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About Dr Sally M Gainsbury

Dr Sally Gainsbury (nee Monaghan) BPsy(U.Sydney) PhD(U.Sydney) DocClinPsy(U.Sydney),  is a qualified Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years’ experience conducting gambling research. Her research has focused on understanding gambling to inform the development of responsible gambling strategies and harm minimisation policies. Her research excellence and contribution to the wider community has been recognised with numerous awards including Southern Cross University (SCU) Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research for Early to Mid-Career Researchers (2015), an Australian Psychological Society Early Career Researcher Award (2014) and Ian Potter Travel Grant (2013). Her PhD at the University of Sydney (2010) was supported by a nationally competitive Sir Robert Menzies Research Scholarship in Allied Health.
Dr. Gainsbury has been awarded numerous research grants (totalling $2,775,196) which include studies to examine responsible gambling options for electronic gaming machines, to further the understanding of Internet gambling and social gaming, and to review Internet-based treatment options. She 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.
Dr. Gainsbury is the Editor of the academic journal International Gambling Studies. She has published over 60 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.


2010 - Present Senior Lecturer, Southern Cross University School of Business and Tourism

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Honors and Awards

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
  • Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Research: Early to Mid-Career Researcher 2014
  • Australian Psychological Society Early Career Researcher Award
  • Ian Potter Foundation Travel Grant
  • Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences


2005 - 2010 PhD, University of Sydney, Australia ‐ Psychology
2001 - 2004 Bachelor of Psychology, Univeristy of Sydney ‐ Psychology

Contact Information

PO Box 157
Lismore NSW
Australia 2480


Journal articles (84)