About the Lab


Our lab focuses on both the basic and applied investigation of addictive behaviors, particularly in the area of pathological gambling because this disorder allows us to study addiction in its "purest" form, i.e. without the confounding effects of substances.

Studies are designed to examine basic processes in addictive behaviors, for instance by focusing on the role of cue reactivity, particularly as it relates to gambling. Specifically, we are interested in elucidating the interrelationship between addictive behaviors and physiological arousal, cognitive distortions, stress, and personality factors.

Our lab's applied research focuses on assessment and treatment issues. The Albany Center for Problem Gambling serves as one of our research sites. Lab members conduct comprehensive assessments of individuals who seek treatment for excessive gambling and we are currently testing the efficacy of an innovative intervention termed Cognitive-Motivational Behavior Therapy for pathological gamblers that has been funded by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Our goal is to improve our conceptual understanding of addiction, including treatment processes, maintenance of treatment gains, and relapse.