Dr Marisa Paterson

PhD (Anthropology) – Charles Darwin University, MAAPD - Australian National University, BA (Anthropology and Psychology) - Monash University
Research Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: 02 6125 1964

Areas of expertise

  • Anthropology 1601
  • Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Policy 160501
  • Social Policy 160512
  • Psychology 1701
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117
  • Mental Health 111714

Research interests

- Indigenous gambling issues

- Gambling policy and service delivery

- Australian anthropology

- Qualitative research methods

- Health promotion and public health approaches



Dr Marisa Paterson (formally Fogarty) is the Director of the Centre for Gambling Research (CSRM). She holds a PhD in Anthropology, a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development and Bachelor of Arts (Psychology and Anthropology). Marisa specialises in qualitative research methods, with a particular research focus on gambling policy and regulation, social and Indigenous issues, social service delivery and program development.

Dr Paterson leads a broad range of projects relating to many different aspects of gambling.  For example, prevalence studies, evaluations, in-depth qualitative studies, RCT's.   

However, Marisa is an applied anthropologist with extensive experience conducting participatory research with Indigenous people and communities in Australia around the impacts of gambling. Marisa has focused significant research attention to models of gambling service delivery and program development, particularly in remote Indigenous communities.

Researcher's projects

Gambling in Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory: Development and pilot of a health promotion initiative - 2016


See also recent publication:

Fogarty, M., Coalter, N., Gordon, A. & Breen, H. (2016) Proposing a health promotion framework to address gambling problems in Australian Indigenous communities. Health Promotion International

Targeting interventions for problem gambling in the ACT -2016



Evaluation of Narragunnawali: Reconciliation in schools and early learning

This project is an evaluation of a major program developed by Reconcilation Australia designed to support early learning services, primary and secondary schools in Australia to develop enviroments that foster a higher level of knowledge and pride in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories,cultures and contributions.

The evaluation will involve both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, including surveys, interviews and administrative data analysis.


Understanding Self-Exclusion in the ACT

Venue-based self-exclusion is a process whereby people who wish to limit or stop gambling voluntarily enter an agreement to exclude themselves from gaming venues.

This research explored the self-exclusion process from the experience of key stakeholders including venues, people who have self-excluded or considered self-exclusion and gambling help service proviers in the ACT.  The objective of the research was to gain an in-depth understanding of the strengths and limitations of self-exclusion in order to improve the experience of all stakesholders.

Adopting a health promotion framework to address gambling impacts in Aboriginal communities in Australia.

Gambling impacts on Australian Indigenous families and communties in diverse and complex ways. To date there has been a lack of coordinated research, service delivey or policy focus in this area. This work explores the relevance of applying a health promotion framework to address the impacts of gambling in the Australian Indigenous context.

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