Sally Gainsbury


Sally Gainsbury

2007 Allied Health Scholar

Scholarship biography (at time of award)

Sally Gainsbury holds a Bachelor of Psychology with First Class Honours from the University of Sydney.

Sally was awarded the Scholarship to complete her PhD entitled "Do irrational beliefs maintain problem gambling behaviour? An evaluation of the effectiveness of responsible gambling signage on electronic gaming machines" at the University of Sydney.

Studied at: University of Sydney

Current Biography

Dr. Sally Gainsbury, PhD, Doctor.ClinPsych, BPsych(Hons), is trained as a Clinical Psychologist and has over 10 years' experience conducting gambling research. Her research has focused on understanding the psychology of gambling to inform the development of responsible gambling strategies and harm minimisation policies.

Dr. Gainsbury has been invited to give over 80 keynote and conference presentations internationally and has provided expert input for policy makers and key stakeholders in Australia and internationally.

She is the Editor of the academic journal International Gambling Studies.

She has published over 80 peer-review journal articles, two books, and numerous book chapters and research reports. She has been featured in numerous international media stories, including CNN International.

Dr. Gainsbury has been awarded numerous research grants totalling $2,815,852.

She is the first author of a seminal paper regarding the impact of gambling advertisements for youth which has been cited over 100 times since 2008. Her research on Internet gambling has been instrumental in informing policy development and was cited 138 times in the 2010 Joint Select Senate Committee on Gambling Reform's report on Internet gambling and 65 times in the 183 page Department of Communication's 2013 review of the Interactive Gambling Act.

Dr. Gainsbury has expertise in qualitative and quantitative research, including experimental studies and in-venue evaluations of gambling policies. Her experience, understanding of the academic research as well as the practical experience and impact of gambling within Australia and internationally and wide network of expert connections make her a highly valuable research team member.

Dr. Gainsbury was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (ARC DECRA) in 2016 and her research is now focussing on understanding the psychological processes behind online risk taking and the influence of social cues online.

Scholarship Year: 2007

Fields of Interest

Allied Health, Science