Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas

Senior Research Fellow
BA(Hons) (Swinburne), PhD (Monash)

Dr Anna Thomas managed the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) since its inception in 2013. She provides strategic leadership and oversight of the projects of the Centre. In addition, Anna's role as manager of the AGRC also involves consulting and building relationships with key stakeholders in the gambling sector as well as collaborating with researchers in Australia and internationally. Anna provides expertise in relation to gambling policy as part of an international collaboration working on a Conceptual Framework of Harmful Gambling and is a member of the International Think Tank on Gambling Research, Policy and Practice.

Selected publications

Delfabbro, P., Thomas, A., & Armstrong, A. (2017). Gender differences in the presentation of observable risk indicators of problem gambling.  Journal of Gambling Studies, 1-14. DOI: 10.1007/s10899-017-9691-5.

Rintoul, A., Deblaquiere, J., & Thomas, A. (2017). Responsible gambling codes of conduct: lack of harm minimisation intervention in the context of venue self-regulation. Addiction Research & Theory, 1-11. doi:10.1080/16066359.2017.1314465

Vasiliadis, S. & Thomas, A. (2017). Recovery agency and informal recovery pathways from gambling problems (link is external). International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1-14. dio: 10.1007/s11469-017-9747-x

Yücel, M., Carter, A., Allen, A. R., Balleine, B., Clark, L., Dowling, N. A., . . . Hall, W. (2017). Neuroscience in gambling policy and treatment: an interdisciplinary perspective. The Lancet Psychiatry, 4(6), 501-506. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(16)30369-8

Delfabbro, P., Thomas, A., & Armstrong, A. (2016). Observable indicators and behaviours for the identification of problem gamblers in venue environments. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, online first, DOI: 10.1556/2006.5.2015.065

Merkouris, S.S., Thomas, A.C., Shandley, K., Rodda, S., Oldenhof, E., & Dowling, N.A. (2016).  An update on gender differences in the characteristics associated with problem gambling: A systematic review. Current Addiction Reports, online first, 1-14, doi 10.1007/s40429-016-0106-y.

Dickins, M. & Thomas, A. (2016). Is it gambling or only a game? The use, issues and regulation of simulated gambling. Melbourne: Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Dickins, M. & Thomas, A. (2016). Gambling in culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Australia. Melbourne: Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Vasiliadis, S. & Thomas, A. (2016). Journeys through gambling: Pathways to informal recovery. Report prepared for Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation.

Thomas, A., Christensen, D., Deblaquiere, J., Armstrong, A., Moore, S., Carson, R., Rintoul, A., (2016) Review of electronic gaming machine (EGM) pre-commitment features: Limit setting. Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Thomas, A., Rintoul, A., Deblaquiere, J., Armstrong, A., Moore, S., Carson, R., et al. (2016). Review of electronic gaming machine (EGM) pre-commitment features: Transaction history statements. Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Thomas, A., Carson, R., Christensen, D., Deblaquiere, J., Armstrong, A., Moore, S., Rintoul, A., (2016). Review of electronic gaming machine (EGM) pre-commitment features: Self-exclusion. Australian Gambling Research Centre.

Saugeres, L., Thomas, A.C., & Moore, S. (2014). 'It wasn't a very encouraging environment': Influence of early family experiences on problem and at-risk gamblers in Victoria, Australia. International Gambling Studies, 14(1), 132-145.

Balodis, S.R.S., Thomas, A.C., & Moore, S.M. (2014). Sensitivity to reward and punishment: Horse race and EGM gamblers compared. Personality and Individual Differences, 56(1), 29-33.

Thomas, A.C., Delfabbro, P., & Armstrong, A.R. (2014). Validation study of in-venue problem gambler indicators. Report prepared for Gambling Research Australia.

Thomas, A. C., Pfeifer, J., Moore, S., Meyer, D., Yap, L. & Armstrong, A. (2013). Evaluation of the removal of ATMs from gaming venues in Victoria, Australia. Melbourne: Swinburne University of Technology. Report prepared for Department of Justice, Victorian Government.

Saugeres, L. Thomas, A.C., Moore, S., & Bates, G. (2012). Gamblers tell their stories: An in-depth exploration of lifetime patterns of gambling. Report prepared for Victorian Government, Office of Gaming and Racing, Department of Justice.

Thomas, A.C.,  Moore. S., Kalé, S., Zlatevska, N., Spence, M., Staiger, P.,  Graffam, J., Kyrios, M.(2011). International student gambling: The role of acculturation, gambling cognitions and social circumstances. A mixed-methods investigation of international student gambling (Summary Report and Full Technical Report). Prepared for Gambling Research Australia.

Thomas, A.C., Moore, S., Kyrios, M., Bates, G., Meredyth, D., & Jessop, G. (2010). Problem gambling vulnerability: The interaction between access, individual cognitions and group beliefs/preferences. Melbourne: Swinburne University of Technology. Report prepared for Office of Gaming and Racing, Department of Justice, Victorian Government.