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