Carleton University’s Michael Wohl and Chris Davis, professors in the Department of Psychology, have received more than $650,000 from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (OMHLTC) to investigate the prevention of problem gambling.

The project, entitled Preventing Problem Gambling in Ontario: Building the Evidence Base for Cultivating Responsible Gambling Knowledge and Habits, will provide an estimate of the attitudes, knowledge of availability, and behaviours related to responsible gambling initiatives in Ontario.

This research will focus on gamblers exposed to a new responsible gambling initiative called My PlaySmart, provided to Ontarians by Ontario Lottery and Gaming. Wohl and Davis will assess when, why and how these gamblers become motivated to gamble responsibly and whether My PlaySmart helps motivate responsible gambling. The researchers will identify best practices for the development of an effective responsible gambling program that meets the needs of Ontarians.


“To date, gambling operators have been challenged to spark interest in using tools that help gamblers set and adhere to monetary limits. With MOHLTC funding, we will evaluate whether Ontario Lottery and Gaming’s new responsible gambling platform, My PlaySmart, helps gamblers cultivate smart play habits.” –Wohl

“Carleton is a leading research university and the insights being uncovered by researchers like Wohl demonstrate our dedication to innovative, collaborative solutions to solving real-world problems for the citizens of Ontario.” – Wallace Clement, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)

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