Annual Conference on Problem Gambling
OAPGG’s 15th annual conference on problem gambling will feature three nationally recognized speakers online over three days in March.
Engaging Clients Presenting Gambling as a Primary or Co-Occurring Disorder
with Lori Rugle, PhD
Recent Research on the Treatment of Gambling Disorder and Co-Occurring Disorders
with David Ledgerwood, PhD
Sizing Up: Matching the Uniqueness of Sports Betting with Appropriate Problem Gambling Services and Treatment
with Brianne Doura-Schawohl
About the Presenters
Lori Rugle, PhD, ICGC-II/BACC, brings 35+ years of experience to her work field of problem and responsible gambling including treatment, prevention, research and responsible gambling. She is certified in meditation and psychotherapy and has had a personal practice for the past 25 years.
Lori is a white privileged, boomer generation, cisgendered, heterosexual, buddhist woman of biological and adoptive eastern European ancestry who currently lives on the ancestral land of the Erie and Iroquois people. In her 36 years of working with problem gambling she has had amazing opportunities to learn from courageous people addressing gambling disorder and those in recovery, from creative clinicians, from dedicated advocates, from brilliant researchers and academics and from experts on reducing gambling’s harms and those in the gambling industry. A firm believer in “learning never ends,” she recently obtained her International Certificate in Gaming Disorder and has completed a two-year course in deepening meditation teaching skills. She is deeply grateful for the incredible meaningful life’s work the field of problem gambling has offered her and the many, many benefactors and friends she has discovered along this path.
David Ledgerwood, PhD, is Associate Professor and a clinical psychologist within the Substance Abuse Research Division in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences. His work focuses on the treatment and etiology of substance use and behavioral addiction disorders. His recent NIH-funded research has included clinical trials examining behavioral treatments for smoking cessation among individuals living with HIV and parents of teens enrolled in juvenile drug court. He is also internationally recognized as an expert in the study of gambling disorder.
Brianne Doura-Schawohl serves as Vice President of US Policy and Strategic Development for EPIC Risk Management. She most recently served as Legislative Director for the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG). Her experience includes a decade of leadership in advocacy, public policy, government affairs, communications, and member relations. Ms. Doura-Schawohl’s experience spans a wide range of work with executive and legislative branch officials and private sector stakeholders at the international, federal, state, and local levels of government. She has a history of experience and achievements in United States Congressional legislative work, including a diverse portfolio of complex problem gambling policy issues. This continues to be invaluable in her ability to make a difference on behalf of people with gambling problems around the world.
Doura-Schawohl works with Congress and many state legislatures to provide expert advice on gambling policy. She continues to work with stakeholders on both sides of the aisle in state legislatures across the country. Additionally, she has been featured in numerous local, state, national, and international media.