NCPG Award 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 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.

Please visit the 2022 NATIONAL AWARDS page for the timeline and criteria for the 2022 National Awards.

National Award RECIPIENTS

Given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the direct provision of services to problem gamblers and their families. Direct service is defined as prevention, direct awareness outreach, treatment/counseling, helpline work, and other related activities. Named after the problem gambling pioneer Dr. Robert Custer, the Custer Award for Service is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of service on behalf of problem gamblers.

  • 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
  • Heather Chapman, PhD, ICGC-II – 2021

Given in recognition of a career dedicated to improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families through advocacy, research, training, or the promotion of public awareness. Named after NCPG founder Monsignor Joseph Dunne, the Lifetime Award for Advocacy is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of advocacy on behalf of problem gamblers. Formerly the 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
  • Deborah Haskins, PhD, ICGC-IIBACC – 2021

Given to honor a person for exceptional long-standing achievement in the field of research to assist problem gamblers and their families. Research is defined as the deliberate scientific study which fosters assistance to problem gamblers, families, and the prevention of problem gambling. This award for research is only bestowed in exceptional times and circumstances, to individuals who exemplify at least twenty years of treatment on behalf of problem gamblers.

  • Dr. Mark Griffiths – 2013
  • Dr. Alex Blaszczynski – 2014
  • Dr. Howard Shaffer – 2015
  • Dr. Marc Potenza – 2016
  • Dr. Jeff Derevensky – 2017
  • Dr. Richard Rosenthal – 2018
  • Rachel Volberg, PhD – 2021 

     

Given annually to recognize the dedication to improving the lives of problem gamblers and their families through advocacy, training, or the promotion of public awareness. Named after Don Hulen, Arizona Council on Compulsive Gambling founder and longtime NCPG Board member, few could match his dedication to helping problem gamblers.

  • 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
  • Judge Cheryl Moss – 2021

Given annually to recognize achievement in the direct provision of services to problem gamblers and their families, this award is named after Joanna Franklin, outstanding counselor, trainer and advocate who helped found the NCGC credential and the International Gambling Counselor Certification Board (IGCCB).  Direct services are defined as prevention, training, direct awareness outreach, treatment/counseling, helpline work, and other related activities.

  • 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
  • Lihn Ho – 2021

Outstanding annual achievement in advocacy, development, integration, outreach, research or training in the area of prevention of problem gambling. This award is named for Jim Wuelfing, well known national trainer and evangelist in problem gambling 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
  • Kaitlin Brown – 2021

Given annually to recognize a person in recovery who is active with NCPG and offers their personal experience with addiction and recovery to the problem gambling and/or responsible gaming fields in the same spirit that Jeff did – with warmth, professional expertise and an open heart, serving as a resource in pursuit of better outcomes for all concerned. He was an esteemed colleague, well-known as an inspirational leader in the problem gambling field. He was also a friend and mentor to many here at NCPG.

  • Jeffrey M. Beck – 2018
  • Jodie Nealley – 2019
  • Marc Lefkowitz – 2020
  • Roger Olsen – 2021

The best original peer-reviewed research article on problem and pathological gambling published within the past year. The research must contribute substantially to the understanding of this disorder. The criteria include the impact, quality and relevance to gamblers and their families.

  • 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
  • Nassim Tabri, Richard Wood, Kahlil Philander and Michael Wohl – 2021

For the outstanding graduate doctoral dissertation award in the area of problem gambling. This award is dedicated to Dr. Durand Jacobs’ lifelong commitment to the mentoring of students and will be presented annually to a student who has successfully completed a Doctoral Dissertation that merits special recognition. The recipient shall have completed a research study that has the potential to contribute to our scientific knowledge and clinical understanding of problem gambling behavior. Formerly the 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
  • William Spencer Murch – 2021

For the outstanding graduate master’s thesis in the area of problem gambling. The award will be presented annually to an individual who has successfully completed a master’s Thesis that merits special recognition. The recipient shall have completed a research study that has the potential to contribute to our scientific knowledge and clinical understanding of problem and pathological gambling behavior.

  • 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

An award given in recognition of extraordinary Volunteer Contributions to the NCPG over the course of the past year by an NCPG Member.

  • Joanna Franklin – 2002
  • Linda Graves – 2003
  • Lori Rugle, Ph.D – 2004
  • Renee Seigel – 2011
  • Dr. Mark Griffiths – 2013
  • Enrique Zuniga – 2021

Outstanding news reporting by a News Organization in any communications channel that has best-covered problem gambling. Formerly the Annual 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
  • “Bay State Confronts Problem Gambling In Ways Connecticut Does Not”
    Mark Pazniokiss, Capital Bureau & Co-Founder of the CT Mirror in Hartford Connecticut – 2021

For the best material prepared by a Lottery in support of the NCPG Holiday Responsible Gambling Campaign.

  • 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
  • North Carolina Education Lottery – 2021

An award given to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding commitment to social responsibility as it relates to problem gambling in the past year.

  • 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
  • GamRes Limited – 2021

Outstanding public awareness campaign by an NCPG Affiliate in the past year via any communications channel.

  • 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 – 2017
  • Oregon Council on Problem Gambling – 2019
  • Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling – 2020
  • The Responsible Gambling Council of Toronto, Canada – 2021

Outstanding public awareness campaign in the past year via any communications channel.

  • Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council – 1992
  • Gear Up With Music – 2009
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporation ”Game Sense”- 2010
  • Ohio Lottery Commission – 2011
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2016
  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation – 2017
  • Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling – 2018
  • MGM Resorts International – 2019
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2020
  • North Carolina Education Lottery – 2021

An outstanding website by an NCPG Affiliate that has best raised public awareness of problem gambling.

  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling – 2010
  • Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling – 2012
  • Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling – 2015
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2017
  • California Council on Problem Gambling – 2020
  • Evergreen Council of Problem Gambling – 2021

An outstanding website that has best raised public awareness of problem gambling.

  • California Office of Problem Gambling – 2011
  • MN Department of Human Services/Russell & Herder – 2013
  • Loto-Quebec – 2014
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2016
  • Minnesota Department of Human Services – 2017
  • Russell Herder – 2018
  • British Columbia Lottery Corporate/GameSense – 2019
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2020
  • North Carolina Education Lottery – 2021

Most effective multi-cultural outreach program by an NCPG Affiliate using integrated communication channels. 

  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling, Puyallup Tribal Health Authority and Puyallup High School – 2016
  • Evergreen Council of Problem Gambling – 2021

Most effective multi-cultural outreach program using integrated communication channels.

  • Minnesota Department of Human Services – 2017
  • California Office of Problem Gambling – 2018
  • Responsible Gambling Council, Ontario, Canada – 2019
  • New Jersey Lottery – 2021

An award for an outstanding problem gambling-related newsletter by an NCPG Affiliate in the past year.

  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling – 2010
  • Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling – 2011
  • Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance – 2012
  • Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling – 2013
  • Evergreen Council on Problem Gambling – 2019
  • Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance – 2021

An award for an outstanding problem gambling-related newsletter in the past year.

  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation – 2014
  • North Carolina Education Lottery – 2015
  • Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling – 2016
  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation – 2017
  • McGill University International Centre for Youth Gambling Problems and High-Risk Behaviors – 2018
  • Connecticut Lottery Corporation – 2019
  • Oregon State Lottery – 2020
  • Plainridge Park Casino – 2021

The most popular print public awareness message by an NCPG Affiliate in the last year. 

  • Nevada Council on Problem Gambling “Problem Gambling Breaks More Than The Bank” – 2008
  • Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling “Reaching Diverse Populations” – 2011
  • California Council on Problem Gambling and Betting On Our Future – High Tech Middle School, Chula Vista, CA – 2017
  • Council on Compulsive Gambling of New Jersey “Your Recovery is Our Goal” – 2018
  • “Smart Play OK” Oklahoma Association on Problem & Compulsive Gambling – 2020

The most popular print public awareness message in the past year. 

  • 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?” (First Place) – 2007
  • Responsible Gambling Council of Ontario, “Know a Friend Who’s Lost in the Shuffle?” (Second Place) – 2007
  • Missouri Alliance to Curb Problem Gambling “Hope & Help,” & Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance, “Lost,” (Third Place) Place – 2007
  • California Office of Problem Gambling “More than Just Your Money” – 2010
  • 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” – 2017
  • The Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia “Problem Gambling is a Heart Breaker” – 2018
  •  “What Does Teen Gambling Look Like?” – Problem Gamblers Help Network of West Virginia – 2019
  • “Change the Game – Youth Prevention Campaign” Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2020
  • “New Jersey Lottery Life Balance Advertisement” New Jersey Lottery – 2021

  • Dr. Jim Kooler, Betting On Our Future
  • Janine Robinson “The Responsible Gambling Council’s Youth Prevention Approach” – 2018
  • Mina Hazar & Adela Colhon: YMCA Youth Gambling Awareness
  • Nyamal (Mal) Tutdeal “Influence of the Gambling Industry on the Immigrant & Refugee Community” – 2018
  • Delaware Council – 1998
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Michael Razavi “Alcohol, Tobacco and Gambling Advertising Under Three Feet” – 2010
  • Ohio for Responsible Gambling – 2016