Professor, UBC Psychology
Director, Centre for Gambling Research at UBC

Dr Luke Clark is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at UBC, where he is the inaugural Director of the Centre for Gambling Research. He joined UBC in 2014 from the UK, where he was formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge. His undergraduate degree was in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, where he stayed for his PhD research. Since 2005, his research has focussed on the psychology of gambling and gambling addiction. His research is driven by two primary perspectives: first, the cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience of risky decision-making, and second, the field of addiction science in which disordered gambling is recognized as the first ‘behavioural addiction’. Ongoing work at the Centre for Gambling Research includes programs on the psychological processes that underlie modern slot machine gambling and online gambling, as well as projects on the neuroscience of gambling addiction, and the convergence of gambling and video gaming. His research employs a range of different techniques including behavioural analysis, psychophysiology, and neuroimaging.

The Centre for Gambling Research was established with funding from the Province of BC Government and the British Columbia Lottery Corporation, and the initial funding was renewed in 2018 for a second term. In addition to his directorship at CGR, Luke holds a Discovery Award from NSERC, project funding from the BC Ministry of Finance, and he is an active collaborator in further grants with the UBC Department of Psychiatry and the Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, to which he is an affiliated member.

Luke teaches introductory psychology (Psyc 101) at UBC, as well as a popular third year psychology course on Gambling and Decision-Making. He has published 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and in 2015 he received the Scientific Achievement Award from the National Center for Responsible Gaming. He is a Senior Editor at the journal Addiction and a Regional Assistant Editor at International Gambling Studies. Outside of work, Luke is a father to 2 kids and he enjoys hiking, camping, squash, and classic crime novels.


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