Campus Directory: Robert Williams

University of Lethbridge

Robert Williams
Health Sci - Addictions Counselling Program
Office: M3017 (Markin Hall)
Phone: (403) 382-7128
Fax: (403) 329-2668
Node Coordinator
Health Sci - Alta Gaming Rsrch
Office: M3017 (Markin Hall)
Phone: (403) 382-7128
Fax: (403) 329-2668


BA, PhD, R.Psych


Gambling (socioeconomic impacts; Internet gambling; problem gambling; proportion of revenue from problem gamblers, prevention; etiology and epidemiology; assessment; population prevalence/assessment; indigenous gambling, Statistical Analysis; Addictions (treatment, assessment, causes); Psychopathology (treatment, assessment, causes)

Research Areas

Gambling (all aspects) Psychopathology (all aspects) Addictions (all aspects)


A clinical psychologist by training, Dr. Williams spent the first 15 years of his career as the regional psychologist for northern Manitoba and then as a clinician in the Addiction Centre in Calgary, Alberta. Since 2001 he has been an academic at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, where he is currently a full professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, as well as a Research Coordinator with the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.

Dr. Williams has published in the areas of substance use and addictions, behavioural addictions, fetal alcohol syndrome, statistical analysis, financial speculation, seasonal affective disorder, evolutionary theory, biofeedback, and gambling. For the past 20 years most of his work has focused on gambling, where he is an internationally recognized expert. Dr. Williams teaches courses on gambling; provides frequent consultation to government, industry, and the media; and has often provided expert witness testimony on the impacts of gambling. Dr. Williams is a leading authority in the areas of: prevention of problem gambling; online gambling; the socioeconomic impacts of gambling, the proportion of gambling revenue deriving from problem gamblers; the prevalence and nature of gambling within Indigenous communities; the etiology of problem gambling; and best practices in the population assessment of problem gambling.

Research Interests

My research interests are in the areas of gambling (all aspects), psychopathology (all areas), and prevention.

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Examining the socioeconomic impacts of a Race Track Slots facility in the Belleville, Ontario area Ontario Ontario Problem Gambling Research Center, $3.1 million, 2006-12.

Social and economic impacts of gambling in Alberta Lethbridge Alberta Gaming Research Institute, $685,000, 2008-10.

The development of responsible gaming in Alberta: A prospective study Alberta Alberta Gaming Research Institute, $2.256 million, 2004-11.

Curriculum Vitae


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