For over 20 years, the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviours at McGill University has been at the forefront of leading-edge research aimed at identifying and understanding the critical factors related to youth gambling issues.
In addition to its many research endeavors, the Centre also provides treatment for youth experiencing gambling problems.
With research funding from multiple governmental agencies as well as the industry and foundations, the Centre's on-going efforts have been highly instrumental in identifying the determinants that place youth at risk for gambling problems. By using this wealth of scientific research, the Centre has also developed numerous award-winning prevention programs and has applied this acquired knowledge to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment of problem gamblers.
The Centre also works with government agencies around the world to develop responsible gambling initiatives.
Since 1992, Drs. Derevensky and Gupta, along with their colleagues and students, strived to understand the underlying factors and consequences related to youth gambling problems. Originally established as the McGill Youth Gambling Research and Treatment Clinic, our Centre is, now more than ever, involved in research, prevention, and the training of researchers and professionals concerned with youth gambling, treatment and public policy.
Over time, the Centre's mandate and role evolved, and research shifted to focus on multiple high-risk adolescent behaviours. In 2001, McGill University's Senate officially approved the International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors as a McGill University Research Centre. The research focus has grown considerably in scope, and the Centre has several full-time staff members, in addition to post-doctoral, doctoral and master's level students. The Centre is located in Duggan House, an historic mansion on the corner of Pine and McTavish Streets in Montreal, Quebec.