Addictive Behaviours Lab

The Addictive Behaviours Lab (ABL) is headed by Dr. David Hodgins.


The lab focuses on gambling addiction and substance abuse, including the clinical condition of pathological gambling. Projects we are involved in investigate various aspects of the psychology and physiology of addictive behaviours, as well as potential treatment approaches. 

The ABL works closely with researchers and policy makers on a local, provincial, and national level.


The Alberta Gambling Research Institute is a consortium of the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and the University of Lethbridge. Its primary purpose is to support and promote research into gambling in the Province of Alberta. 

The Substance Use & Gambling Laboratory is headed by Dr. Daniel McGrath, and focuses on the relationship between substance use and gambling addictions. 

CRISM is a collaborative project that includes researchers, service providers, policy makers, and people with lived experience of substance use. The Addictive Behaviours Lab is involved in three studies that fall under the CRISM umbrella: OPTIMA, Project Engage, and TOPP. 

Our Team

Learn about the students, staff, and volunteers in the Addictive Behaviours Lab.

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Find psychological instruments for researchers, and tools for people who may be experiencing problems with their gambling, substance use, or mental health. 

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Learn more about current and past research conducted in the lab, and view publications and conference posters

Learn about our research


Stay up to date with the Addictive Behaviours Lab and the Alberta Gambling Research Institute.

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Interested in volunteering for one of our studies? Check to see if we're recruiting! 

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