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People

Who We Are

James P. Whelan, PhD (Memphis State University, 1989) is faculty member in the Department of Psychology, Director of the Psychological Services Center, and Co-director of The Institute for Gambling Education and Research at The University of Memphis. In 1996, Dr. Whelan was named Psychologist of the Year by the Tennessee Psychological Association. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Research Award for Engaged Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences and later received the University of Memphis Award for Distinguished Research in Engaged Scholarship in 2007. Dr. Whelan has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Applied Sports Psychology, Tennessee Psychological Association, and Division 37 of the American Psychological Association. He also served on the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology from 1996 to 2001, including two years as chair of the licensing board. For the last 15 years, Dr. Whelan’s primary research interest is on gambling behavior and pathology. In addition to numerous publications in the area, he was the lead author on the book, Problem and Pathological Gambling (2008).
email: jwhelan@memphis.edu

Andrew W. Meyers, PhD (Pennsylvania State University, 1974) is currently Vice President for Research at The University of Memphis and Executive Director of the University of Memphis Research Foundation. In this dual role, Dr. Meyers leads the University’s efforts to build research capacity and support research endeavors across campus. He is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology where he served as department chairman from 1990 through 2002. Dr. Meyers’ primary research interest is on the assessment, prevention and treatment of problem gambling behavior and he has over 130 publications in the areas of self-regulation, gambling, smoking, eating disorders, exercise and sport.  He is a three-time winner of The University of Memphis’ Superior Performance in Research Award, was the winner of the 1995-96 University of Memphis, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Research Award in the Social Sciences and in 2003 was named the college’s Meritorious Faculty Award winner. Dr. Meyers is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, where he also served a 3-year presidential term from 1998 to 2001.
email: ameyers@memphis.edu

Meredith K. Ginley, MS is currently on predoctoral internship at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson, MS. She received her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University in 2008. Her research interests center on risk factors for risk behaviors, with a specific interest in multidimensional impulsivity as it relates to college student gambling behavior.
email: mkginley@memphis.edu

Matthew T. Suda, MS is a fifth year student in the clinical psychology program at The University of Memphis. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Scranton in 2010. His research interests lie broadly in addictive behaviors.
email: mtsuda@memphis.edu

Rory A. Pfund, BS is a second year student in the clinical psychology program at The University of Memphis. He received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from University of Scranton in 2013. His research interests center on treatment efficacy, the mechanisms of behavior change, and the implementation and dissemination of evidence-based practices.
email: rapfund@memphis.edu

Samuel C. Peter, BA is a first year student in the clinical psychology program at The University of Memphis. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the Saint Louis University in 2015. His research interests lie in the characterization of the wide variety of addictive behaviors.
email: scpeter@memphis.edu

Holly A. Keating, BA received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Memphis in 2012. She is currently a 2nd year student in the Masters of Science in General Psychology and has been working with The Gambling Lab since beginning the program. Her research interests focus on health education and decision making. 
email: hkeating@memphis.edu

Alumni

Walter R. Winfree, PhD (University of Memphis, 2015) is a postdoctoral fellow at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, IL.