The National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG), the leading national organization in the US for people and their families who are affected by problem gambling and gambling addiction, appointed Marc Potenza MD, PhD to the Board of Directors. Dr. Potenza served on the board in previous years, and now returns to represent Individual Members through July 2020, completing the board term of Judge Mark Farrell who recently resigned not long before passing away.
“Marc Potenza brings to NCPG a wealth and depth of information, experience, and knowledge about problem gambling. We are thrilled to welcome him back to the Board of Directors to continue the development of responsible gambling and problem gambling resources focused on the reality of gambling addiction,” said Keith Whyte, Executive Director of NCPG.
Dr. Potenza is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in addiction psychiatry. His research focuses on how behavioral addictions are similar to and different from substance addictions, for which he has won numerous accolades. He currently works as a professor of Psychiatry at Yale University in the Child Study Center and Neuroscience. Dr. Potenza also serves as the Director at Yale’s Center of Excellence in Gambling Research and at the Yale Program for Research on Impulsivity and Impulse Control Disorders, as well as at the Director for Women and Addictive Disorders at the Yale Women’s Health Research Center. He also serves as Senior Scientist at the Connecticut Council on Problem Gambling.
Dr. Potenza’s board role builds on a long history with NCPG. Most recently, Dr. Potenza presented at the 33rd National Conference on Gambling Addiction & Responsible Gambling held in Denver, CO. The session, entitled “Gambling, Gaming, and Pornography Use: What a Long, Strange (Internet) Trip It Has Been”, focused on the impact of the world wide web on gambling. Dr. Potenza also received the NCPG Lifetime Research Award in 2016 for his work on gambling and addiction.
About the National Council on Problem Gambling
NCPG is the national advocate for people and families affected by problem gambling. NCPG is neutral on legalized gambling and works with all stakeholders to promote responsible gambling.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, call or text the National Problem Gambling Helpline Network at 1-800-522-4700 or visit www.ncpgambling.org/chat for confidential help.