DR Darren Christensen

DR Darren Christensen

Positions

  • Contingency Management and Gambling
  • Decision Making
  • Neural Correlates of Problem Gambling
  • Problem Gambling
  • Quantitative Analyses of Behaviour; Gambling and other Behaviours
  • Substance Use and Misuse

Overview

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  • Expertise:
    Dr Christensen is an expert in decision making especially the quantification of learning processes and behavioural analyses of problem gambling. He is currently working on several projects relating to problem gambling and substance abuse.

    Career:
    Dr Christensen completed a PhD in psychology from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) then undertook a 2 year post doctoral research position investigating substance abuse in the Centre for Addiction Research at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (United States of America) before joining the Problem Gambling Research and Treatment Centre at the University of Melbourne.

    Dr Christensen is now the Chair in Gambling at Lethbridge University (Canada). His position is funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.

    Media:
    http://www.uleth.ca/unews/article/christensen-appointed-agri-chair-gambling
    http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/dreamers-cast-aside-logic-in-rush-for-shot-at-50m-lottery-bonanza-20121023-282mx.html
    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1708501/What-are-your-chances-of-winning-OZ-Lotto
    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/heroin-treatment-to-be-trialled-on-gamblers-20121218-2bktq.html
    http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1721299/Anti-gambling-pill-goes-to-trial
    http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/video.aspx?vq=powerball   

Affiliation

Member of

  • Melbourne Problem Gambling & Mental Health MHPN network. Member 2012 -
  • National Assocation for Gambling Studies. Australia 2010 -
  • College on Problems of Drug Dependence. Member 2008 -
  • Society for the Quantification of Behaviour Analyses. Member 2003 -

Publications

Selected publications

Research

Awards

Education and training

  • PhD, University of Canterbury 2010
  • MSc (Hons), University of Canterbury 2005
  • Grad Dip Sci, University of Canterbury 2003
  • Grad Dip Admin, Massey University 1993
  • BBS, Massey University 1991

Awards and honors

  • Maori Academic Excellence Award, University of Waikato, New Zealand, 2010

Supervision

Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am interested in supervising students who want to take a quantitative approach for investigating risky behaviours. In particular, students who wish to research how substance users and/or gamblers learn and make decisions to engage in these behaviours.