Oct. 22, 2021


RG Academy to Combine Academic Research and Teaching in Response to Global Need for More Responsible Gaming Training Programs

Las VegasOctober 14, 2019—The University of Nevada, Las Vegas’ International Gaming Institute (IGI) unveiled the latest in a series of programs reflecting its status as the “global intellectual capital of gaming:” a responsible gaming (RG) initiative called Responsible Gaming Academy. RG Academy combines the two pillars of academic enterprise—research and teaching—to deliver university-based and certified training programs to government, non-profit, clinical, and industry organizations. Program graduates will be certified by IGI and receive an internationally-recognized certification in this growing field.

IGI’s Distinguished Fellow in Responsible Gaming, Alan Feldman, said, “IGI's responsible gaming programs represent a global ‘best in class’ product, and we take tremendous pride in providing customized responsible gaming programs that reflect both cutting-edge research and real-world practice.” IGI is not only a global leader in research, having worked extensively on RG issues on six continents and more than 30 countries, but also collaborates with hospitality and gaming management professors from the nation’s number one-ranked UNLV William F. Harrah College of Hospitality—who emphasize the incorporation of customer service best practices as they relate to RG. 

Feldman added, “In bringing training excellence to the global gaming industry, IGI bridges the scientific and the practical, the academic and the applied, the human sciences and the business sciences, in a way that no other entity can.”

UNLV International Gaming Institute is the world’s largest academic center dedicated to the scientific study of all aspects of the global gaming industry. IGI Executive Director Bo Bernhard noted, “IGI emphasizes a ‘dream team’ approach, envisioned by our founders Dr. Bill Eadington and Professor Vince Eade, and this new program epitomizes that spirit.”

In addition to Alan Feldman, an internationally recognized industry leader who serves as Chairman of the Board for the National Center for Responsible Gaming, IGI also recently added Jennifer Shatley, longtime Caesars Entertainment executive and founder of their industry-first Responsible Gaming Program, to the team.

On the academic side, IGI Director of Research Dr. Brett Abarbanel and Department of Psychology Assistant Professor Shane Kraus bring award-winning scientific research and clinical backgrounds to the table. Abarbanel, recently of UCLA Geffen School of Medicine, has overseen nearly $2 million in research awards during her tenure. Kraus comes to UNLV from Yale Medical School’s famed problem gambling team, led by pioneer Dr. Marc Potenza.

Hailed as “the global intellectual capital of gaming” by Governor Brian Sandoval and “the Harvard of gaming” by Global Gaming Business magazine, IGI is the parent institute of centers and initiatives such as the International Center for Gaming Regulation (in partnership with the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law), the Center for Gaming Innovation (which earned more US patents than the rest of the university combined last year), the Hospitality and Esports Innovation Lab (a centerpiece of the new UNLV Harry Reid Research and Technology Park), and the “Expanding the Leaderverse” initiative (including its award-winning community project, Young Executive Scholars, and Battle Born Girls Innovate).

To learn more about IGI’s newest initiative, RG Academy, or register your organization for a customized RG program, please visit or contact Alan Feldman at

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About UNLV International Gaming Institute

For more than 25 years, UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI) has provided research-based solutions, cutting-edge insights, and executive education to the global gaming industry. With expertise in areas like gaming and hospitality innovation, regulation and policy, esports, diversity, and responsible gambling, IGI has been called upon to provide its research to more than 50 jurisdictions across the globe. In addition to these offerings, IGI proudly emphasizes diversity, inclusion, and community relations through initiatives like the Young Executive Scholars Hospitality & Tourism Program (YES) Program and Battle Born Girls Innovate (BBGI), which both give high schoolers a behind-the-scenes look at the career and educational opportunities that the hospitality industry provides. For more information, please visit