CHARGE Research & Capacity Building

Research under CHARGE includes three major, multi-year studies currently underway:

An Evidence-based Approach to Understanding Daily Fantasy Sports Activities

This 5-year research study focuses on responsible and problematic fantasy sports activities. Researchers are conducting a robust set of studies related to identifying characteristics and behaviors of daily fantasy players, providing the evidence necessary to promote responsible play and responsible gaming resources, and determine the feasibility of developing a predictive algorithm for detecting problem play patterns among daily fantasy players. The Division will disseminate its materials and findings via academic publications, The Transparency Project, and educational activities (i.e., trainings) targeting employees, public health stakeholders, and the public at-large. This study of online fantasy sports is the first to use actual player records, providing much needed information about this burgeoning new area of gaming.

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

In partnership with University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The goal of this study is to evaluate the GameSense program as implemented throughout MGM Resorts International properties in North America. GameSense is a branded responsible gambling program that includes both customer and employee facing components. Using MGM’s multi-property portfolio, this study will assess the safety, reach, and effectiveness of the MGM-GameSense program and complete a comparative analysis of the imposed (i.e., GameSense managed by entities external to MGM) and integrated (i.e., GameSense managed by MGM) models of GameSense.

Updating and Refining Problem Gambling Treatment Guidelines for Research & Practice

This project includes developing updated versions of two resources (1)Your First Step to Change: Gambling and (2) Practice Guidelines for Treating Gambling-related Problems. For Your First Step to Change, we will review the content, concepts, activities, and measures, and update and revise, as necessary to maintain a contemporary evidence-based foundation. For the guidelines, we will review the scientific literature related to treating gambling-related problems empirically, and update the treatment guidelines to indicate and describe those treatments that meet the American Psychological Association’s qualifications for Empirically Supported Treatments. In addition, we will work with the Office of Problem Gambling Services to provide gambling-related clinical trainings and complete gambling-related needs assessments for adults and youth accessing Bureau of Substance Addiction Services treatment services.