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Florida: Doctoral Student Receives Dissertation Grant from National Center for Responsible Gaming

Mr. Nathan Smith, a doctoral student in epidemiology at the University of Florida and a predoctoral fellow in UF’s National Institute on Drug Abuse-funded training program in substance abuse research, has received a dissertation grant award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

The grant supports the inclusion of a specific aim on social isolation, drug use and gambling in Mr. Smith’s dissertation research, “Social Isolation and Gambling Problems in 10-17 year-olds.” The data comes from a three-state study of non-oral administration of prescription stimulants (SNAPS) among 1,800 10-17 year-olds led by Mr. Smith’s mentor Dr. Linda B. Cottler, a dean’s professor of epidemiology and associate dean for research in the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions. Mr. Smith served as a site coordinator for the study, also known as SNAPS. Analyses will identify risk factors for the relationship between social isolation and gambling problems among youth.

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