Chapter title: A contemporary understanding of recovery in the treatment of gambling disorders

Author: Dylan Pickering, Ph.D.

Affiliation: The University of Sydney, Australia

Author Biography:

Dr. Dylan Pickering is an early career researcher at the Gambling Treatment and Research Clinic at the University of Sydney. Dr. Pickering has seven years of professional experience in problem gambling intervention program development and evaluation. This includes his research to monitor long-term outcomes of the ClubsNSW multi-venue self-exclusion program for NSW gambling venues which has been used by over 10,000 Australians. In 2020, Dr. Pickering completed an NSW Government funded project to build and pilot test a self-directed website to increase the accessibility and convenience of self-exclusion entry. He completed his Ph.D. in 2019 on the conceptualization and measurement of recovery in Gambling Disorder. This research led him to develop the Recovery Index for Gambling Disorder (RIGD) – a patient-reported outcome measure that has since been implemented in clinical trial protocols and as an assessment tool at gambling clinics in Australia and internationally. Dr. Pickering’s clinical and research interests include Behavioural Addictions, including Gambling Disorder, person-centred recovery, psychometric assessment, and digital mental health interventions.