a multiwave survey of casino gamblers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (ahead of print).

LaPlante, D. A., Louderback, E. R., & Abarbanel, B. (2021). Gambling researchers’ use and views of open science principles and practices: a brief report. International Gambling Studies.

Louderback, E. R., Gray, H. M., LaPlante, D. A., Abarbanel, B., & Bernhard, B. J. (2021). A comparison of two GameSense implementation approaches: How program awareness and engagement relate to gambling beliefs and behaviors. Journal of Gambling Studies (ahead of print).

Louderback, E. R., LaPlante, D. A., Currie, S. R., & Nelson, S. E. (2021). Developing and validating lower risk online gambling thresholds with actual bettor data from a major internet gambling operator. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Louderback, E. R., Wohl, M. J. A., & LaPlante, D. A. (2021). Integrating open science practices into recommendations for accepting gambling industry research funding. Addiction Research & Theory, 29(1), 79-87.

McAuliffe, W. H. B., Edson, T. C., Louderback, E. R., LaRaja, A., & LaPlante, D. A. (2021). Responsible product design to mitigate excessive gambling: A scoping review and z-curve analysis of replicability. PloS one, 16(4), e0249926.

Nelson, S. E., Edson, T. C., Louderback, E. R., Tom, M. A., Grossman, A., & LaPlante, D. A. (2021). Changes to the playing field: A contemporary study of actual European online sports betting. Journal of Behavioral Addictions (ahead of print).


Abarbanel, B., Kraus, S., Huang, Q., Gray, H. M., Louderback, E. R., LaPlante, D. A., & Bernhard, B. J. (2020). Association between employee department and responsible gambling program perceptions: Extension and follow-up study. Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Insights.

Choi, K., Lee, C. S. and Louderback, E. R. (2020). Historical evolutions of cybercrime: From computer crime to cybercrime. In T. J. Holt & A. M. Bossler (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of International Cybercrime and Cyberdeviance. Basingstoke, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.


Maimon, D. and Louderback, E. R. (2019). Cyber-dependent crimes: An interdisciplinary review. Annual Review of Criminology, 2(1), 191-216.


Louderback, E. R. and Sen Roy, S. (2018). Integrating social disorganization and routine activity theories and testing the effectiveness of neighbourhood crime watch programs: Case study of Miami-Dade County, 2007-2015. The British Journal of Criminology, 58(4), 968-992.

Cowen, C., Louderback, E. R. and Sen Roy, S. (2018). The role of land use and walkability in predicting crime patterns: A case study of Miami-Dade County, 2007-2015. Security Journal, 1-23.

Bunting, R. P., Chang, O., Cowen, C., Hankins, R. P., Langston, S., Warner, A. F., Yang, X., Louderback, E. R. and Sen Roy, S. (2018). Spatial patterns of larceny and aggravated assault in Miami-Dade County, 2007-2015. The Professional Geographer, 34-46.


Louderback, E. R. and Antonaccio, O. (2017). Exploring cognitive decision-making processes, computer-focused cyber deviance involvement and victimization: The role of thoughtfully reflective decision-making. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 54, 639-679.