Center on Problem Gambling



Christopher Welsh, M.D.

Christopher Welsh, M.D.
Medical Director

Dr. Welsh’s main area of clinical work is in the areas of addiction and dual diagnosis. He works in various in- and out-patient settings, including methadone and buprenorphine maintenance. He also has an interest in the medical complications of addiction and is the medical director of the UMMC Substance Abuse Consultation Service, which is responsible for substance abuse assessment and intervention with patients throughout the University of Maryland Medical Center. He has also worked with the Baltimore City Department of Health on the needle-exchange and opioid overdose prevention projects.

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Rob White

Rob White, LCPC
Director, Behavioral Health

Mr. White manages the Employee Assistance Programs and Behavioral Health contracts for the University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry. He is board certified in addiction counseling and employee assistance and is licensed as a professional counselor.

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Lori Rugle

Lori Rugle, Ph.D.
Program Director

Lori Rugle, Ph.D., has worked in the field of problem gambling treatment and research since 1984. Her career has included the treatment and prevention of problem gambling in both public and private inpatient, residential and outpatient programs. She has directed problem gambling services at the Cleveland Veterans Administration Medical Center, for the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and currently is Program Director for the University of Maryland Problem Gambling Center of Excellence. She has provided consultation and training for problem gambling programs throughout the US and internationally. Her research has included treatment outcome, attention deficits among pathological gamblers, neuroimaging and pharmacotherapy with problem gamblers, coping skills among homeless problem gamblers, trauma among pathological gamblers and youth gambling and other risky behaviors.

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Carl Robertson

Carl E. Robertson, M.R.E., M.Div.
Prevention Program Manager

Carl Robertson completed his graduate studies at St. Alphonsus College in New York. He has spent the last five years working in the problem gambling prevention field with an emphasis on youth problem gambling prevention. He has presented several times at the National Council on Problem Gambling Annual Conference on topics such as Youth Prevention Programs, and Spirituality in Gambling Treatment. Mr. Robertson also conducts responsible gaming training for the gaming industry through the Customer Assistance Program (CAP program). Mr. Robertson conducts trainings for student assistance, prevention specialists and mental health and addiction professionals. He also provides trainings on the family and financial aspects of problem gambling to behavioral health care providers.

Mr. Robertson has worked for over twenty years in senior management, corporate training and human resources both in for-profit and non-profit settings. Mr. Robertson is bilingual (English/Spanish) and has taught conversational Spanish within the Pennsylvania State University system. He has experience in conducting CISD interventions, cultural diversity, and effective communication and leadership programs.

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Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen, MSW, LGSW
Network Development and Helpline Coordinator

Michael Rosen received his B.A. in Economics from Tuffs University, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and is a Licensed Graduate Social Worker. Mr. Rosen is board certified in alcohol and drug counseling. He has experience working with adults of diverse backgrounds and their families. Mr. Rosen is currently on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Council on Problem Gambling as well as past Chief Operating Officer of the Town and Country Trust and Board Member of numerous business, sports, and community associations.

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Donna Gaspar

Donna Gaspar
Program Administrator

Donna Gaspar has extensive experience in executive support, corporate communications, marketing and corporate event planning. As program administrator, Ms. Gaspar assists the Center on Problem Gambling team in facilitating key deliverables designated by the state of Maryland, including managing training and educational events; maintenance of the Center’s library resources; tracking and producing statistical reports; and providing general administration support.

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We recognize with deepest gratitude the contribution of Joanna Franklin, Program Director, July 2, 2012 to October 5, 2013. For more information, see Remembering Joanna Franklin.