Dr Maria Bellringer

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Senior Research Fellow and Associate Director of Gambling and Addictions Research Centre

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 Ext 7232

Email: maria.bellringer@aut.ac.nz

Physical Address:
AUT University (Room AR432)
North Shore Campus
90 Akoranga Drive
Northcote, Auckland
New Zealand

Postal Address:
AUT University
AUT North Shore Campus
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Links to relevant web pages:
http://www.aut.ac.nz/garc
http://www.niphmhr.aut.ac.nz/

Qualifications:

BSc (Hons.), PhD, PGDipHSc

Memberships and Affiliations:

International Editorial Board for International Gambling Studies
International Advisor of the Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health

Biography:

In 2003, Maria took up a position in the Gambling and Addictions Research Centre at AUT University.  

She is responsible for managing centre staff and projects, writing grant applications, leading research projects and supervising students.  Prior to joining AUT, Maria held research roles at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Gambling Studies and at the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand.  She is highly experienced in research project management and conducting research having been in these roles since 1988.

In 2009-2011, Maria took an 18-month break from research to take up the role of Chief Executive Officer of the national Gambling Helpline.  Prior to migrating to New Zealand late in 2001, Maria’s background was as a toxicologist with a BSc and PhD in biochemistry.  She was also a trained person-centred counsellor with a focus on volunteer counselling of young people.

Research Areas:

Gambling
Other addictions (including alcohol, drugs and tobacco)

Research Summary:

The majority of Maria’s research is focused on gambling and problem gambling with an aim to improve understanding, minimise harms and positively impact on policy and public health approaches.  Research projects are wide ranging in their breadth and scope ranging from randomised controlled trials and nationally representative population studies to research with specific population groups and evaluation of services.  

Current Research Projects:

A pragmatic randomised clinical trial to assess the effectiveness of problem gambling interventions in a service setting, with or without added text message support.  The two treatments are: 1) Motivational Interviewing plus workbook plus follow-up motivational telephone support, and 2) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy plus Exposure Therapy. 
The trial is being conducted in collaboration with The Salvation Army Addiction Services - Gambling (Oasis).

An exploratory mixed methods evaluation of the Partners for Change Outcome Management System’s (PCOMS) use and potential within a national gambling treatment service in New Zealand.  PCOMS is a system for collecting and using client feedback on their counselling experiences to improve outcomes by engaging with the client feedback.

New Zealand National Gambling Study - follow-up interviews with a subset of participants to understand why people change gambling behaviours over time.

Pacific Islands Families Study - gambling component in the Year 17 data collection phase of the longitudinal birth cohort study investigating Pacific child health and development and interaction of familial, social and environmental factors. 

Publications:

Publications in past 5 years

Ranta, J., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N. & Abbott, M. (2018). Can a brief telephone intervention for problem gambling help to reduce co-existing depression? A three-year prospective study in New Zealand. Journal of Gambling Studies, Online First. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-018-9783-x

Palmer du Preez, K., Bellringer, M., Pearson, J., Dowling, N., Suomi, A., Koziol-McLain, J., Wilson, D., & Jackson, A. (2018). Family violence in gambling help-seeking populations. International Gambling Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2018.1480648

Rawat, V., Browne, M., Bellringer, M., Greer, N., Kolandai-Matchett, K., Rockloff, M., Langham, E., Hanley, C., Palmer du Preez, K., & Abbott, M. (2018). A tale of two countries: Comparing disability weights for gambling problems in New Zealand and Australia. Quality of Life Research. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11136-018-1882-8

Abbott, M., Hodgins, D.C., Bellringer, M., Vandal, A.C., Palmer du Preez, K., Landon, J., Sullivan, S., Rodda, S., & Feigin, V. (2018). Brief telephone interventions for problem gambling: A randomised controlled trial. Addiction, 113, 883-895. doi:10.1111/add.14149

Suomi, A., Dowling, N.A., Thomas, S., Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Battersby, M., Koziol-McLain, J., Lavis, T., & Jackson, A.C. (2018). Patterns of family and intimate partner violence in problem gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies, doi.org/10.1007/s10899-018-9768-9

Kolandai-Matchett, K., Landon, J., Bellringer, M., & Abbott, M. (2018). A national public health programme on gambling policy development in New Zealand: Insights from a process evaluation. Harm Reduction Journal, 15(11). doi.org/10.1186/s12954-018-0217-y

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Kolandai-Matchett, K. (2017). Design and methods of the New Zealand National Gambling Study, a prospective cohort study of gambling and health: 2012-2019. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction.
https://doi-org.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/10.1007/s11469-017-9843-y

Bellringer, M., Kolandai-Matchett, K., Taylor, S., & Abbott, M. (2017). Pacific Islands Families Study 2014: Mother and youth gambling. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Browne, M., Bellringer, M., Greer, N., Kolandai-Matchett, K., Rawat, V., Langham, E., Rockloff, M., Palmer du Preez, K., & Abbott, M. (2017). Measuring the burden of gambling harm in New Zealand. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
 

Bellringer, M., Pearson, J., Palmer du Preez, K., Wilson, D., Koziol-McLain, J., Garrett, N., & Abbott, M. (2017). Family violence in a sample of treatment-seeking gamblers: The effect of having dependent children. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 7(8), 1- 21. DOI 10.1186/s40405-017-0028-1.
https://ajgiph.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40405-017-0028-1

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Vandal, A.C., Hodgins, D.C., Battersby, M., & Rodda, S.N. (2017). Effectiveness of problem gambling interventions in a service setting: A protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled clinical trial. BMJ Open, 7: e013490. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013490

Landon, J., Palmer du Preez, K., Bellringer, M., Abbott, M., & Roberts, A. (2017). On the feasibility of in-venue observations of electronic gaming machine gamblers and game characteristics.  Journal of Gambling Issues, 36, 1-16.

Kolandai-Matchett, K., Langham, E., Bellringer, M., & Ah-Honi Siitia, P. (2017). How gambling harms experienced by Pacific people in New Zealand amplify when they are culture-related. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 7(5). Open access. DOI 10.1186/s40405-017-0026-3.
https://ajgiph.springeropen.com/articles/10.1186/s40405-017-0026-3

Kolandai-Matchett, K., Bellringer, M., Landon, J., & Abbott, M. (2017). A process evaluation of the ‘Aware’ and ‘Supportive Communities’ gambling harm-minimisation programmes in New Zealand. European Journal of Public Health, Open, 1-7.
doi:10.1093/eurpub/ckx120

Kim, H.S., Hodgins, D.C., Bellringer, M., & Abbott, M. (2016). Gender differences among helpline callers: Prospective study of gambling and psychosocial outcomes. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(2), 605-623.

Bellringer, M., Palmer du Preez, K., Pearson, J., Garrett, N., Koziol-McLain, J., Wilson, D., & Abbott, M. (2016). Problem gambling and family violence in help-seeking populations: Co-occurrence, impact and coping. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Dowling, N., Suomi, A., Jackson, A., Lavis, T., Patford, J., Cockman, S., Thomas, S., Bellringer, M., Koziol-McLain, J., Battersby, M., Harvey, P., & Abbott, M. (2014). Problem gambling and intimate partner violence: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence and Abuse, 17, 43-61. DOI: 10.1177/1524838014561269.

Landon, J., Palmer du Preez, K., Bellringer, M., Page, A., & Abbott, M. (2015). Pop-up messages on electronic gaming machines in New Zealand: Experiences and views of gamblers and venue staff. International Gambling Studies, 16(1), 49-66.


Palmer du Preez, K., Landon, J., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Abbott, M. (2016). The effects of pop-up harm minimisation messages on electronic gaming machine gambling behaviour in New Zealand. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32, 1115-1126. DOI: 10.1007/s10899-016-9603-0

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Mundy-McPherson, S. (2016). New Zealand National Gambling Study: Wave 3 (2014). Report number 5. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Urale, P.W.B., Bellringer, M., Landon, J., & Abbott, M. (2015). God, family and money: Pacific people and gambling in New Zealand. International Gambling Studies, 15(1), 72-87. Doi:10.1080/14459795.2014.998252

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Palmer du Preez, K., Pearson, J., Vandal, A., Garrett, N., & Hodgins, D. (2015). Randomised controlled trial of problem gambling brief telephone interventions: Three years later. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Palmer du Preez, K., Rohan, M., Garrett, N., Landon, J., & Hodgins, D. (2015). An outcome study of a problem gambling brief telephone intervention: Three years later. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Mundy-McPherson, S. (2015). New Zealand National Gambling Study: Wave 2 (2013). Report number 4. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Kolandai-Matchett, K., Landon, J., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., Mundy-McPherson, S., Abbott, M., Haapu, B., & Cumming, S. (2015). Evaluation and clinical audit of problem gambling intervention and public health services. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Kolandai-Matchett, K., Bellringer, M., Landon, J., Mundy-McPherson, S., Abbott, M., & Bailey, M. (2015). Evaluation of problem gambling interventions and public health services: A review of literature. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Kolandai-Matchett, K., Bellringer, M., Landon, J., & Abbott, M. (2015). Evaluation of problem gambling public health services: An analysis of provider progress reports. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., Kolandai-Matchett, K., & Abbott, M. (2015). Offshore gambling by New Zealanders study. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Dowling, N., Suomi, A., Jackson, A., Lavis, T., Patford, J., Cockman, S., Thomas, S., Bellringer, M., Koziol-McLain, J., Battersby, M., Harvey, P., & Abbott, M. (2014). Problem gambling and intimate partner violence: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence and Abuse
DOI: 10.1177/1524838014561269.

Dowling, N.A., Jackson, A.C., Suomi, A., Lavis, T., Thomas, S.A., Patford, J., Harvey, P., Battersby, M., Koziol-McLain, J., Abbott, M., & Bellringer, M.E. (2014). Problem gambling and family violence: Prevalence and patterns in treatment-seekers. Addictive Behaviours, 39, 1713-1717.

Bellringer, M., Taylor, S., Savila, F., & Abbott, M. (2014). Gambling behaviours and associated familial influences among 9-year old Pacific children in New Zealand. International Gambling Studies, 14(3), 457-471.
DOI: 10.1080/14459795.2014.937728

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Mundy-McPherson, S. (2014). New Zealand 2012 National Gambling Study: Overview and gambling participation. Report number 1. Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Mundy-McPherson, S. (2014). New Zealand 2012 National Gambling Study: Gambling harm and problem gambling. Report number 2. Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Palmer du Preez, K., Landon, J., Garrett, N., Bellringer, M., Page, A., Coomarasamy, C., & Abbott, M. (2014). Investigation into the effects of gambling game characteristics, PIDs and pop-up technology on gambling and problem gambling behaviour in New Zealand. Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Suomi, A., Jackson, A.C., Dowling, N.A., Lavis, T., Patford, J., Thomas, S.A., Harvey, P., Abbott, M., Bellringer, M.E., Koziol-McLain, J., & Cockman, S. (2013). Problem gambling and family violence: family member reports of prevalence, family impacts and family coping. Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health, 3:13. Open access available at
http://www.ajgiph.com/content/3/1/13

Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., Vandal, A., Hodgins, D., Palmer Du Preez, K., Landon, J., & Sullivan, S. (2013). Effectiveness of problem gambling brief telephone interventions: An uncontrolled outcome study. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.

Bellringer, M., Fa’amatuainu, B., Taylor, S., Coombes, R., Poon, Z., & Abbott, M. (2013). Exploration of the impact of gambling and problem gambling on Pacific families and communities in New Zealand. Auckland: Auckland University of Technology, Gambling and Addictions Research Centre.


Awards:

2014 AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies award of ‘Excellence in Grantmanship’ in recognition of success in applying for and attracting large external grants.

2013 AUT Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences Research Award winner for established research team: Gambling and Addictions Research Centre

2013 AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies winner for outstanding research team: Gambling and Addictions Research Centre