Texas Tech University

Devin J. Mills, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences

Email: devin.mills@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-8389

Office: 208 CCRC
Devin J. Mills, PhD

Bio

Dr. Mills is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Community, Family, and Addiction Sciences at Texas Tech University. His research explores the development of behavioral addictions, specifically video gaming and gambling disorder, with the intention of identifying factors that facilitate sustained recovery across the lifespan. He is originally from Wisconsin, where he completed his undergraduate and master's degrees at Edgewood College. Dr. Mills completed his Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal in 2017, and subsequently served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Rutgers University within the Center for Gambling Studies until 2019.

Research Focus

Research centers on understanding the development of behavioral addictions, specifically video gaming and gambling disorder, from the perspective of social psychological theory.  The outcomes of this work lend to the identification of factors that facilitate sustained recovery across the lifespan, which inform the development of prevention programs and clinical interventions.

Area of Expertise

Addictive Behaviors; Human Motivation; Social Psychology; Video Gaming Addiction; Gambling Disorder

Selected Publications

Mills, D. J. (2019). Does dispositional mindfulness moderate how individuals engage in their passions? An investigation into video games. Leisure Studies, Online Advance Publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/02614367.2019.1633682

Li, W., Mills, D. J., & Nower, L. (2019). Loot boxes: An emerging risk for gambling and video gaming disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 97, 27–34. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.05.016

Mills, D. J., & Nower, L. (2019). Preliminary findings on cryptocurrency trading among regular gamblers: A new risk for problem gambling?. Addictive Behaviors, 92, 136–140. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.01.005

Mettler, J., Mills, D. J., & Heath, N. L. (2019). Problematic gaming and subjective well-being: How does mindfulness play a role?. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. DOI: 10.1007/s11469-018-9978-5

Mills, D. J., Milyavskaya, M., Mettler, J., & Heath, N. L. (2018) Exploring the pull and push underlying problem video game use: A Self-Determination Theory approach. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, 176–181. DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.07.007

Mills, D. J., Milyavskaya, M., Mettler, J., Heath, N. L., & Derevensky, J. L. (2018). How do passion for video games and needs frustration explain time spent gaming? British Journal of Social Psychology, 57, 461–481. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12239

Mills, D. J., Milyavskaya, M., Derevensky, J., & Heath, N. L. (2018). Gaming motivation and problematic video gaming: The role of needs frustration. European Journal of Social Psychology 48, 551-559. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12239