Mark Griffiths

Mark Griffiths


School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Professor Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He mostly teaches on areas related to his research interests on various undergraduate and postgraduate Psychology programmes. His main teaching interests are in the areas of abnormal, social and health psychology with particular emphasis on behavioural addictions (e.g. gambling addiction, videogame addiction, Internet addiction, exercise addiction), cyberpsychology and the psychology of sexual behaviour. Professor Griffiths has held many major administrative roles since joining the University including Head of Psychology Division, Psychology Research Co-ordinator, Social Policy Research Co-ordinator, and Psychology Postgraduate Co-ordinator. In addition to his teaching and research.

Professor Griffiths is also a gaming consultant and works with the gaming industry to promote responsible gambling, social responsibility, harm minimization, and player protection. He is also a freelance journalist and writes for many national and international newspapers and magazines.

Professor Griffiths has supervised over 20 PhD students mostly in the area of behavioural addiction, gambling, gaming and Internet use. This has included doctoral theses in specific area such as:

  • cross cultural studies of slot machine gambling
  • cyber-ethnographic studies of Internet gambling
  • situational and structural characteristics in remote gambling
  • addiction and identity
  • excessive online videogame playing and videogame addiction
  • Internet addiction; adolescent addictive behaviour
  • adolescent gambling on the lottery
  • adolescent gambling and treatment.

Professor Griffiths uses mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) and has particular expertise in self-report methods (questionnaires, interviews) and online data collection.

Research areas

Professor Griffiths is highly research active and has published over 400 refereed papers, three books, 70+ book chapters, and over 1000 other articles mostly in the area of behavioural addictions (gambling addiction, videogame addiction, internet addiction, exercise addiction, sex addiction). His current research projects include (but not limited to) (i) questionnaire and interview studies into online gaming addictions, (ii) behavioural tracking projects examining online gambling and the utility of social responsibility tools, (iii) national prevalence surveys on various addictive behaviours including gambling, exercise and video game playing, and (iv) online studies of various aspects of video game playing behaviour (e.g., game transfer phenomena, online trolling, etc.).

Current and previous projects supervised include:
Halley Miguel Pontes (Director of Studies) PhD student

Manpreet Dhuffar (Director of Studies) PhD student

External activity

Professor Griffiths has acted as a consultant for many Government bodies including the Gambling Board for Great Britain, Gambling Commission, UK Home Office, Department of Culture, Media and Sport, Department of Health, Victorian Casino and Gaming Authority (Australia) and various international Governments (including the US, Australia, Sweden, Norway and Finland). Professor Griffiths has carried out consultancy for over 20 different gaming companies worldwide in the area of social responsibility in gambling including companies in the UK (Camelot; Inter Lotto; Gala Coral, Metrobet; Better), Ireland (Irish National Lottery; Paddy Power), Sweden (Svenska Spel, Casino Cosmopol), Norway (Norsk Tipping, Fair Chance Lottery), Finland (Veikkaus; RAY), Austria (Austrian Lottery, Casino Austria), Denmark (Danske Spil), Singapore (Singapore Pools), Canada (Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation; Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Interprovincial Lottery Corporation), Switzerland (Imaginventure), and Israel ( as well as other internet gaming companies such as Ultimate Poker.

Professor Griffiths has been the invited keynote speaker at over 200 national conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, China, Australia, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Ireland, Finland, Poland, Slovenia, Italy, Holland, Malta, Israel, and Belgium.

Professor Griffiths has given keynote addresses to the US National Academy of Sciences (Washington DC), and the US National Center for Addiction (New York). Professor Griffiths also sits on and chairs many national and international committees and is the current chair of the European Association for the Study of Gambling.

Professor Griffiths is one the UK’s most high profile media commentators and has been awarded a number of prizes for his scientific dissemination. He has appeared on over 2500 radio and television programmes, and has written over 300 articles for national newspapers and magazines including the Daily Mirror, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Independent, The Sun, Western Mail, Times Higher Education, Sunday Post, Arcade, MCV Magazine, Inside Edge, iGaming Business, Derby Evening Telegraph, Edinburgh Evening News, Nottingham Evening Post, Nottingham Post, Record Collector, Bizarre, Top of the Pops Magazine, Casino and Gaming International, Coinslot International, and eGaming Review.

Sponsors and collaborators


  • Dr Richard Wood (GamRes Ltd, Canada)
  • Dr Zsolt Demetrovics (Eotvos University, Budapest, Hungary)
  • Dr Dan King and Dr Paul Delfabbro (University of Adelaide, Australia)
  • Dr Jonathan Parke (Responsible Gambling Trust, UK)
  • Dr Adrian Parke (Lincoln University, UK)
  • Dr Zaheer Hussain (Derby University, UK)
  • Dr Jeff Derevensky (McGill University, Canada)
  • Dr Xavier Carbonell and Dr Ursula Oberst (Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Dr Steve Sussman (University of Southern California, USA)
  • Professor Jim Orford (University of Birmingham, UK)
  • Heather Wardle (National Centre for Social Research)


  • Responsible Gambling Fund
  • Gambling Commission (UK)
  • Camelot Plc (UK)
  • Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation (Canada)
  • Atlantic Lottery Corporation (Canada)

Press expertise

  • Gambling (any area including psychology, social policy, cultural impact)
  • Online gambling
  • Behavioural addictions (particular expertise in gambling addiction, videogame addiction, internet addiction, exercise addiction, sex addiction and workaholism)
  • Psychology of fame and celebrity
  • Videogaming (any area including psychology, social policy and cultural impact)
  • Online gaming
  • Cyberpsychology (psychology of online behaviour including all social media)
  • Online excess
  • Online sexuality