Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D., is Director of Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, International Gaming Institute, and Head of Social & Recreational Gambling Research at the University of California, Los Angeles’s Gambling Studies Program. Dr. Abarbanel has expertise in global gambling and social science applications, and her research covers Internet gambling policy and behavior, esports and gambling, operations and technology use, and responsible gambling and community relations. Dr. Abarbanel serves as co-executive editor of the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, which publishes internationally-relevant gambling research articles representing a broad array of academic disciplines. She is an Academic Council Member at the International Center for Gaming Regulation, and a member of the editorial boards at International Gambling Studies and Harvard’s Division on Addiction’s Brief Addiction Science Information Source. She has been interviewed as a gambling expert for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, and the Discovery Channel, and served as a consultant for multiple industry and government entities around the world.
Dr. Abarbanel serves on the International Advisory Panel for Singapore’s National Addiction Management Service and National Council on Problem Gambling, and sits on the advisory boards for Leet LLC and the Global iGaming Summit and Expo. She is a founding director of the Nevada Esports Alliance, a non-profit organization comprised of stakeholders in Nevada’s esports ecosystem that promotes the development of best practices at the intersection of the esports and regulated gambling industries.
She was recently honored by the Global Gaming Expo and The Innovation Group with their 2015 Emerging Leader Award, and was named to the 2016 Global Gaming Business 40 Under 40 list. Dr. Abarbanel completed her B.S. in Statistics at Brown University and her M.S. and Ph.D. at University of Nevada, Las Vegas.