Dr Aino Suomi is the Director of the Centre for Gambling Research at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.

Aino is a public health researcher and a psychologist with a specific focus on problem gambling, and child and family wellbeing in the context of gambling harm.

Her research has made a significant contribution to policy and service provision around family impacts of problem gambling, PTSD and trauma, problem gambling and family violence, and help-seeking for gambling harm and co-morbid mental health conditions.

Fields of expertise



Advertising and social media driving online gambling among young Australians

Gambling features such as loot boxes in video games and sports betting are the most popular forms of…

21 March 2024


Has the Melbourne Cup run its race?

The Melbourne Cup was once famously known for its ability to ‘stop the nation’, but it’s become a…


Gambling returns to pre-pandemic levels 

Gambling levels in Australia dropped during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, but are now returning to pre-pandemic…

16 June 2023


Young people in the ACT the focus of online gambling study 

The online betting and gambling habits of young people in the ACT will be the focus of a…

21 April 2023


Australian kids exposed to serious levels of parental gambling

Almost 200,000 Australian children are exposed to moderate or serious levels of risky gambling by a parent each…

4 April 2022


Welfare recipients face varying levels of stigma: ANU study

Those with mental disability and the unemployed are perceived more negatively than other groups who are entitled to welfare payments in Australia, according…

16 December 2021

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