Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI)



The Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI) is housed within the Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology with the overall goal to conduct research on gambling awareness, behavior, risk, and gambling-related harms, including – North Carolina gambling behavior and risk prevalence studies, state/national/international studies focused on marginalized groups, and other studies aimed at filling research gaps.  

Some current GRPI Research & Outreach Projects include:  
  • Awareness, Behavior, & Risk [state, national, comparative] 
  • Education & Outreach [curriculum & evaluation] 
  • Gambling-Motivated Crime 
  • Gambling-Related Harms 
  • Help-Seeking Behavior 
  • Treatment Diversion Courts (GTDC) 
  • Treatment Efficacy 
  • Voluntary Self-Exclusion (VSE)
Including focused research on: 
  • Carceral Populations 
  • College Students 
  • Emerging Adults 
  • Elderly 
  • Gender/Women 
  • Legality 
  • LGBTQ+ 
  • North Carolina 
  • Youth
Recent Publications 

Malkin, M.L. & Stacey, M. (2024).  Gender Differences in Gambling-Related Harms and Gambling-Motivated Crime. Journal of Gambling Issues. (forthcoming) 

Malkin, M. L. & Stacey, M. (2023). Gambling Behavior among LGBTQ+ Individuals: The Role of Gender and Gender Identity. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-24. 

Stanmyre, J. F., Nower, L., & Malkin, M. L. (2023). Problem Gambling and Sexual Minority Individuals: Evaluating Influence of Age and Comorbid Mental Health and Substance Use Problems. Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-13. 

GRPI Faculty & Staff

Director: Dr. Michelle L. Malkin –
Affiliated Faculty: Dr. Michele Stacey
Administrative Assistant: Latasha Cobb –
Graduate Reseach Assistants: Morgan Greene, Tracee Moore, Kexuan Zhou
Undergraduate Research Assistant: Cassidy Morrison 

Job Opportunities (current & upcoming) [contact office for more details]: 
  • Research Post-Doc 
  • Affiliated faculty opportunities [interdisciplinary] 
  • Graduate & undergraduate student research opportunities  
  • Student webmaster
Contact us:

Gambling Research & Policy Initiative (GRPI)
A113 Brewster Suite, Mail Code 187
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 328-5178 

Funding for the GRPI is made in part by:

NC Department of Health & Human Services Problem Gambling Program

NC Department of Health & Human Services Problem Gambling Program at the bottom instead of pasting the link.