Dr. Linda B. Cottler, chair of the University of Florida department of epidemiology at the colleges of Public Health and Health Professions and Medicine, and PHHP’s associate dean for research and planning, has received the National Center for Responsible Gaming’s 2014 Scientific Achievement Award. She was recognized for her contributions to gambling disorder and responsible gaming research at the fifteenth annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.
In a news release, the NCRG called Dr. Cottler “a pivotal figure in the development of the field of gambling disorder, and her successful mentorship of young investigators has contributed to the NCRG’s adoption of special grant categories for early stage investigators.”
Dr. Cottler’s accomplishments include serving as a lead investigator of the 1981 Epidemiologic Catchment Area Study of mental disorders, which was among the first to provide substantial evidence for the high rate of co-occurring psychiatric disorders with gambling disorder. She was a member of the National Research Council committee, the group that wrote the seminal review of the state of the field.
Dr. Cottler has served as a member of the NCRG Scientific Advisory Board since 1998 and was chairwoman from 2009-2013. She has mentored several successful young investigators in the development of research programs on gambling disorder.