People profiles

Dr. Kevin Harrigan.

Dr. Kevin Harrigan

Co-Director

Dr. Harrigan is co-director and contact person for the Problem Gambling Research Team. His primary research interest is in gambling addictions with a focus on why so many slot machine gamblers become addicted.

Dr. Michael Dixon.

Dr. Michael Dixon

Co-Director

Dr. Dixon is a co-director of the Gambling Research Team. He is a Professor of Psychology, and past Chair of Psychology at the University of Waterloo.  He has conducted research in diverse domains. He is internationally recognized for his research on how semantic information (what a person knows about the world) can influence the manner in which one perceives and recognizes objects in our world.

Dr. Jonathan Fugelsang

Dr. Jonathan Fugelsang

Researcher

Dr. Fugelsang is an associate professor at the University of Waterloo. His research focuses on how we reason about and integrate multiple, often conflicting, pieces of evidence when making complex decisions.

Dr. Karen Collins

Dr. Karen Collins

Researcher

Dr. Collins is a Canada Research Chair focusing on the affect of sound in computer games.  She is investigating the effect of slot machine sounds on slot machine players.

Dr. Dan Brown

Dr. Dan Brown

Associate Professor (Cheriton School of Computer Science)

Professor Brown's primary research area is the understanding of sequential data, joining ideas from evolutionary theory with probabilistic modeling and discrete mathematics.

Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall

Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Tara Elton-Marshall is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Waterloo in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo and a member of the University of Waterloo’s Problem Gambling Research Team.

Candice Graydon

Candice Graydon (nee Jensen)

PhD Candidate (Psychology)

Candice is a PhD student in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon.

Dr. David Hammond.

Dr. David Hammond

Associate Professor (Public Health and Health Systems)

Dr. David Hammond is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Health Systems at the University of Waterloo. He is a co-investigator on the International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project, an international study in over 20 countries evaluating the impact of tobacco control policies on smoking behaviour.  Dr.

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Sai Kalvapalle

Research Assitant

Sai graduated from the Honours Psychology program with a Minor in English Language and Literature at the University of Waterloo in October 2015, and is currently a Research Assistant in the Gambling Research Lab.

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Chanel Larche

PhD Candidate (Psychology)

Chanel is a PhD student in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon. She is also working as a KTE hub member in the University of Waterloo Gambling Research Lab.

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Arielle Levy

Honours Thesis Student (Psychology)

Arielle is currently completing an honours thesis project examining grapheme-colour synaesthesia (the association of numbers and letters with highly-specific colours) under the supervision of Dr. Dixon. She plans to also get involved with more gambling research in the near future.

Frank Preston

Frank Preston

Psychophysiology Lab Technician

Frank joined the lab with many years of experience in the financial business sector, holding various senior management roles. He returned to university in 2006 and graduated from honours psychology at University of Waterloo in 2009.

Madison Stange

Madison Stange

PhD Candidate (Psychology)

Madison is a PhD candidate in the Cognitive Neuroscience program under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon. She is also part of the Knowledge Translation and Exchange Hub in the Gambling Research Lab.

Currently, her primary program of research focuses on the structural characteristics of scratch cards and their physiological and cognitive effects on the player. Madison recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Waterloo, and completed her Honours Thesis under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon.

Jennifer Aquino

PhD Candidate (Psychology)

Jennifer is completing her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo. Her primary research interest in gambling behaviour focuses on the role of attentional baises in the maintenance and persistence of gambling behaviour.

Dr. Karl Borgmann

Dr. Karl Borgmann

Research Associate (Cognitive Neuroscience)

Karl finished his PhD in the summer of 2011 at the University of Waterloo.  His primary research interest is unconscious changes in task performance in response to subtle information patterns in the environment.

Dylan Brethour

Research Assistant

Dylan joined the lab while in his third year as a student in Joint Honours Biomedical Sciences and Psychology.

His primary roles in the Gambling Research Lab were data analysis and running studies when needed.

Irene Chhay

Irene Chhay

Research Assistant

Irene is a 4th year Psychology student from the Faculty of Science. She is doing an Advanced Research Apprenticeship under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon and Candice Jensen.

Stephanie Chu

Stephanie Chu

Research Assistant

Stephanie is a fourth year Psychology student and she is currently doing an Honours Thesis under the supervision of Dr. Michael Dixon.

Jeniffer Cordick.

Jennifer Cordick

Research Assistant - 2009, 2010

As a Research Assistant, Jen carried out studies and data analyses.

Brian Cullen.

Dr. Brian Cullen

Postdoctoral Fellow (Animation) - 2012, 2011

Brian graduated in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design Dublin in 2000 where his interests included printmaking, video and sound installation. He received an M.Phil in Music and Media Technology from Trinity College Dublin in 2004 focusing on audiovisual composition.

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Sandy Erb

Research Assistant

Sandy graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology in June 2013.

Josh Garofalo

Research Assistant - Summer 2010

As a Research Assistant, Josh carried out studies and data analyses.

Daniel Guttentag.

Daniel Guttentag

Graduate Student - graduated Summer 2012

Daniel was a Master’s student in the Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo.

Mallory Harrigan

Summer Research Assistant - 2012, 2011

As a Research Assistant, Mallory carried out studies and data analyses.  She worked on studies related to losses disguised as wins and the impact of sound on the playing experience of slot machine players. Mallory also helped to maintain the lab website.

Ryan Huckle

Research Assistant

Ryan received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in philosophy from the University of Waterloo, his graduate thesis concerning the role that knowledge and skill play in generating moral requirements for first aid.

Dr. Michelle Jarick

Dr. Michelle Jarick

PhD Candidate (Psychology) - until 2011

Michelle was a senior PhD student working on the electrophysiological brain differences between problem and non-problem gamblers while playing slot machines.

Aaron Kim

Volunteer

As a volunteer, Aaron fulfilled assigned lab duties.

Jackey Lee

MA (Psychology)

Jackey conducted his Master's thesis under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon. His MA research  involved Texas Hold’em poker and specifically why it has become so popular over the past decade. He was awarded his MA on June 12, 2013.

Dr. Vance McLaren

Dr. Vance McLaren

Postdoctoral Fellow - 2010, 2011

Vance joined the Gambling Research Lab as a Post Doctoral Fellow. During his time with us, he focused on a number of studies including the traits found in frequent gamblers.

Sarah Moroz

Sarah Moroz

Research Assistant

Sarah was funded by an NSERC USRA to work as a research assistant in the Gambling Research Lab during her last year as an undergraduate student.

Susan Murray

Lab Manager

With a BSc (Biology) and post-graduate courses in Non-Profit Administration and Post-Basic Neurological and Neurosurgical Nursing, Susan joined the lab with many years of experience managing the Electromyography/Evoked Potential Lab of the Montreal Neurological Hospital/Institute.

Sandra Osazuwa

Sandra Osazuwa

Research Assistant

Sandra is an undergraduate student in the Honours Psychology, Co-op program at the University of Waterloo. She was the recipient of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) in Winter 2015 and worked under the supervision of Dr. Dixon.

Daniel Pearson Hides

Co-op Student

Daniel joined the Gambling Research Lab as a second year Arts and Business honours co-op student with an interest in media and marketing. His primary roles in the Gambling Research Lab were data analysis, conducting field studies, developing programs used in studies, and sound engineering for slot machine simulations.

Dr. Diane Santesso.

Dr. Diane Santesso

Researcher

A hallmark of adaptive behaviour is the ability to quickly distinguish between good versus bad outcomes and use this information to change on-going behaviour. Our brain is well capable of identifying such cues, but individuals vary greatly in how they perceive and react to positive and negative outcomes.

Emily Sheepy

Emily Sheepy

Research Assistant

As a Research Assistant, Emily carried out studies and data analyses in the lab.

Jason Sewell

Volunteer

As a volunteer, Jason performed tasks pertaining to data analysis.

Brendan Sheehan.

Brendan Sheehan

Honours Student (Psychology) / Research Assistant
Brendan competed an honours thesis under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon. His thesis examined arousal and cognitive load in Texas Hold ‘em Poker.
Linus Shu

Linus Shu

Computer Programmer

Linus graduated from the University of Waterloo in the summer of 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Jeff Templeton

Jeff Templeton

Research Project Manager

Jeff brings diversified research experience to his role as Research Associate in the Gambling Lab.  Since receiving his B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, he has worked in a variety labs at there as well as the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Sandy Vuong

Sandy Vuong

Research Assistant

Sandy is a 3rd year Psychology student from the Faculty of Science, minoring in Biology. She was a recipient of the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Award in 2012.

Nicholas Wu

Research Assistant

Nicholas was a fourth year Honour’s Psychology Student at the University of Waterloo while in the Gambling Research Lab. As a Research Assistant, he carried out studies and data analyses.

While helping as a Research Assistant, he completed his Honour’s Thesis on Visual Search.

Dr. Glenn Stillar

Dr. Glenn Stillar

Professor

Professor Stillar is the Director of the Canadian Centre of Arts and Technology and an Associate Professor in Waterloo’s Digital Arts Communication Program.

Dr. Jill Tomasson Goodwin

Dr. Jill Tomasson Goodwin

Professor

Professor Jill Tomasson Goodwin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication, University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on digitally-mediated communication, interviewing, crisis communication, public communication, and speech writing.

Dr. David Goodwin

Dr. David Goodwin

Professor

Professor Goodwin is the Director of the Digital Arts Communication Program at the University of Waterloo. He teaches about the design, prototyping, and testing of multimedia interfaces such as websites and ebooks.