Dr Ross Bartels (and colleagues Dr Robert Lehmann & Dr David Thornton) have published a paper in the open-access journal Frontiers in Psychiatry (Forensic Psychiatry).
The paper is entitled ‘Validating the utility of the Wilson Sex Fantasy Questionnaire with men who have sexually offended against children‘. It examines whether one of the oldest self-report sexual fantasy measures is valid and useful for use with men who have sexually offended against children, as well as men who report some level of sexual interest in children but have not offended. The study highlights some strengths and limitations that are useful for forensic clinicians and researchers to consider.
The paper can be read and downloaded here – https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00206/full
Amanda Roberts has received funding form the Society from the Study of Addictions (SSA) to host the first Current Advances in Gambling Research (GAGR) on 12th July 2019 alongside colleagues from UEL. The conference will be held at University Square Stratford, University of East London and is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Current Advances in Gambling Research (2019): Gambling Research in the UK
Fri, 12 July 2019, 09:30 – 16:00 BST
University of East London, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ
The conference aims to bring together inter-disciplinary academic experts in a range of gambling fields, including (but not limited to) behaviour, addiction, clinical treatment services, economics, and neuroscience to discuss the latest data driven developments in research on gambling in a supportive and critically reflective environment. We aim to showcase some of the excellent gambling research being done in the UK, and provide a networking opportunity for researchers. Although primarily a research driven academic conference, attendance is open to everyone.
Up to 8 further presentation slots (15 minutes each) are also available. If you are interested in presenting your research at this conference, please submit an abstract via the following link (max 1750 characters):
The deadline for abstract submission is MONDAY 13th MAY. Successful submissions will be notified by Friday 17th May.
The deadline for conference registration is MONDAY 24th JUNE.
For more details please see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/current-advances-in-gambling-research-2019-gambling-research-in-the-uk-tickets-59814857850?aff=ebdssbdestsearch
Amanda Roberts and her colleagues have had two new papers accepted for publication on the topic of problematic gambling.
For those interested in reading the papers when they are published, the references are below:
Sharman, S., Murphy, R., Turner, J. & Roberts, A (2019). Psychosocial correlates in treatment seeking gamblers: Differences in early age onset gamblers vs later age onset gamblers. Addictive Behaviors.
Rogers, J., Landon, J., Sharman, J., & Roberts, A. (2019). Anonymous women? A scoping review of the experiences of women in Gamblers Anonymous (GA). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
In addition to these, Amanda and colleague also recently published a paper examining whether GPS should screen for gambling disorders.
Roberts, A., Bowden Jones, H., Roberts, D. & Sharman, S. (2019). Should GPs routinely screen for gambling disorders? British Journal of General Practice, 69 (682): 226-227.
This coming Wednesday (17/01/18), Dr Amanda Roberts, Dr Steve Sharman (a former FCRG member), and Verity Harris (a former MSc student at University of Lincoln) will be attending a 2 hour seminar at the University of East London to present some of the findings that have emerged from a research programme conducted in collaboration with the Gordon Moody Association.
Dr Roberts will be presenting work on the predictors of treatment outcomes for gamblers; Dr Sharman will present data on the trends and patterns of gambling behaviour; and Verity Harris will present findings on the topic of ‘binge gambling’. Other expert presenters will also be speaking, including Dr John Turner and Ruth Champion. Overall, the seminar will inform attendees about the impact of the residential treatment services provided by Gordon Moody Association for people in recovery from gambling addiction.
Congratulations are in order for fellow FCRG member – Dr Kevin Butler – who, along with his colleague Dr Laëtitia Maréchal (from the EvoDevo Research Group), has recently received research funding and an invitation to a public engagement event in Brussels. Details are below:
In collaboration with Dr Maréchal and his undergraduate students (Tiffany McNally and Olivia Smith), Dr Butler was recently awarded funding from the ‘Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scheme’ (UROS) to investigate impulsive and risk taking behaviour in relation to approaching wild animals. Wildlife tourism is a growing industry and encounters with wild animals can be dangerous for both tourists and the animals involved. Dr Kevin et al. will investigate the role that individual differences play in making poor approach choices. They hope this research will increase public understanding of potential risks and will lead to better, safer wildlife tourism experiences for everyone concerned.
Also, Dr Butler and Dr Maréchal have been invited to attend a public engagement event entitled ‘Science is Wonderful’ at the EU Parliament in Brussels (26-27th September, 2017). At this event, they will present their research investigating the psychology of human-animal interactions: (1) Perception of primate emotion from facial expressions (Dr Maréchal) and (2) impulsivity and risk taking in relation to approaching wild animals (both Dr Maréchal and Butler).