Meet Our Founders


Richard Rosenthal, MD
Former Board Member and President

The California Council on Problem Gambling (CCPG) was founded in 1986 by Dr. Richard Rosenthal, with the help of many others including:

  • I. Nelson Rose
  • J. Ingersoll Taber
  • Marion Elkerton
  • Durand F. Jacobs
  • Osborne T. Watkins III
  • Alexander B. Rosen
  • Eleanor Burnett
  • Michael Burnett
  • Harriet Rossetto.

Dr. Rosenthal began treating problem gamblers and conducting research on gambling addiction in the mid-1980s. He co-authored the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for pathological gambling and was co-investigator on the first genetic study of the disorder.

In 1990, he created the first inpatient gambling treatment program in the state of California. Between 1995 and 2000, he co-chaired the program committee for the National Conference on Problem Gambling.

He has published approximately 40 articles and book chapters on the phenomenology, course, and treatment of pathological gambling and on other impulsive and self-destructive behaviors.

Dr. Rosenthal is currently co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program and has a private psychiatric practice in Beverly Hills.

In June of 2004, the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) presented the Dr. Robert Custer Lifetime Award at a gala during the 18th National Conference on Problem Gambling in Phoenix. The prestigious accolade was awarded to Dr. Richard Rosenthal.

The award was named after problem gambling pioneer Dr. Robert Custer, and is the highest award presented by the NCPG to individuals whose life’s work has been in support of problem gamblers and their families; Dr. Rosenthal is just the third recipient of this award.

The California Council on Problem Gambling is honored that he serves as a member of our Advisory Board, and appreciates the passion and expertise he brings to CCPG.

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