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Loreen Rugle Ph.D.

Academic Title: Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Additional Title(s): Program Director for the Maryland Center of Excellence on Problem Gambling
Location: Waterloo Crossing, Rm. 200
Phone: 617-214-2121
Fax: 410-799-4396
Cell: 860-752-2147

Personal History:

Loreen Rugle, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland and is currently Program Director of the Maryland Center of Excellence in Problem Gambling. Dr. Rugle brings 30 + years of experience in the treatment, prevention and research of problem gambling to this position.  Dr. Rugle has managed problem gambling programs within the Veterans Administration, in the private sector and within state systems. Her previous position was Director of Problem Gambling Services with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for the State of Connecticut. She has participated in research on brief screening for gambling problems, problem gambling and co-occurring risk behaviors among adolescents, neuropsychological assessment of pathological gamblers, neuroimaging and genetic studies of problem gambling, psychopharmacological treatment of problem gambling, gambling problems and coping among homeless veterans, trauma history and problem gambling.

Clinical Specialty:

  • Disordered Gambling
  • Mindfulness Based Recovery Promotion


Himelhoch, S.S., Miles-McLean, H., Medoff, D.R., Kreyenbuhl, J., Rugle, L., Bailey-Koch, M., Potts, W., Welsh, C., Brownley, J.  (2015).  Evaluation of brief screens for gambling disorder in the substance use setting.  Am J Addict, 24(5), 460-6.

Himelhoch, S.S., Miles-McLean, H., Medoff, D., Kreyenbuhl, J., Rugle, L., Brownley, J., Bailey-Kloch, M., Potts, W., & Welsh, C. (2015). Twelve month prevalence of DSM-5 Gambling Disorder and associated gambling behaviors among those attending methadone maintenance. Journal of Gambling Studies, Mar 15, [Epub ahead of print}.

Hammond,  C.J., Pilver, C., Rugle, L., Steinberg, M.A., Mayes, L.C., Malison, R.T., Krishnan-Sarin, S., Desai, R.A., Potenza, M.N. (2014) An Exploratory Examination of Marijuana Use, Problem-Gambling Severity, and Health Correlates Among Adolescents. J Behav Addiction,3, 90-101.

Kong, G., Tsai, J., Pilver, C.E., Tan, H., Hoff, R.A., Cavallo, D., Krishnan-Sarin, S., Steinberg, M.A., Rugle, L., & Potenza, M.N. (2013). Differences in gambling problem severity and gambling and health/functioning characteristics among Asian-American and Caucasian high-school students.  Psychiatry Res, 210, 1071-8.

Yip, S.W., Desai, R.A., Steinberg, M.A., Rugle, L., Cavallo, D.A., Krishnan-Sarin, S., Potenza, M.N. (2011) Health/functioning characteristics, gambling behaviors and gambling-related motivations in adolescents stratified by gambling problem severity: Findings from a high-school survey.  Am J Addict, 20(6), 495-508.

Fong, T., Kalechstein, A., Bernhard, B., Rosenthal, R., & Rugle, L.  (2008).  A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of olanzapine for the treatment of video poker pathological gamblers.  Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 89(3), 298-303.

Dickeson-Gillespie, L., Rugle, L., Rosenthal, R., and Fong, T. (2008)  Preventing the incidence and harm of gambling problems.  J Prim Prev., 29(1), 37-55.

Kausch, O, Rugle, L., & Rowland, D (2006).  Lifetime histories of trauma among pathological gamblers.  American J on Addictions, 15, 35-43.