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King Awarded Grant

Serena King, professor of psychology, was awarded a grant from Northstar Problem Gambling Alliance and the Minnesota Department of Human Services in collaboration with the Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota to conduct a large scale study and intervention on gambling behaviors, attitudes and substance use in the Lao community. The combined total of funds awarded on the grant is around $200,000.

The project will last two years with year one focusing on a larger-scale study of participants in the Lao community focusing on a variety of gambling and addictive behaviors. In year two, King will develop a culturally sensitive and scientifically based prevention and intervention program in the community. This program will be peer based along with health worker supported. The goal is to test the effectiveness of the intervention in Lao and English languages in the community. The program will be used in the Lao community and eventually generalized to other Southeast Asian refugee and minority communities. The project was featured in the MinnPost.