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)


Dr. Robert Williams is a professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge and also a Research Coordinator for the Alberta Gambling Research Institute. Dr. Williams is a clinical psychologist by training and spent the first part of his career as the regional psychologist in northern Manitoba (1985 - 1996) and then as a clinician in the Addiction Centre in Calgary (1996 - 2001). In 2001 Dr. Williams accepted a faculty position at the University of Lethbridge, funded by the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.

Dr. Williams has published in the areas of psychophysiology, seasonal affective disorder, evolutionary theory, fetal alcohol syndrome, adolescent addictions, health care practice, public policy, and gambling. In the past several years most of his work has focused on gambling, where he is an internationally recognized expert. His research endeavors in this area include: the socioeconomic impacts of gambling, Internet gambling, prevention of problem gambling, the epidemiology and etiology of problem gambling, assessment of problem gambling, the proportion of gambling revenue derived from problem gamblers, and the prevalence and nature of gambling in Aboriginal communities.

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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