Research Leadership Team profiles

Dr. Kevin Harrigan.

Dr. Kevin Harrigan

Director - Knowledge Translation Stream

Dr. Harrigan is the director of the Knowledge Translation Stream and contact person for the Gambling Research Lab. 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

Director - Research Stream

Dr. Dixon is the director of the Research Stream of the Gambling Research Lab. 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


Dr. Fugelsang is a Professor of Psychology 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


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.