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Journal ID (publisher-id): jgi
ISSN: 1910-7595
Publisher: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
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Volume: 30 Issue: 30
First Page: 1 Last Page: 5
Publisher Id: jgi.2015.30.1
DOI: 10.4309/jgi.2015.30.1

Comings and Goings at the JGI
Sherry H. Stewart Role: Editor-in-Chief

Since the last issue, several important changes have taken place at the JGI. First, we have had a change in the Managing Editor position. Daryl Boshart, our former acting Editor-in-Chief (2008-2010) and long-time Managing Editor, was presented with and has taken a professional development opportunity to move, for a one-year period, into another position at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Daryl has been a wonderful colleague. We all have benefited immensely from his many years of dedicated service to the JGI and from his unparalleled skills in addiction publishing. We offer him our sincere gratitude and wish him the very best in his new post.

In October 2014, our new Managing Editor, Paraskevi (Vivien) Rekkas, Ph.D., commenced her work with us. Vivien earned her doctorate in Psychology, then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of Medicine at Yale University, where she used functional imaging to study how the brain consolidates information. Vivien subsequently returned to Toronto to join a dynamic mood-imaging laboratory at the CAMH as a NARSAD Young Investigator. In this position, she chiefly conducted work in hormonally-triggered depression in women. She has a strong publication record, including a first-authored paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Psychiatry, as well manuscripts in Biological Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology. Vivien brings to the JGI the ability to navigate the complexities of measuring and interpreting data gathered from a wide range of modalities. She maintains a long-standing interest in how physiologic factors regulate behaviour, as well as in how past events, such as trauma, combine to influence the development of mood disorders and addiction in later life. Her background in neuroscience is a welcome addition to the JGI editorial team. Welcome, Vivien!

Second, I would like to welcome two new members to the JGI Editorial Board. Toula Kourgiantakis is a couple and family therapist who worked from 2010 to 2015 with families in the behavioural addictions program at the CAMH. In July 2015, Toula will be joining the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto as Lecturer and Coordinator of the Simulation Program. She is currently completing her PhD in social work at l’Université Laval in Quebec under the joint supervision of Drs. Marie-Christine Saint-Jacques and Joël Tremblay. Her doctoral research focuses on the effects of family involvement on treatment outcomes for problem gambling individuals. Toula’s expertise in the contribution of family factors to problem gambling, and her experience in couple and family therapy for problem gambling treatment, provide welcome additions to the Editorial Board, particularly given the number of papers the Journal has been publishing of late on these topics (e.g., Borch, 2012; Cunha & Relvas, this issue; Cunha, Sotero, & Relvas, this issue; Calderwood & Rajesparam, 2014a,b; Campbell, Derevensky, Meerkamper, & Cutajar, 2011; Harkness, 2014; Lee, 2014; Orford, 2014). Our other new board member, Sylvia Hagopian, is a member of the Problem Gambling Institute of Ontario (PGIO) leadership team. She currently oversees communications, training, online resources, and the marketing and promotion of CAMH PGIO publications. Sylvia has managed the development and implementation of websites, psychoeducational resources and eHealth solutions for over a decade. Her portfolio includes interactive self-directed eHealth tools, web communities of practice for professionals, diagnostic and treatment planning tools, and the launch of CAMH’s first mobile application to monitor gambling and urges. She holds a BA in Psychology, a diploma in Advertising, and is currently earning a master’s degree in Education. Sylvia and Toula are filling vacancies on the JGI Editorial Board caused by the departure of two other Board members. To those two members—Richard Wood and Sheila LaCroix—we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for their service.

Third, we have embarked on an additional collaboration with the PGIO, specifically with the JGI Talks: Webinar Series. This series is an online knowledge exchange platform. It provides researchers the opportunity to expand on the topics of their Journal papers to share, with clinical audiences and other stakeholders, both their research highlights and their areas of interest in problem gambling. The JGI Talks series is an endeavour organized by Daryl and Sylvia, and implemented by her and Vivien. Our first such webinar took place on February 10, 2015, and was on the topic of applying the co-dependency concept to problems gamblers’ concerned significant others. The webinar centred around a recent JGI author, Dr. Kim Calderwood, and served to expand on her previously-published papers on this topic (i.e., Calderwood & Rajasparam, 2014a,b). Seventy-two persons attended this first journal-sponsored webinar, many of whom were clinicians. A survey showed that 93% of the respondents recorded, when asked whether they gained new knowledge from the webinar, chose the option “agreed to strongly agreed.” What is more, over 95% of respondents endorsed a high degree of satisfaction with the platform, indicating that they judged the platform an effective means to convey information. A similarly high percentage considered the presenter informative. We look forward to hosting many more stimulating webinars by our JGI authors on topics relevant to problem gambling.

Finally, I am pleased to alert the readership to an annual award competition that we will soon be launching. The new award is designed to support talented young researchers in the problem gambling field. Graduate students and post-doctoral fellows conducting research within the scope of the JGI will be invited to submit their best work for publication in the Journal. Submitted articles will undergo our standard peer-review process. From all articles accepted for publication, a designated awards committee will select the best article in each of two streams: one in the clinical, social, and/or policy research area, and the other in the cognitive, biobehavioral, and/or neuroimaging research area. In addition to having their work featured in the Journal, the two annual award recipients will also each receive a cash prize. Please watch for the official announcement and encourage your trainees to submit their best work in response to the call!



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