Center for Applied Neuroscience


Project: UndeRstanding GAMbling bEhaviour in Cyprus

Acronym: URGAME – C

The project “Understanding Gambling Behaviour in Cyprus” is a two-year project, funded by the National Betting Authority in Cyprus ( , It is conducted by the research team of the Clinical Psychology and Psychophysiology lab of the “Center for Applied Neuroscience” and the Department of Psychology, University of Cyprus, under the supervision of Professor Georgia Panayiotou.

The project has 2 goals: a) It aims to understand the characteristics of people engaging in various types and degrees of gambling behavior in Cyprus, and b) aims to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of a psycho-educational program aimed to prevent pathological levels of gambling.

The first phase of the project involves survey methodologies implemented through phone and personal contact with large population samples. This phase is expected to yield important public health and policy-making information at the local community level and contribute to the international scientific community.

The second phase of the project involves the development and initial implementation of a preventive, group psychoeducation and skills building program against pathological gambling, based on evidence-based treatments and guidelines.

For more information about the research team, click here.