NCPG Awards History

Each year the National Council on Problem Gambling honors individuals and organizations from across the US and the world for their work on problem gambling and responsible gambling with our National Awards, including both Lifetime Awards and Annual Awards.

The current awards criteria can be found on the Annual Awards page. The NCPG Awards have undergone many changes since they began and the current criteria do not necessarily apply to previous awards. The list below contains the most complete awards information available.

COMMUNICATIONS AWARDS
AFFILIATE MULTI-CULTURAL AWARD

Evergreen Council of Problem Gambling 

CORPORATE MULTI-CULTURAL AWARD

New Jersey Lottery

CORPORATE NEWSLETTER AWARD

Plainridge Park Casino

AFFILIATE NEWSLETTER AWARD 

Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance

CORPORATE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

“New Jersey Lottery Life Balance Advertisement”
New Jersey Lottery

AFFILIATE PUBLIC AWARENESS AWARD

The Responsible Gambling Council of Toronto, Canada

CORPORATE PUBLIC AWARENESS AWARD

North Carolina Education Lottery

CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD

GamRes Limited

AFFILIATE WEBSITE AWARD

Evergreen Council of Problem Gambling

CORPORATE WEBSITE AWARD

North Carolina Education Lottery

HOLIDAY RESPONSIBLE GAMBLING CAMPAIGN

North Carolina Education Lottery

NCPG MEDIA AWARD

“Bay State Confronts Problem Gambling In Ways Connecticut Does Not”
Mark Pazniokiss, Capital Bureau & Co-Founder of the CT Mirror in Hartford Connecticut

Annual Awards
ANNUAL RESEARCH AWARD

“An Examination of the Validity and Reliability of the Positive Play Scale: Findings From a Canadian National Study”
Nassim Tabri, Richard Wood, Kahlil Philander and Michael Wohl

DON HULEN ANNUAL AWARD FOR ADVOCACY

Judge Cheryl Moss (Ret.)

DR. DURANT JACOBS DISSERTATION AWARD

William Spencer Murch
The University of British Columbia

JOANNA FRANKLIN ANNUAL AWARD FOR DIRECT SERVICE

Lihn Ho

JEFFREY M. BECK RECOVERY AMBASSADOR AWARD

Roger Olsen

JIM WUELFING ANNUAL AWARD FOR PREVENTION

Kaitlin Brown

SERVICE AWARD

Enrique Zuniga

LifeTime Awards
DR. ROBERT L. CUSTER LIFETIME AWARD FOR DIRECT SERVICE

Heather Chapman, PhD, ICGC-II

MONSIGNOR JOSEPH DUNNE LIFETIME AWARD FOR ADVOCACY

Deborah Haskins, PhD, ICGC-II, BACC

LIFETIME RESEARCH AWARD

Rachel Volberg, PhD

 

Previous awardS Recipients

Dr. Robert L. Custer Lifetime Award for Direct Service

  • Phil Satre – 1990
  • Henry R. Lesieur, Ph.D – 1996
  • Tom Cummings – 1998
  • Edward Looney – 2002
  • Arnie & Sheila Wexler – 2003
  • Richard Rosenthal, M.D. – 2004
  • Julian Taber, Ph.D – 2005
  • Chuck Maurer, Ph.D  – 2009
  • Dr. Marvin Steinberg, Ph.D – 2011
  • Sandi Brustuen – 2012
  • Joanna Franklin – 2014
  • Linda Graves, Ph.D – 2017
  • Dr. Loreen Rugle – 2019

Lifetime Research Award

  • Dr. Mark Griffiths – 2013
  • Dr. Alex Blaszczynski – 2014
  • Dr. Howard Shaffer – 2015
  • Dr. Marc Potenza – 2016
  • Dr. Jeff Derevensky – 2017
  • Dr. Richard Rosenthal – 2018

Monsignor Joseph Dunne Lifetime Award for Advocacy
(formerly Herman Goldman Foundation Award for Advocacy)

  • Robert L. Custer, M.D. – 1983
  • Hon. Elizabeth Connelly – 1984
  • Henry R. Lesieur, Ph.D – 1985
  • Julian I. Taber, Ph.D – 1986
  • Durand Jacobs, Ph.D – 1988
  • Irving Sachar – 1990
  • Arnie Wexler – 1991
  • Carl J. Gerber M.D. – 1992
  • Monsignor Joseph Dunne – 1993
  • Joanna Franklin, M.S. – 1994
  • Richard J. Rosenthal, M.D. – 1995
  • Marvin Steinberg, Ph.D. – 1996
  • Loreen Rugle, Ph.D – 1997
  • Rachel Volberg, Ph.D – 1998
  • Roger Svendsen – 1999
  • Christopher Armentano – 2000
  • Paul Ashe – 2002
  • Rena Nora, M.D. – 2005
  • Reece Middleton – 2006
  • Kathleen Scanlan – 2011
  • Bill Eadington – 2012
  • Pat Fowler – 2013
  • Carol O’Hare – 2014
  • James Pappas – 2015
  • Lisa Pertzoff – 2016
  • Don Feeney – 2017
  • Maureen Greeley – 2018

Affiliate of the Year

  • Delaware Council – 1998

Annual Research Award

  • William Eadington, Ph.D – 1989
  • Marvin Steinberg, Ph.D – 1990
  • Rachel Volberg, Ph.D – 1991
  • Richard Rosenthal, MD – 1993
  • Loreen Rugle, Ph.D – 1994
  • Alex Blaszczynski, Ph.D and Nathaniel McConaghy, MD – 1996
  • Robert Ladouceur, Ph.D – 1997
  • Henry Lesieur, Ph.D – 1998
  • David Comings, MD – 1999
  • Sue Fisher, Ph.D – 2000
  • Ken Winters, Ph.D and Randy Stinchfield, Ph.D. – 2002
  • Frank Vitaro, Ph.D – 2005
  • David Hodgins, Ph.D – 2006
  • Marc Potenza, MD, Ph.D – 2007
  • Jon Grant, MD, JD, MPH – 2008
  • Mark Griffiths, Ph.D – 2009
  • Dr. Mark Dixon, Ph.D – 2011
  • Dr. Kahlil Philander and Dr. Terri-Lynn MacKay – 2015
  • Dr. Jeffrey Derevensky, Dr. Thomas Paskus, Dr. Marc Potenza. Dr. Caroline Temcheff – 2016
  • Lia Nower, JD, Ph.D – 2019
  • Spencer Murch, University of British Columbia – 2020

Best in Prevention Showcase Award

  • Dr. Jim Kooler, Betting On Our Future
  • Janine Robinson “The Responsible Gambling Council’s Youth Prevention Approach” – 2018

Corporate Social Responsibility Award

  • Ohio Lottery Commission – 1989
  • Casino Association of New Jersey-David Gardner – 1989
  • Washington State Gambling Commission-Ronald Bailey – 1991
  • Foxwoods Casino – 1992
  • Minnesota Indian Gaming Association – 1994
  • Illinois Riverboat Council – 1996
  • Turner Gaming – 1997
  • Ohio State Lottery-Julie Ault – 1998
  • Powerhouse Technologies – 1999
  • Washington State Industry Working Group – 2001
  • Alberta Gaming Industry Association – 2002
  • Kentucky Lottery Corporation – 2003
  • Churchill Downs – 2004
  • New Mexico Responsible Gaming Association – 2005
  • Sands Casino Bethlehem – 2009
  • Potawatomi Bingo Casino – 2010
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2012
  • Massachusetts State Lottery – 2013
  • Seminole Tribe of Florida – 2014
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation (BCLC) – 2015
  • Oregon State Lottery – 2016
  • New Jersey Lottery – 2017
  • MGM Resorts International – 2018
  • Jackpocket – 2019
  • HardRock International and Seminole Gaming – 2020

Distinguished Program Award

  • Valley Forge Medical Center – 1989
  • Taylor Manor Hospital – 1989
  • Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling – 2001
  • Florida Council on Compulsive Gambling – 2002
  • International Center for Youth Gambling Problems and High Risk Behaviors – 2005

Don Hulen Annual Award for Advocacy

  • Mike Ryan – 2009
  • Jennifer Filmore – 2010
  • Maureen Greeley – 2013
  • Jean Holthaus – 2014
  • Alice Garland – 2016
  • Dr. Deborah Haskins – 2017
  • Terri Sue Canale-Dalman – 2018
  • Marlene Warner – 2019
  • Chip Polston – 2020

Dr. Durand Jacobs Dissertation Award (formerly Outstanding Dissertation Award)

  • Rina Gupta, Ph.D – 1999
  • Jeffrey Marotta, Ph.D – 2000
  • Gerry Cooper , Ed.D-2001
  • Hermano Travares, MD, Ph.D – 2002
  • Guy Jeff Powell, Ph.D – 2003
  • William Jolley, Ph.D – 2004
  • Laurie Dickson, Ph.D – 2005
  • Kate Diskin, Ph.D – 2007
  • Bethany Cara Bray, Ph.D – 2008
  • Ryan Martin, Ph.D – 2009
  • Jennifer Zorland-Allison – 2010
  • Ty Lostutter – 2011
  • Dr. Jamey Lister – 2014
  • Jessica McBride – 2015
  • Dr. Renee St-Pierre – 2016
  • James Broussard – 2018

Excellence in Prevention Award

  • Mina Hazar & Adela Colhon: YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness
  • Nyamal (Mal) Tutdeal “Influence of the Gambling Industry on the Immigrant & Refugee Community” – 2018

Government Award

  • State of Iowa Health and Human Services – 1989
  • Hon. Mike Jaros, Minnesota House of Representatives – 1991
  • Hon. John Montford, Texas Senate – 1992
  • Oregon Legislature – 1994
  • Hon. Paul Kollios, Massachusetts State Legislature – 1995
  • Hon. Rosemary Mulligan, Illinois House of Representatives – 1996
  • Hon. Richard Davis, Delaware Legislature – 1998
  • Tim Christensen, State of Nebraska Gambling Counselor Certification Program – 1999
  • New Mexico Gaming Control Board – 2001
  • Oregon State Lottery – 2002
  • Minnesota State Lottery – 2003
  • Connecticut Lottery – 2004
  • Vermont Lottery – 2005
  • Louisiana Attorney General’s Office – 2006

Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign Award

  • Connecticut (US) and Austrian Lotteries (International) – 2011
  • Connecticut (US) and BCLC (International) – 2012
  • Illinois Lottery – 2013
  • Hoosier Lottery – 2014
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation – 2015
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation – 2016
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation – 2017
  • New York Council on Problem Gambling on behalf of the New York Responsible Play Partnership – 2018
  • IGT Indiana (Hoosier Lottery) – 2019
  • Illinois Lottery – 2020

Jim Wuelfing Annual Award for Prevention

  • James Wuelfing – 2009
  • Dr. Larry Ashley – 2010
  • International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors – 2011
  • Julie Hynes – 2012
  • Jim Kooler – 2013
  • Carl Robertson – 2014
  • Elizabeth McCall – 2015
  • Rodney Anderson – 2016
  • Dr. Josephine Wilson – 2017
  • Susan McLaughlin – 2018
  • “Betting On Our Future” Program, CA Friday Night Live Partnership
  • Epic Risk Management – 2020

Joanna Franklin Annual Award for Direct Service

  • Dr. Eddie Chiu – 2010
  • Dr. Timothy Fong – 2011
  • Midwestern CT Council on Alcoholism – 2013
  • Dr. Heather Chapman – 2014
  • Dr. Henrietta Bowden Jones – 2015
  • Morneau Shepell – 2016
  • Michael Rosen – 2017
  • Loreen Rugle –  2018
  • Gary Lange, Ph.D, MFT – 2019
  • Charles P. (CP) Mirarchi, III, JD, ICGC-II, BACC – 2020

Lifetime Achievement Award for Family Treatment

  • Mary Heineman, MSW – 1998

Media Award (formerly Reporting Award)

  • WNBC News 4 Dr. Frank Field – 1983
  • WCBSTV Marie Torre – 1983
  • WMCTV “Dealing in the Delta” – 1984
  • Mathew Kaplowitz (Electronic) – 1986
  • Ruth Harwayne (Print) – 1986
  • Theodore Weber Jr., McGraw Hill Foundation – 1986
  • New York Times – 1989
  • John Grassie NBC (Electronic) – 1991
  • Maryland Public Television – 1991
  • CBS Children’s Entertainment Division – 1993
  • O’Hara-Horowitz “Playing to Win” (Electronic) – 1998
  • James Bishop, Jr. “High Stakes” Phoenix Magazine (Print) – 1998
  • Connecticut Public Television “One Last Bet” – 1999
  • Mary Faffalli “Women and Gambling” ABC News 20/20 – 1999
  • Mary Wozniak “Hidden Shame” Florida Sun (Print) – 1999
  • David Farrell and Matea Gold “Going for Broke” LA Times (Print) – 1999
  • John Block and Josh Mankiewicz “Out of the Money” Dateline (Electronic) – 2000
  • Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling “Problem Gambling Tonight” (Electronic) – 2001
  • Maura Casey, New London Day (Print) – 2002
  • Shapiro/Grodner Productions, “Flipped” MTV (Electronic) – 2002
  • Nebraska Public Television (Electronic) – 2003
  • Louisville Courier-Journal (Print) – 2003
  • Dateline NBC “Betting on Mary” (Electronic) – 2004
  • Channel 12/KSLA “Betting It All” (Broadcast) – 2005
  • Seattle Post-Intelligencer “Out of Luck: Washington’s Gambling Problem” (Print) – 2005
  • Twin Cities Public Television/Russell & Herder “The Hidden Addiction” – 2006
  • Connecticut Partnership for Responsible Gaming “New Home”- 2006
  • Manahan Group & The Media Center “xl” (Electronic) – 2007
  • World Journal “Asian Outreach Initiative” (Print) – 2007
  • King 5 (NBC) “New Campaign Targets Underage Gamblers” (Broadcast) – 2010
  • Kathrine Schmidt “$1 Billion Spent on Poker in 4 Years” The Houma Courier – 2011
  • New England Center for Investigative Reporting – 2013
  • Harry Esteve – 2014
  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling and GoodTherapy.org – 2015
  • ESPN – 2016
  • Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia – 2017
  • NBC-4, Columbus, Ohio 
    Veterans and Gambling Addiction

Multi-cultural Communications Award

  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, Puyallup Tribal Health Authority and
    Puyallup High School – 2016
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services – 2017
  • California Office of Problem Gambling (Corporate) – 2018
  • Responsible Gambling Council, Ontario, Canada (Corporate) – 2019

Newsletter Award

  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling – 2010
  • Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling – 2011
  • Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance – 2012
  • Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling – 2013
  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation – 2014
  • North Carolina Education Lottery – 2015
  • Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling – 2016
  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation-(Corporate) – 2017
  • McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors (Corporate) – 2018
  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling (Affiliates) – 2019
  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation (Corporate) – 2019
  • Oregon State Lottery (Corporate) – 2020

Outstanding Contributor to the Field

  • Deaconess Medical Center – 2001
  • Howard Shaffer, Ph.D – 2002
  • Trimeridian, Inc. (Organization) – 2003
  • Honorable Mark G. Farrell (Individual) – 2003
  • Vanguard Compulsive Gambling Treatment Program/Project Turnabout – 2006
  • Norman Kruedelbach, Ph.D – 2007

Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award

  • Karen Hardoon, MA – 1999
  • Kate Diskin, MA – 2000
  • Karyn Mararchuk, MA – 2001
  • Jennifer Felsher, MA – 2002
  • Laurie Dickson, MA – 2003
  • Robert Pietrzak, MA – 2004
  • Isabelle Lussier, MA – 2005
  • Meredith Gillespie, MA – 2006
  • Mariko Ono, MA – 2007
  • Jessica McBride, MA – 2008
  • Renee St-Pierre, MA – 2009
  • Guillaume Pagnier – 2015
  • Yaxi Zhao – 2018
  • Jeremie Richard – 2019

Outstanding Student Poster Award

  • Michael Razavi “Alcohol, Tobacco and Gambling Advertising Under Three Feet” – 2010

People’s Choice Award

  • Massachusetts Lottery/Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling “Lose”  – 2006
  • Manitoba Gaming Control Commission & “Throw It Away,” Atlantic Lottery Corporation, “So You Think I’m Hot?” 1st
  • Place 2007
  • Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario, “Know a Friend Who’s Lost in the Shuffle?” 2nd Place-2007
  • Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling “Hope & Help,” & Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, “Lost,” 3rd
  • Place – 2007
  • Nevada Council on Problem Gambling “Problem Gambling Breaks More Than The Bank” – 2008
  • California Office of Problem Gambling “More than Just Your Money” – 2010
  • Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling “Reaching Diverse Populations” – 2011
  • West Virginia Problem Gamblers Helpline Network – 2013
  • West Virginia Problem Gamblers Helpline Network – 2014
  • The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia – 2015
  • First Choice Health Systems “His Dad”(Corporate) – 2017
  • California Council on Problem Gambling and Betting On Our Future – High Tech Middle School, Chula Vista, CA-(Affiliate) – 2017
  • Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey “Your Recovery is Our Goal” (Affiliate) – 2018
  • The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia “Problem Gambling is a Heart Breaker” (Corporate) – 2018
  •  “What Does Teen Gambling Look Like?”
    Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia (Corporate) – 2019
  • “Change the Game – Youth Prevention Campaign” Ohio for Responsible Gambling (Corporate) – 2020
  • “Smart Play OK” Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling (Affiliate) – 2020

Public Awareness Award

  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council – 1992
  • Gear Up With Music – 2009
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation ”Game Sense”- 2010
  • Ohio Lottery Commission – 2011
  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling – 2013
  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling – 2014
  • Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling and MedSchool Maryland Productions – 2015
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2016
  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation-(Corporate) – 2017
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling (Affiliate) – 2017
  • Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling (Corporate) – 2018
  • MGM Resorts International (Corporate) – 2019
  • Oregon Council on Problem Gambling (Affiliates) – 2019
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling (Corporate) – 2020
  • Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling (Affiliate) – 2020

Service Award

  • Joanna Franklin – 2002
  • Linda Graves – 2003
  • Lori Rugle, Ph.D – 2004
  • Renee Seigel – 2011
  • Dr. Mark Griffiths – 2013

Social Media Award

  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2016

Website Award

  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling – 2010
  • California Office of Problem Gambling – 2011
  • Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling – 2012
  • MN Department of Human Services/Russell & Herder – 2013
  • Loto-Quebec – 2014
  • Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling – 2015
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2016
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services-(Corporate) – 2017
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling (Affiliate) – 2017
  • Russell Herder (Corporate) – 2018
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporate/GameSense – 2019
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling (Corporate) – 2020
  • California Council on Problem Gambling (Affiliate) – 2020

National Council on Problem Gambling

National Awards for
Outstanding work in Problem Gambling

 

View 2020 Recipients HERE

Each year the National Council on Problem Gambling honors individuals and organizations for their work on problem gambling and responsible gambling issues.  The process is overseen by the NCPG Awards Committee.  Please note the the NCPG Awards have undergone many changes over the past four decades, so the current criteria do not necessarily apply to previous awards.

For information on the most recent and past Awards Recipients and other Awards History, click here.

2021 Awards Nominations open for submissions in May.

Important Information:

– You must have an active (current) NCPG Membership in order to submit a nomination.

Not sure if your membership is current?

– 2021 Awards are for work that was completed or activities that occurred between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

– All nominations and accompanying materials must be submitted online.

– Please carefully follow the criteria outlined below for each award. Any nomination that does not meet criteria, is incomplete, or is received after due date for nominations will not be considered.

– Award winners are selected based on the merits of the nomination materials.  It is extremely important that submission(s) for nomination(s) be complete.  Since Members of the awards committee may not be familiar with a nominee, it is vital that nomination materials provide adequate information regarding the justification for the award.  This information should include specific examples, verification of facts, letters of support, and any other items necessary to make your case.  A poorly crafted or incomplete nomination may result in another candidate receiving the award.

– The Awards Committee reserves the right to solicit additional information regarding nominees at any time.

steps to submit a nomination

Step One: Familiarize yourself with the criteria for the award you are interested in.

Step Two: Gather all necessary documentation and have it ready to upload.

Step Three: Know your NCPG Membership Expiration Date.

Step Four: Log into Judgify platform by going here

The submission deadline for 2021 awards is JUNE 14.

judging
NCPG’s Committees, made up of Members and volunteers from across the country, are active participants in the National Awards process.

The Awards Committee oversees the Lifetime Awards and the selection process for the Annual Awards for Direct Service and Advocacy, as well as for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award.
The Research Committee conducts the Research, Dissertation, and Master’s Thesis Awards.
The Communications Committee conducts the selection of the various communications awards, as well as the Holiday Lottery Responsible Gambling Campaign.
The Prevention Committee oversees the selection of the Prevention Awards.

The online awards ceremony is on July 20 at 4:00 pm edt!

 

AWARDS DESCRIPTIONS AND CRITERIA