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Pfeiffer University Receives Grant to Raise Problem Gambling Awareness

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month and Pfeiffer University is building awareness among students, faculty, and clients. These wide-ranging projects are funded by two grants from the North Carolina Problem Gambling Program.

Outreach about problem gambling will include the entire Pfeiffer family across all 3 physical campuses (Misenheimer, Charlotte, and Raleigh/Durham), as well as online students and the local community. Clients at Pfeiffer Institute Reach (the Marriage and Family Therapy clinic at the Raleigh/Durham campus) will complete screenings for problem gambling and the impact on the family. Students and faculty from the Marriage and Family Therapy Program (Raleigh/Durham campus) will receive training on identifying and treating clients facing problem gambling. Students in the online degree completion programs will have the opportunity to view awareness presentations for the chance to win a gift card.


“We believe it is important to promote awareness among our faculty and students about problem gambling, and know how to help when there’s a situation interfering with school, relationships, or life in general,” said grant recipient Dr. Laura Bryan, Site Director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at the Raleigh/Durham campus of Pfeiffer University. On the Charlotte and Misenheimer campuses, Pfeiffer undergraduate Human Relations majors are conducting a problem gambling awareness and outreach campaign to students and faculty. The campaign promotes screening for substance use and related behaviors while it provides information about problem gambling to high risk university students. According to grant recipient Dr. Robert Cox, Assistant Professor of Human Relations and Substance Abuse Coordinator, "Gambling is a common leisure activity that can quickly get out of hand, creating a barrier to graduation; we want to support student success with every available resource."


Problem gambling affects people of all ages, from adolescents as young as 10 to adults in their senior years. The National Council on Problem Gambling report 1% of U.S. adults meet the criteria for pathological gambling, and another 2-3% are considered problem gamblers. Additionally, research has shown that teenagers and college-aged young adults are more impulsive and at a higher risk for developing gambling disorders than adults. Studies indicate that 6% of college students in the U.S. have a serious gambling problem.


The North Carolina Problem Gambling Program was established to provide and support effective problem gambling prevention, education, outreach and treatment programs throughout the state. For more information about the free treatment services visit or call the hotline at (877) 718-5543. If you have any questions regarding the prevention services, reach out to Alison Drain at (919) 800-8482 or [email protected].


Established in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs on its campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Raleigh, and online. Vested in its history as a United Methodist-related university and propelled by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service. Visit Pfeiffer at or Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.