The Tennessee Institute for Gambling Education & Research, or TIGER, was established in 1999 by Drs. James Whelan and Andrew Meyers to provide evidence-informed treatment for gambling problems and advance the science around gambling problems.
TIGER conducts ongoing research into the prevention, assessment, and treatment of gambling problems. Our research questions often come from our work with people who are struggling due to gambling, and we use that research to improve the services that we offer through The Gambling Clinic.
Historically, our research has contributed to a broad range of gambling-related questions. We are recognized leaders in understanding how behavioral addiction is different from substance abuse problems. We also have explored how the use of substances influences gambling decision-making and behavior. Assessment tools developed by TIGER team members have become widely adopted by researchers and clinicians around the world. Our prevention research has informed regulatory policies and industry practices around the world. Most recently, we have been recognized as a leader in the study of the effectiveness of gambling disorder treatment.