Lia Nower, JD, PhD, Professor of Rutgers University and Director of its Gambling Studies Center, has joined the Board of Directors of the National Gambling Issue Council (NCPG). Currently, she is Chair of the Study Committee of the NCPG and has worked on a number of other committees.
Keith Whyte, NCPG’s Executive Director said: “The National Council on Problem Gambling works closely with our Board of Directors to advance policies and programs that assist people and families affected by problem gambling.
“We are excited that Lia Nower will be joining our Board. Her expertise will help NCPG be more effective in an environment where gambling is expanding rapidly throughout the country.”
Throughout the year, the 15-strong NCPG Board of Directors meets to set the organisation’s course by setting strategic priorities, approving its budget, assisting with the preparation of conferences and activities, evaluating the success of current initiatives, and helping to set up new programmes.
Nower said: “I am honoured to become a member of the NCPG Board of Directors.
“The increase in gambling opportunities is enormously profitable for operators and provides tax revenues to states. On the other hand, it also brings negative potential consequences from financial troubles to psychiatric disorders. NCPG is there for those in need and I hope to improve the caliber of help they are able to provide.”
Nower has co-authored many policy proposals, including self-exclusion models, responsible gambling schemes, and incorporation into state networks of problem gambling treatment services. She co-authored the Gambling Pathways Questionnaire (GPQ) and the Pathways Model, which is used worldwide in research and care and currently leads the team in the State of New Jersey to test play-by-play data for Internet gambling and sports wagering.
She has also worked as a pre-doctoral fellow at the National Institute of Health (NIH), a Fulbright fellow, and a research intern at the National Research Council of the National Academies.
Robert Jacobson, President of the NCPG Board of Directors and Executive Director of the California Council on Problem Gambling added: “On behalf of the NCPG Board of Directors, I want to congratulate Dr. Nower on her appointment.
“Throughout her career, Lia has demonstrated considerable expertise in understanding how people become addicted, and what responsible gambling measures and problem gambling treatments work best. We know she will be an invaluable contributor to the Board.”