Brett Abarbanel, Ph.D., is Director of Research at the UNLV International Gaming Institute, with a joint appointment as the Head of Social and Recreational Gambling at the UCLA Gambling Studies Program. Dr. Abarbanel has expertise in global gambling and social science applications, and her research covers Internet gambling policy and behavior, eSports and gambling, operations and technology use, and responsible gambling and community relations. Dr. Abarbanel serves as co-Executive Editor of the UNLV Gaming Research & Review Journal, which publishes internationally-relevant gambling research articles representing a broad array of academic disciplines. She has been interviewed as a gambling expert for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and the Discovery Channel and served as a consultant for multiple industry and government entities.
She was recently honored by the Global Gaming Expo and The Innovation Group with their 2015 Emerging Leader Award, and was named to the 2016 Global Gaming Business 40 Under 40 list. Dr. Abarbanel completed her B.S. in Statistics at Brown University, where she received the Hartshorn Hypatia Award for excellence in mathematics. She completed her M.S. and Ph.D. at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she received the Best Thesis and Best Dissertation awards for her work on sports book patronage and online gambling user experiences, respectively.