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Stephanie Bramley

Dr Stephanie Bramley

Research Associate

Stephanie Bramley


Stephanie joined King's as a Research Associate in May 2016 and is currently working on two projects - ‘Adults at risk and gambling’ and ‘Gambling-related harm among recent migrant communities in the UK: responses to a 21st century urban phenomenon’.  Stephanie has also recently joined Calderdale Citizens Advice as a Gambling Support Service Trainer.  In this role she provides training about gambling-related harm to frontline staff across the Yorkshire and Humber network. 

Stephanie has a background in gambling studies and psychology of music. In March 2015 she was awarded her PhD from The University of Sheffield with her thesis ‘Exploring the presence, experience and influence of background music in gambling situations’. As part of her PhD she conducted interviews with casino managers, administered an online questionnaire to gamblers and designed an empirical experiment to test the effects of background music on laboratory virtual roulette gambling behaviour. During her PhD she received a Worldwide Universities Network Research Mobility Programme award and visited the Gambling Treatment Clinic at The University of Sydney where she collaborated with Professor Alex Blaszczynski and Dr Sally Gainsbury (Southern Cross University).

Stephanie has also worked as an Involvement Research Officer for a Leeds based charity. In this role she designed and facilitated involvement opportunities with vulnerable populations, patients, elderly people, carers, the general public and those experiencing health inequalities so as to gather their views concerning health and social care services.

Stephanie’s research interests include the design and promotion of gambling products, responsible gambling, gambling amongst vulnerable populations and the impacts of gambling. Stephanie also conducts research within the field of psychology of music and has also taught music psychology, research methods and study skills at higher education institutions.


Wardle, H., Bramley, S., Norrie, C. & Manthorpe, J. (2019).  What do we know about gambling-related harm affecting migrants and migrant communities? A rapid review.  Addictive Behaviors, 93, 180 – 193. doi:

Bramley, S., Norrie, C & Manthorpe, J. (2019).  Gambling risks: Exploring social work practitioners’ experiences of clients presenting with risks of gambling-related harm, Practice: Social Work in Action.  doi:

Bramley, S., Dibben, N. & Rowe, R. (2018).  An exploratory study of gamblers’ perceptions of music’s effects on gambling behaviour.  Journal of Gambling Issues, 40. Online First:  

Bramley, S., Norrie, C & Manthorpe, J. (2018).  Gambling-related harms and homelessness: findings from a scoping review.  Housing, Care and Support, 21(1): 26-39. doi.

Manthorpe, J., Bramley, S., & Norrie, C. (2017). Gambling and adult safeguarding: connections and evidence. The Journal of Adult Protection, 19(6): 333-344. doi.

Manthorpe, J., Norrie, C, & Bramley, S. (2017). Gambling-related harms and social work practice: findings from a scoping review.  Practice: Social Work in Action, 30(3): 187-202. doi.

Bramley, S., Dibben, N., & Rowe, R (2016).  The utilisation of music by casino managers: An interview study.  Journal of Gambling Studies, 32(4): 1127-1141. doi: .

Bramley, S. Dibben, N.J. & Rowe, R. (2016).  Investigating the influence of music tempo on arousal and behaviour in laboratory virtual roulette.  Psychology of Music, 44(6): 1389–1403. doi:

Ginsborg, J., Lamont, A. and Bramley, S. (2015), 'Proceedings of the Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music',  Ninth Triennial Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, UK.

Bramley, S. & Gainsbury, S.M. (2014).  The role of auditory features within slot-themed social casino games and online slot machine games.  Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(4): 1735-1751. doi: .

Bramley, S., Dibben, N. & Rowe, R. (2014). The influence of background music tempo and genre on virtual roulette. Journal of Gambling Issues. Issue 29, October 2014: 1-12. doi: .

Schiavio, A., Bramley, S., Veltri, T., Cespedes-Guevara, J. and Arthurs, Y. (2014), 'Report of the International Summer School of Musical Understanding. Philosophical, psychological, and neuroscientific approaches (University of Sheffield, July 8–11, 2013)', Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain, 24(1): 109-113. doi:

Bramley, S. (2014), 'Book review: Stephanie Pitts, Chances and choices: Exploring the impact of music education', Psychology of Music, 42(3): 477-479. doi:


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