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Bill Johnson 
Illinois Council on Problem Gambling 

11th Annual Illinois Conference on Problem Gambling

Pre-recorded Webinar

Cost for CE is $25

5 CEs Available for IAODAPCA

We invite you to catch the replay of our 11th Annual Illinois Conference on Problem Gambling. You won't want to miss our amazing speakers who presented on a variety of topics from the rise in internet gambling to the programs and services offered to help both providers and problem gamblers.


-Welcome Introduction

-Welcome / Overview of SUPR services/programs from Jim Wilkerson, Administrator of Gambling Programs, Substance Use Prevention & Recovery, Illinois Department of Human Services       

-Q/A with Jim Wilkerson

-Presentation by Dr. Napier - “Translating neuroscience for prevention and treatment of problem gambling in vulnerable populations”

-Presentation by Colleen Koncilja - “Gambling Addiction / Trauma”


-Presentation by Dr. Grant - “Internet Gambling and Gaming: What is the Relationship?”

-Panel with presenters - (Napier, Grant, Koncilja, Wilkerson)

-Closing Comments, ICPG

Presenter Bios:

T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D.

Dr. Napier’s academic background includes a PhD in Pharmacology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, TX, and post-doctoral training in Neurobiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC.  She has conducted research sabbaticals at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT and the University of Washington Health Sciences Center, Seattle, WA. 

Dr. Napier has received continuous federal and foundation research grant support since 1990.  Her scientific interests include the neurobiology of motivational behaviors, including those that regulate healthy decision-making versus those associated with drug and behavioral addictions.  She has authored 140+ publications in peer reviewed scientific journals, and 180+ published abstracts on neuroscience topics that span biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and behavior, as well as addiction education for health professionals. 

Dr. Napier’s extensive academic service includes President of the Chicago Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, membership in scientific review committees for the National Institutes of Health, an organizer of international conferences, and editor or reviewer for over 30 scientific journals and books.  She serves/has served as a Scientific Advisor or Board member for several not-for-profit institutions and universities including Epworth Village Fdn. (York, NB; a home for disadvantaged children), the International Center for Responsible Gaming (Beverly, MA), and the Institute for Neurobiology at the University of Puerto Rico (San Juan, PR).  Dr. Napier has provided expert testimony to the US Congress Committee on Science, Space and Technology-Subcommittee on Research and Technology, and to the Illinois House of Representatives, Heroin and Youth Task Force Hearing.  She has delivered over 170 invited scientific presentations world-wide, and is frequently sought after by the news media on matters related to neuropharmacology, drug addiction and the adolescent brain. 

For her outstanding contributions to neuroscience education, research and community service in Chicago, Dr. Napier received the 2015 Career Achievement Award from the Chicago Chapter of the international Society for Neuroscience.  She also was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from her alma mater, the Graduate School of Biomedical Science at Texas Tech University Health Science Center, and provided the Commencement address for the Graduate School’s 2019 graduation ceremony.

Colleen Koncilja LCSW, CADC, ICGC-II, BACC

Colleen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Internationally Certified Gambling Counselor, Board Approved Clinical Consultant, therapist, owner, and the Director of Health and Healing Therapy in Bartlett, Illinois. She has been providing counseling and therapy services to adults, couples, and families during the past 30 years. She has served as a clinical consultant for the Illinois Department Of Human Services, Division of Substance Use and Prevention Services gambling treatment programs as well as for 22 years she directed an Illinois outpatient counseling program that provided intervention and treatment services to people who struggled with problematic substance use, gambling disorders, and dual disorders.

Jon E. Grant

Jon E. Grant is a Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago where he directs a clinic and research lab on addictive, compulsive and impulsive disorders.  Dr. Grant’s research has been funded by the NIMH, NIDA, and private foundations.  Dr. Grant is the author of over 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles, 15 books, and is the editor in chief of the Journal of Gambling Studies.


T. Celeste Napier, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director, Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction

Rush University Medical Center

Chicago, Illinois, USA