Robert Ladouceur is full professor in psychology at Laval University, Quebec, Canada, and a licensed clinical psychologist in the Province of Quebec. He is also the director of the Centre québécois d'excellence pour la prévention et le traitement du jeu, a group of 20 researchers and clinicians working on different issues related to gambling (epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and the fundamental aspects of gambling behavior). He has published over 150 articles and chapters in the areas of gambling. His work on gambling is internationally known. He was invited twice to present his work at the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, the U.S. Presidential Commission on Gambling. In 1996, he received the Research Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling, recognizing the high quality of his work. In 2003, he received the Senior Research Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming, Harvard University.
He has presented his work in many Canadian provinces, American states, and European and Asian countries. His cognitive treatment for pathological gamblers developed at Laval University is widely used. He recently published a paper on responsible gambling called the Reno Model with Alex Blaszczynski from the University of Sydney, Australia, and Howard Shaffer from Harvard University.
Stella Lachance is a psychologist who has worked at the Center of Excellence for the Prevention and Treatment of Problem Gambling at Laval University since 1996. As a clinician-researcher, she has been extensively involved in the development and delivery of treatment for pathological gambling and has provided therapy to many gamblers over the years. In addition, she contributed to the development of a step-by-step treatment guide for problem gamblers, which has been endorsed by the Quebec Ministry of Health and Social Services and is used by most treatment centers in the Province of Quebec. Since 2000, she has conducted many workshops, presented at conferences, and provided numerous training sessions on the treatment of problem gambling.