Kevin Harrigan

Research Associate Professor
(519) 888-4567 x. 36652
Location: PAS 1051B

Kevin Harrigan.Kevin Harrigan holds a PhD from the University of Toronto as well as a BSc(CS) and an MSc(CS) from the University of New Brunswick.  He is the Head of uWaterloo’s Gambling Research Lab where his primary research interest is in gambling addiction with a focus on why so many slot machine gamblers become addicted. Kevin’s area of expertise is computer science and math/statistics as it relates to the design and implementation of slot machine games. Topics of interest include: gaming regulations, self-exclusion policies, limitations of random number generators (RNGs), PAR Sheets, near misses, computer algorithms used to misrepresentation slot machine game outcomes, and Knowledge Translation and Exchange.  Kevin is often in the media addressing gambling issues and acts as an Expert Witness in legal cases involving gambling.  He is a Theme Leader in the uWaterloo-lead Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)-funded $2.5m IMMERSe project and a founding member of the uWaterloo Games Institute.

Recent work

Harrigan, K. A., Dixon, M., MacLaren, V., Collins, K., & Fugelsang, J. (2011). The maximum rewards at the minimum price: Reinforcement rates and payback percentages in multi-line slot machines.  Journal of Gambling Issues, 26, 11-29.

Harrigan, K. A., & Dixon, M. (2010). Government sanctioned “tight” and “loose” slot machines:  How having multiple versions of the same slot machine game may impact problem gambling.  Journal of Gambling Studies, 26(1), 159-174.

Harrigan, K. A., & Dixon, M. (2009).  PAR Sheets, probabilities, and slot machine play: Implications for problem and non-problem gambling.  Journal of Gambling Issues, 23, 81-110.

Harrigan, K. A. (2009).  Slot Machines: Pursuing Responsible Gaming Practices for Virtual Reels and Near Misses.  International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 7(1), 68-83.

Harrigan, K. (2012).  Principle Investigator.  Investigator Support Grant.  $75,000 per year renewable for five years.  Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre.

Harrigan, K. (2012).  Principle Investigator. Standard Research Grant: An Investigation of the Structural Characteristics of Electronic POD Games in Ontario Bingo Halls.  $319,800.  Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre.

Expert Witness for the legal firms Fancy Barrister and Adair Morse regarding the design of slot machines. Intended class action suit for Dennis and Noble vs Ontario Lottery and Gaming. Court File No.: CV-08-00356378-0000.

Courses Taught

University of Waterloo

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