Rory A. Pfund, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor

Psychology Building, Room 314
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Rory Pfund


B.S. University of Scranton

M.S. The University of Memphis

Ph.D. The University of Memphis


Dr. Rory Pfund is Clinic and Research Director of the Tennessee Institute for Gambling Education & Research at the University of Memphis. His research program broadly focuses on evaluating and personalizing psychological treatments for gambling disorder and substance use disorder. Dr. Pfund is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in the provision of cognitive-behavioral therapy and contingency management. He has received research support from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the International Center for Responsible Gambling, and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Dr. Pfund currently serves as an Associate Editor for Addiction and a Consulting Editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Current research projects

  • Creation of an open-access, meta-analytic research domain of treatments for gambling disorder (
  • Randomized controlled trail of a modernized personalized feedback intervention to prevent gambling problems among 2- and 4-year college students
  • Development of a web-based portal to facilitate the initiation of gambling disorder treatment (

Recent Publications

(*indicates graduate student co-author)

Pfund, R. A., Ginley, M. K., Kim, H. S., Boness, C. L., *Horn, T. L., & Whelan, J. P. (2023). Cognitive-behavioral treatment for gambling harm: Umbrella review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 105, 102336.

Pfund, R. A., *Forman, D. P., *Whalen, S. K., *Zech, J. M., Ginley, M. K., Peter, S. C., McAfee, N. W., & Whelan, J. P. (2023). Efficacy of cognitive-behavioral techniques for problem gambling and gambling disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Addiction, 188, 1661-1674.

Pfund, R. A., *King, S. A., *Forman, D. P., *Zech, J. M., Ginley, M. K., Peter, S. C., McAfee, N. W., Witkiewitz, K., & Whelan, J. P. (2023). Effects of cognitive-behavioral techniques for gambling on recovery defined by gambling, psychological functioning, and quality of life: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 37, 936-945. 

Pfund, R. A., Richards, D. K., Boness, C. L., Schwebel, F. J., Tonigan, J. S., Maisto, S. A., & Witkiewitz, K. (2023). Relative and interactive associations between psychosocial intervention and Alcoholics Anonymous attendance with alcohol use disorder outcomes. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 84, 281-286. 

Pfund, R. A., Ginley, M. K., Boness, C. L., Rash, C. J., Zajac, K., & Witkiewitz, K. (2022). Contingency management for drug use disorder: Meta-analysis and application of Tolin’s Criteria. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

Pfund, R. A., Ginley, M. K., Zajac, K., & Rash, C. J. (2022). Contingency management for treatment attendance: A meta-analysis. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 133, 108556. 

Witkiewitz, K., Pfund, R. A., & Tucker, J. A. (2022). Mechanisms of behavior change in substance use disorders with and without formal treatment. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 18, 497-525. 

Pfund, R. A., Hallgren, K. A., Maisto, S. A., Pearson, M. R., & Witkiewitz, K. (2021). Dose of psychotherapy and long-term recovery outcomes: An examination of attendance patterns in alcohol use disorder treatment. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89, 1026-1034. 

Pfund, R. A., Peter, S. C., McAfee, N. W., Ginley, M. K., Whelan, J. P., & Meyers, A. W. (2021). Dropout from face-to-face, multi-session psychological treatments for problem and disordered gambling: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 35, 901-913. 

Ginley, M. K., Pfund, R. A., Rash, C. J., & Zajac, K. (2021). Long-term efficacy of contingency management treatment based on objective indicators of abstinence from illicit substance use up to one-year following treatment: A meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89, 58-71.