Igor Yakovenko

Associate Professor

Yakovenko, I

Related Information

Transdiagnostic Addiction Lab

Email: Igor.Yakovenko@dal.ca
Phone: 902-494-1074
Fax: 902-494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University, Life Sciences Centre, 6287 Alumni Crescent, P.O. Box 15000, Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Change determinants across additive behaviours
  • Transdiagnostic addiction and comorbidity
  • Cannabis use and disordered gambling
  • Online substance use interventions


PhD University of Calgary
BSc University of Toronto

Research Interests

My research focuses on the associated features and determinants of substance use, disordered gambling, and co-morbidity of addiction and other psychiatric disorders. My recent work has been invested in developing evidence-based public health interventions for cannabis use disorder including implementation of online platforms to increase access to substance abuse treatment. A major goal of my research is to account for real-world conditions of mental health treatment delivery, such as frequent co-morbidity, in order to generate clinical guidelines and recommendations for integrated care of addiction and mental health.

Selected Publications

Yakovenko, I., Fortgang, R., Prentice. J., Hoff, R. A., & Potenza, M. N. (2018). Correlates of frequent gambling and gambling-related chasing behaviors in individuals with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7(2), 375-383.

Yakovenko, I., & Hodgins, D. C. (2017). A scoping review of co-morbidity in individuals with disordered gambling, International Gambling Studies, 18(1), 143-172.

Yakovenko, I., & Hodgins, D. C. (2016). Latest developments in treatment for disordered gambling: Review and critical evaluation of outcome studies. Current Addiction Reports, 3(3), 299-306.

Yakovenko, I., Hodgins, D. C., el-Guebaly, N., Casey, D. M., Currie, S. R., Smith, G. J., Williams, R. J., & Schopflocher, D. P. (2016). Cognitive distortions predict future gambling involvement. International Gambling Studies, 16(2), 175-192.

Yakovenko, I., Clark, C.M., Hodgins, D.C., & Goghari, V.M. (2016). A qualitative analysis of the effects of a comorbid disordered gambling diagnosis with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 171(1-3), 50-55.

Stea, J. N., Yakovenko, I., & Hodgins, D. C. (2015). Recovery from cannabis use disorders: Abstinence versus moderation and treatment-assisted recovery versus natural recovery. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 29(3), 522-531.