Dr Alex Russell Research Division

Senior Postdoctoral Fellow

BSc (Psych), GradDipSci (Merit, Psych), PhD

Contact Details

Email: a.m.russell@cqu.edu.au

Phone: (02) 9324 5026 - Ext: 55026

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About Me

My background is in Psychology. I completed my PhD in 2014 in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. I studied taste and smell perception, with a specific interest in wine perception. During that time I also conducted research into odour-colour synaesthesia. I taught statistics to students at all tertiary levels and was highly regarded for my teaching and statistical skills.

Towards the end of my PhD, I started working in gambling research with researchers at the University of Sydney. This led to a position in the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University, where I worked for a little over four years.

I am now working as a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at CQUniversity, with a focus on gambling research. My specific interests in the area of gambling are: the role of new technologies in gambling (such as internet and smartphone gambling); social influences on gambling; normalisation of gambling and gambling-related harm; sports betting and many other topics.

Universities Studied At
I completed my BSc (Psych), GradDipSci (Psych, with Merit) and my PhD in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. My fourth year thesis and PhD were supervised by Professor Bob Boakes.
Universities Worked At
I have worked at the University of Sydney (in Psychology, Business, Agriculture and various other areas), Macquarie University (synaesthesia study), Southern Cross University and now CQUniversity. I have also guest lectured at various places, including New York University.
Awards

Three publication awards from the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, for the amount of publication outputs during the year.

One award for contributions to postgraduate community from the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, for the work I did in my role as student representative.

Media Citations
I am regularly interviewed on radio and for newspaper or website articles about my various research topics, particularly gambling and wine expertise. I have also appeared on television shows such as ABC's Catalyst.
As of September 2016, I have appeared on two television programs (including ABC's Catalyst), in approximately 20 radio interviews and have been cited in at least a dozen newspaper articles. I have also written a few articles for The Conversation, one of which was one of their highest rating articles of 2014.
Previous teaching

Most of my teaching is in statistics and research methods. I have taught this in various Schools at the University of Sydney, to tertiary students of all levels. In general my teaching has been recognised as being popular amongst the students, due to my ability to explain highly technical issues in plain English. I was appointed as the first Postgraduate Teaching Fellow (aka Senior Tutor) in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney and had roles in coordinating the various statistics courses within the School.

I have also lectured on taste and smell perception, both within the University of Sydney and to various other groups.

Professional Experience
During my undergraduate degree, I worked in sensory market research, designing and analysing research that tested consumer reactions to new food products.
Professional Memberships

National Association for Gambling Studies

Australasian Association for Chemosensory Science

Responsibilities

I am responsible for conducting high-level research on gambling issues, including determining research questions, designing the research methodology, conducting statistical analyses, writing papers and attracting research funding.

Computer Software

I use a range of software for statistical analyses, including but not limited to: SPSS, R, MPlus, Excel, JASP, and various others. They each serve different purposes.

For other research needs, I use a wide range of software to suit the requirements of the situation.

Refereed Articles
For a complete list of my research publications, please see either Google Scholar (https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=hJZwAYkAAAAJ&hl=en) or Researchgate (https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Alex_Russell)
PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES
Psychology - Psychology not elsewhere classified
Gambling
Psychology - Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Taste and smell perception, specifically wine expertise
Journal article

Russell, A. M. T., Hing, N., Browne, M., & Rawat, V. (2018). Are direct messages (texts and emails) from wagering operators associated with betting intention and behavior? An ecological momentary assessment study.. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7(4), 1079-1090. doi:10.1556/2006.7.2018.99

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Russell, A. M. T., Langham, E., & Hing, N. (2018). Social influences normalize gambling-related harm among higher risk gamblers. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7(4), 1100-1111. doi:10.1556/2006.7.2018.139

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Russell, A. M. T., Hing, N., Browne, M., Li, E., & Vitartas, P. (2018). Who bets on micro events (microbets) in sports?. Journal of Gambling Studies, 19 pages. doi:10.1007/s10899-018-9810-y

Hing, N., Browne, M., Russell, A. M. T., Greer, N., Thomas, A., Jenkinson, R., & Rockloff, M. (2018). Where's the Bonus in Bonus Bets?: Assessing Sports Bettors' Comprehension of their True Cost.. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-13. doi:10.1007/s10899-018-9800-0

Russell, A. M. T., Hing, N., Li, E., & Vitartas, P. (2018). Gambling risk groups are not all the same: Risk factors amongst sports bettors. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-22. doi:10.1007/s10899-018-9765-z

Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., Li, E., & Vitartas, P. (2018). Does the uptake of wagering inducements predict impulse betting on sport?. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7(1), 146-157. doi:10.1556/2006.7.2018.17

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., Lamont, M., & Vitartas, P. (2017). Bet anywhere, anytime: An analysis of Internet sports bettors’ responses to gambling promotions during sports broadcasts by problem gambling severity. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33(4), 1051-1065. doi:10.1007/s10899-017-9671-9

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., & Hronis, A. (2017). What behaviours and cognitions support responsible consumption of gambling? Results from an expert survey. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 15(6), 1320-1341. doi:10.1007/s11469-017-9793-4

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A. M. T., Hing, N., & Blaszczynski, A. (2018). Consumer engagement with and perceptions of offshore online gambling sites. New Media and Society, 20(8), 2990-3010. doi:10.1177/1461444817738783

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., & Hronis, A. (2017). A definition and set of principles for responsible consumption of gambling. International Gambling Studies, 1-24. doi:10.1080/14459795.2017.1390591

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Hing, N., Li, E., Vitartas, P., & Russell, A. M. T. (2017). On the spur of the moment: Intrinsic predictors of impulse sports betting. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-16. doi:10.1007/s10899-017-9719-x

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Hing, N., & Russell, A. M. T. (2017). Psychological factors, sociodemographic characteristics, and coping mechanisms associated with the self-stigma of problem gambling. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6(3), 416-424. doi:10.1556/2006.6.2017.056

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Fritz, K., Russell, A. M. T., Allwang, C., Kuiper, S., Lampe, L., & Malhi, G. S. (2017). Is a delay in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder inevitable?. Bipolar Disorders, 19(5), 396-400. doi:10.1111/bdi.12499

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Goodwin, B. C., Browne, M., Hing, N., & Russell, A. M. T. (2017). Applying a revised two-factor model of impulsivity to predict health behaviour and well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 111, 250-255. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.02.029

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M., & Browne, M. (2017). Risk factors for gambling problems on online electronic gaming machines, race betting and sports betting. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1-15. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00779

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Hing, N., Sproston, K., Tran, K., & Russell, A. M. T. (2017). Gambling responsibly: Who does it and to what end?. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33(1), 149-165. doi:10.1007/s10899-016-9615-9

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Hing, N., & Russell, A. M. T. (2017). How anticipated and experienced stigma can contribute to self-stigma: The case of problem gambling. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1-11. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00235

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Gainsbury, S. M., King, D. L., Russell, A. M. T., Delfabbro, P., & Hing, N. (2017). Virtual addictions: An examination of problematic social casino game use among at-risk gamblers. Addictive Behaviors, 64, 334-339. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.12.007

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Kohlhoff, J., Hawes, D. J., Mence, M., Russell, A. M. T., Wedgwood, L., & Morgan, S. (2016). Emotion regulation strategies and parenting practices among parents of children with clinic-referred conduct problems. Parenting, 16(4), 302-319. doi:10.1080/15295192.2016.1184942

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A. M. T., King, D. L., Delfabbro, P., & Hing, N. (2016). Migration from social casino games to gambling: Motivations and characteristics of gamers who gamble. Computers in Human Behavior, 63, 59-67. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2016.05.021

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King, D. L., Russell, A., Gainsbury, S., Delfabbro, P. H., & Hing, N. (2016). The cost of virtual wins: An examination of gambling-related risks in youth who spend money on social casino games. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 5(3), 401-409. doi:10.1556/2006.5.2016.067

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., Gainsbury, S. M., & Nuske, E. (2016). The public stigma of problem gambling: Its nature and relative intensity compared to other health conditions. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(3), 847-864. doi:10.1007/s10899-015-9580-8

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., & Gainsbury, S. M. (2016). Unpacking the public stigma of problem gambling: The process of stigma creation and predictors of social distancing. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 5(3), 448-456. doi:10.1556/2006.5.2016.057

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Gluckman, N. S., Hawes, D. J., & Russell, A. M. T. (2016). Are callous-unemotional traits associated with conflict adaptation in childhood?. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 47(4), 583-592. doi:10.1007/s10578-015-0593-4

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., Vitartas, P., & Lamont, M. (2016). Demographic, behavioural and normative risk factors for gambling problems amongst sports bettors. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(2), 625-641. doi:10.1007/s10899-015-9571-9

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Hing, N., Russell, A., Tolchard, B., & Nower, L. (2016). Risk factors for gambling problems: An analysis by gender. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(2), 511-534. doi:10.1007/s10899-015-9548-8

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Gainsbury, S. M., King, D. L., Russell, A. M. T., & Delfabbro, P. (2016). Who pays to play freemium games?: The profiles and motivations of players who make purchases within social casino games. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 5(2), 221-230. doi:10.1556/2006.5.2016.031

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Hing, N., Nuske, E., Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A. M. T., & Breen, H. (2016). How does the stigma of problem gambling influence help-seeking, treatment and recovery?: A view from the counselling sector. International Gambling Studies, 16(2), 263-280. doi:10.1080/14459795.2016.1171888

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., Gainsbury, S. M., & Blaszczynski, A. (2016). A case of mistaken identity? A comparison of professional and amateur problem gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(1), 277-289. doi:10.1007/s10899-015-9531-4

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Blaszczynski, A., Russell, A., Gainsbury, S., & Hing, N. (2016). Mental health and online, land-based and mixed gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(1), 261-275. doi:10.1007/s10899-015-9528-z

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Gainsbury, S. M., Liu, Y., Russell, A. M. T., & Teichert, T. (2016). Is all internet gambling equally problematic?: Considering the relationship between mode of access and gambling problems. Computers in Human Behavior, 55(Part B), 717-728. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2015.10.006

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Hing, N., Nuske, E., Gainsbury, S. M., & Russell, A. M. T. (2016). Perceived stigma and self-stigma of problem gambling: Perspectives of people with gambling problems. International Gambling Studies, 16(1), 31-48. doi:10.1080/14459795.2015.1092566

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Gainsbury, S. M., King, D. L., Russell, A. M. T., Delfabbro, P., Derevensky, J., & Hing, N. (2016). Exposure to and engagement with gambling marketing in social media: Reported impacts on moderate-risk and problem gamblers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30(2), 270-276. doi:10.1037/adb0000156

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Langham, E., Russell, A. M. T., Hing, N., & Gainsbury, S. M. (2017). Sense of coherence and gambling: Exploring the relationship between sense of coherence, gambling behaviour and gambling-related harm. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33(2), 661-684. doi:10.1007/s10899-016-9640-8

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Gainsbury, S. M., Aro, D., Ball, D., Tobar, C., & Russell, A. (2015). Optimal content for warning messages to enhance consumer decision making and reduce problem gambling. Journal of Business Research, 68(10), 2093-2101. doi:10.1016/j.jbusres.2015.03.007

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Hing, N., Russell, A., Tolchard, B., & Nuske, E. (2015). Are there distinctive outcomes from self-exclusion? An exploratory study comparing gamblers who have self-excluded, received counselling, or both. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13(4), 481-496. doi:10.1007/s11469-015-9554-1

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Hing, N., Nuske, E., Tolchard, B., & Russell, A. (2015). What influences the types of help that problem gamblers choose? A preliminary grounded theory model. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 13, 241-256. doi:10.1007/s11469-014-9525-y

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Gainsbury, S., Aro, D., Ball, D., Tobar, C., & Russell, A. (2015). Determining optimal placement for pop-up messages: Evaluation of a live trial of dynamic warning messages for electronic gaming machines. International Gambling Studies, 15(1), 141-158. doi:10.1080/14459795.2014.1000358

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A., Blaszczynski, A., & Hing, N. (2015). The interaction between gambling activities and modes of access: A comparison of Internet-only, land-based only, and mixed-mode gamblers. Addictive Behaviors, 41, 34-40. doi:10.1016/j.addbeh.2014.09.023

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Gainsbury, S. M., & Russell, A. (2015). Betting patterns for sports and races: A longitudinal analysis of online wagering in Australia. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(1), 17-32. doi:10.1007/s10899-013-9415-4

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., Gainsbury, S. M., & Blaszczynski, A. (2015). Characteristics and help-seeking behaviors of internet gamblers based on most problematic mode of gambling. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(1), 1-13. doi:10.2196/jmir.3781

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Russell, A., Stevenson, R. J., & Rich, A. N. (2015). Chocolate smells pink and stripy: Exploring olfactory-visual synesthesia. Cognitive Neuroscience, 6(2-3), 77-88. doi:10.1080/17588928.2015.1035245

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A., Blaszczynski, A., & Hing, N. (2015). Greater involvement and diversity of internet gambling as a risk factor for problem gambling. European Journal of Public Health, 25(4), 723-728. doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckv006

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A., Wood, R., Hing, N., & Blaszczynski, A. (2015). How risky is Internet gambling? A comparison of subgroups of internet gamblers based on problem gambling status. New Media and Society, 17(6), 861-879. doi:10.1177/1461444813518185

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A., Hing, N., Wood, R., Lubman, D., & Blaszczynski, A. (2015). How the internet is changing gambling: Findings from an Australian prevalence survey. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31, 1-15. doi:10.1007/s10899-013-9404-7

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Hing, N., Russell, A., Blaszczynski, A., & Gainsbury, S. M. (2014). What’s in a Name? Assessing the accuracy of self-identifying as a professional or semi-professional gambler. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(4), 1799-1818. doi:10.1007/s10899-014-9507-9

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Hing, N., Breen, H., Gordon, A., & Russell, A. (2014). Gambling harms and gambling help-seeking amongst Indigenous Australians. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(3), 737-755. doi:10.1007/s10899-013-9388-3

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Hing, N., Breen, H., Gordon, A., & Russell, A. (2014). Risk factors for problem gambling among Indigenous Australians: An empirical study. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(2), 387-402. doi:10.1007/s10899-013-9364-y

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A., & Hing, N. (2014). An investigation of social casino gaming among land-based and Internet gamblers: A comparison of socio-demographic characteristics, gambling and co-morbidities. Computers in Human Behavior, 33, 126-135. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2014.01.031

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Hing, N., Breen, H., Gordon, A., & Russell, A. (2014). Aboriginal card gamblers and non-card gamblers: Do they differ?. International Gambling Studies, 14(2), 228-250. doi:10.1080/14459795.2014.896388

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A., & Blaszczynski, A. (2014). Are psychology university student gamblers representative of non-university students and general gamblers? A comparative analysis. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(1), 11-25. doi:10.1007/s10899-012-9334-9

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Hing, N., Breen, H., Gordon, A., & Russell, A. (2014). Gambling behaviour and gambling risk factors for Indigenous Australian women. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12(1), 1-20. doi:10.1007/s11469-013-9458-x

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Hing, N., Breen, H., Gordon, A., & Russell, A. (2014). Gambling among Indigenous men and problem gambling risk factors: An Australian study. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12(4), 491-508. doi:10.1007/s11469-014-9480-7

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Crewe-Brown, C., Blaszczynski, A., & Russell, A. (2014). Prize level and debt size: Impact on gambling behaviour. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(3), 639-651. doi:10.1007/s10899-013-9379-4

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Hing, N., Breen, H., Gordon, A., & Russell, A. (2014). The gambling behavior of Indigenous Australians. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(2), 369-386. doi:10.1007/s10899-013-9358-9

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A., Hing, N., Wood, R., Lubman, D. I., & Blaszczynski, A. (2014). The prevalence and determinants of problem gambling in Australia: Assessing the impact of interactive gambling and new technologies. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28(3), 769-779. doi:10.1037/a0036207

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Gainsbury, S. M., Russell, A., Hing, N., Wood, R., & Blaszczynski, A. (2013). The impact of internet gambling on gambling problems: A comparison of moderate-risk and problem Internet and non-internet gamblers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(4), 1092-1101. doi:10.1037/a0031475

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Hawes, D. J., Dadds, M. R., Frost, A. D. J., & Russell, A. (2013). Parenting practices and prospective levels of hyperactivity/inattention across early- and middle-childhood. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35(3), 273-282. doi:10.1007/s10862-013-9341-x

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Gainsbury, S., Wood, R., Russell, A., Hing, N., & Blaszczynski, A. (2012). A digital revolution: Comparison of demographic profiles, attitudes and gambling behavior of Internet and non-Internet gamblers. Computers in Human Behavior, 28(4), 1388-1398. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2012.02.024

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Stevenson, R. J., Rich, A., & Russell, A. (2012). The nature and origin of cross-modal associations to odours. Perception, 41(5), 606-619. doi:10.1068/p7223

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Russell, A. M. T., & Boakes, R. A. (2011). Identification of confusable odours including wines: Appropriate labels enhance performance. Food Quality and Preference, 22(3), 296-303. doi:10.1016/j.foodqual.2010.11.007

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Report

Hing, N., Russell, A. M., Rawat, V., Rockloff, M., & Browne, M. (2018). Evaluation of the My Moola Indigenous money management program as a gambling harm minimisation tool. First Nations Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.scribd.com/

Hing, N., Russell, A. M., & Rawat, V. (2018). Direct messages received from wagering operators. Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Retrieved from https://responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/

Hing, N., Russell, A. M., Rockloff, M., Browne, M., Langham, E., Li, E., . . . Thorne, H. (2018). Effects of wagering marketing on vulnerable adults. Melbourne, Vic: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Retrieved from https://responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/

Russell, A. M., Langham, E., Hing, N., & Rawat, V. (2018). Social influences on gamblers by risk group: An egocentric social network analysis. Melbourne, Vic: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Retrieved from https://responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/

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Hing, N., Russell, A., & Hronis, A. (2016). Behavioural indicators of responsible gambling consumption. Melbourne: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Retrieved from https://responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/

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Hing, N., Russell, A., Nuske, E., & Gainsbury, S. (2015). The stigma of problem gambling: Causes, characteristics and consequences. Melbourne: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Retrieved from http://www.insidegambling.com.au/

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Gainsbury, S. M., King, D., Delfabbro, P., Hing, N., Russell, A., Blaszczynski, A., & Derevensky, J. (2015). The use of social media in gambling. Melbourne, Vic.: State of Victoria, Department of Justice. Retrieved from http://www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/

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Hing, N., Russell, A. M. T., Tolchard, B., & Nower, L. (2014). A comparative study of men and women gamblers in Victoria. Melbourne: Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Retrieved from https://www.responsiblegambling.vic.gov.au/

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Hing, N., Gainsbury, S. M., Blaszczynski, A., Wood, R., Lubman, D., & Russell, A. (2014). Interactive gambling. Victoria: Department of Justice. Retrieved from https://www.liquorandgaming.nsw.gov.au/

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Hing, N., Tolchard, B., Nuske, E., & Russell, A. (2014). The effectiveness of gambling exclusion programs in Queensland. [Brisbane], Qld: Department of Justice and Attorney-General.

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Book chapter

Hing, N., Breen, H., Gordon, A., & Russell, A. (2015). Gambling motivations of indigenous Australians. In G. Martinotti, & H. BowdenJones (Eds.), Gambling: Cultural attitudes, motivations and impact on quality of life (pp. 29-58). Hauppauge, NY.: Nova Science Publishers. doi:10.13140/2.1.2096.4169

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Lynch, J., McGoldrick, A., & Russell, A. M. (2012). Asylum seekers as political spectacle. In D. Freedman, & D. K. Thussu (Eds.), Media and Terrorism: Global Perspectives (pp. 30 pages). London: SAGE Publications.

Higher Education
HE Term 1 - 2019
PSYC12048 - Research Methods
Unit Coordinator
Vocational Education and Training