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Dr. Alex Russell

BSc (Psych), GradDipSci (Merit, Psych), PhD
Senior Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Sydney - Level 6, Academic Area
About Me

I am a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at CQUniversity, in the Experimental Gambling Research Laboratory. I have conducted research in a broad range of gambling-related fields, including: social influences of gambling, wagering advertising and inducements, gambling-related stigma, the convergence of gambling and gaming, the use of social media by gambling operators, gambling amongst vulnerable populations and many other topics. A full list of my publications is available at or at . (Please contact me for a copy of any publications where PDFs are not available on these pages.)

I have also worked in a few other research areas, notably taste and smell perception. My PhD examined whether or not we can teach wine novices to identify and describe odours in wine samples. I have also conducted research into odour-colour synaesthesia. I have previously worked in the Centre for Gambling Education and Research at Southern Cross University.

I teach statistics and research methods to students of all levels, and am known for describing complex statistical concepts in plain language. I've won a few awards for my teaching, thanks to fantastic student feedback.

Universities Studied At

I completed my BSc (Psych), GradDipSci (Psych, with Merit) and my PhD in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney. My fourth year thesis and PhD were supervised by Professor Bob Boakes.

Universities Worked At

I have worked at the University of Sydney (in Psychology, Business, Agriculture and various other areas), Macquarie University (synaesthesia study), Southern Cross University and now CQUniversity. I have also guest lectured at various places, including New York University.


NSW Young Tall Poppy Award, 2020

Science and Technology STEM Ambassador, 2020

ABC Radio National Top 5 Scientist, 2019

Dean's Award for Outstanding Research (Early Career), CQUniversity, 2019

Publication awards: School of Psychology at the University of Sydney (2012, 2013, 2014), Southern Cross University (2015, 2016) and CQUniversity (2017, 2018, 2019).

One award for contributions to postgraduate community from the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney, for the work I did in my role as student representative.

Media Citations

I am regularly interviewed on radio and for newspaper or website articles about my various research topics, particularly gambling and wine expertise. I have also appeared on television shows such as ABC's Catalyst.

In 2019, I was selected as one of the ABC Radio National Top 5 Scientists.

Previous teaching

Most of my teaching is in statistics and research methods. I have taught this in various Schools at the University of Sydney, to tertiary students of all levels. In general my teaching has been recognised as being popular amongst the students, due to my ability to explain highly technical issues in plain English. I was appointed as the first Postgraduate Teaching Fellow (aka Senior Tutor) in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney and had roles in coordinating the various statistics courses within the School.

I have also lectured on taste and smell perception, both within the University of Sydney and to various other groups.

Professional Experience

During my undergraduate degree, I worked in sensory market research, designing and analysing research that tested consumer reactions to new food products.


I am responsible for conducting high-level research on gambling issues, including determining research questions, designing the research methodology, conducting statistical analyses, writing papers and attracting research funding.

Professional Interests

Survey design and programming (especially in Qualtrics - see my Qualtrics tips at ), as well as various statistical programs. All very dry, I know! I'm also interested in exploring research methodologies. 

Computer Software

I use a range of software for statistical analyses, including but not limited to: SPSS, R, MPlus, Excel, JASP, Jamovi and various others. They each serve different purposes.

For other research needs, I use a wide range of software to suit the requirements of the situation.

I have also conducted complex surveys using the Qualtrics survey platform.


In 2020-1, I guest edited a special section in the Journal of Behavioral Studies on sports and esports betting.

Research Supervision

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 1702 Cognitive Sciences
  • 1799 Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
  • 1701 Psychology

At the level of Principal Supervisor

Current Capacity
I am currently available to supervise more research candidates
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Research Interests
Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences - Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences - Psychology not elsewhere classified
Gambling and gaming addiction

Psychology And Cognitive Sciences

Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences - Sensory Processes, Perception and Performance
Taste and smell perception

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