Halley Pontes

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Halley Pontes

Lecturer, Psychology

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Dr. Halley Pontes is a Chartered member (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society and Member (MAPS) of the Australian Psychological Society . He is a Researcher and Lecturer in Psychology and his main research interest relates to the issue of psychometric assessment of behavioural addictions (e.g., Internet Addiction, Internet Gaming Disorder, and Social Networking Addiction). Dr. Pontes has published over 80 refereed studies, including empirical studies, one book, several book chapters, and numerous conference presentations.


Dr. Halley Pontes has been working in the field of behavioural addictions focusing on emerging technological addictions for nearly 10 years. He has received both his BSc in Psychology (3 years programme) and MSc in Clinical Psychology (2 years programme) from the Instituto Superior de Psicologia Aplicada – Instituto Universitário (ISPA-IU) in Lisbon, Portugal in 2013. After practicing as a clinical psychologist in Portugal for a short period of time, Dr. Pontes initiated his PhD in Addictive Behaviours (3 years programme) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) in the United Kingdom working closely with Distinguished Professor Mark Griffiths on Internet addiction and Gaming Disorder. During his time as a doctoral researcher Dr. Pontes published several refereed studies and received the 2016 Durand Jacobs Award by McGill University (Canada) for his substantial contributions to the psychology of addictive behaviours field. At present, Dr. Pontes works as a researcher and lecturer for the University of Tasmania (Launceston Campus) after a long and successful time working at NTU as a researcher and Lecturer in Psychology since 2013. Dr. Pontes plays an important role in the field of technological addictions and is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Behavioral Addictions. Dr. Pontes is also a visiting lecturer at higher education institutions in Europe, including Birkbeck, University of London.

Career summary


Languages (other than English)

  • Portuguese (native)
  • Spanish (fluent)


Professional practice

  • Australian Psychological Society (APS): Members (MAPS)  
  • British Psychological Society (BPS): Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) 
  • Portuguese Society of Behavioral and Technological Addictions (SPACT): Founding Member (FM)

Administrative expertise

Dr. Pontes has been involved in a number of administrative roles during his career, including but not limited to external events and research seminar organiser, student tutor, research mentor and grant reviewer for different institutions and funding agencies. At the teaching level, Dr. Pontes has been involved in the leadership of teaching units such as Individual Differences (MSc Psychology) Introduction to Psychology (BSc Psychology).


Teaching expertise

Dr. Pontes has extensive experience teaching and supervising university students and has contributed to the development and delivery of several psychology units at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Areas of teaching include quantitative research methods, psychometrics, cyberpsychology, and addictive behaviours.

Research Appointments

Dr. Pontes has been involved in a number of research appointments and roles for different institutions and organisations. More recently he has acted as independent external grant reviewer for several funding agencies, including but not limited to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in the United Kingdom, the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) in Portugal, and the Notre Dame University in Lebanon.

Furthermore, Dr. Pontes is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Behavioral Addictions (impact factor: 3.628) and reviewer for different key scientific journals in the field of Psychology, such as:  Psychological Assessment; Psychology of Popular Media Culture; CyberPsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking; Journal of Behavioral Addictions; Computers in Human Behavior; and Frontiers in Psychology.

Dr. Pontes is regularly invited to chair sessions in important scientific events in the field of addictive behaviours, such as the 2nd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions; the 3rd International Conference on Behavioral Addictions, and the 4th International Conference on Behavioral Addictions.

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  • Psychological implications of healthy and unhealthy technology use
  • Cyberpsychology and deviant online behaviours
  • Addictions within the cyberspace
  • Videogaming
  • Addictive and non-addictive social media use
  • Psychopathology, mental health, and wellbeing within the cyberspace

Research Themes

Dr. Pontes’ research expertise and interests are aligned to the University of Tasmania research theme of Better Health as his research aims to provide robust evidence-based results regarding how psychological wellbeing and mental health processes can be preserved and enhanced in the context of addictive behaviours. Dr. Pontes has published over 80 refereed studies in the field of addictive behaviours across a wide range of national and international scientific journals, and is a well-established and leading scholar in the field of technological addictions.

At the psychological level, Dr. Pontes’ research is mainly focused on the potential detrimental psychological effects addictive technology use may have on users, and also on the clinical assessment of technological addictions such as gaming disorder, Internet addiction, social media addiction, and smartphone addiction. At the psychometric level, Dr. Pontes has a broad interest in innovative psychometric approaches and modelling in relation to robust psychometric assessment and measurement of key psychological constructs that are implicated in psychological wellbeing and mental health processes.

Dr. Pontes has used different types of research methods in his research but has particular strength in conducting large-scale and epidemiological surveys, where he applies cutting-edge quantitative data analytic techniques such as latent variable modelling (e.g., exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, latent profile analysis, measurement invariance, etc.).

In addition to publishing regularly in the field of addictive behaviours, Dr. Pontes has published extensively in other related areas such as: sex addiction, work addiction, game transfer phenomena, exercise addiction and in other less related areas such as political psychology where he investigated how political engagement is assessed in research.


Dr. Pontes has a wide network of research collaborators and partners both inside and outside Australia. Over the years, he has collaborated to research being conducted by the Portuguese General Directorate for Intervention on Addictive Behaviours and Dependencies (SICAD) by providing them with standardised psychometric tools he developed in his research to assess both gaming disorder and generalised Internet addiction amongst the Portuguese population. Other major public institutions in Portugal that have directly benefited from his research output on the assessment of technological addictions include the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon (i.e., Núcleo de Utilização Problemática de Internet) where they actively employ the psychometric tools he developed in Portugal to diagnose and assess the severity of technological addictions amongst their patients. Dr. Pontes also collaborates with mental health and addiction treatment centres focusing on the treatment of developmental disorders technological addictions, these include the Progresso Infantil (PIN) in Portugal and the LOGOUT Center for Digital Addiction Help and Treatment in Slovenia. Dr. Pontes is an external member of the world-leading lab International Gaming Research Unit (IGRU) in the United Kingdom led by Distinguished Professor Mark Griffiths.


  • 2018 Nottingham Trent University Team Awards 2018 (Member of the Research Team of the Year)
  • 2016 Durand Jacobs Award (McGill University, Canada): Best study on the psychology of addictive behaviors

Current projects

Recently, Dr. Pontes and colleagues from the University of Ulm (Germany) and Birkbeck, University of London (United Kingdom) have established one of the largest research projects ever conducted among gamers in partnership with Electronic Sports League (ESL) in order to investigate how responsible gaming practices can be implemented and fostered among large groups of gamers.

Fields of Research

  • Mental Health (111714)
  • Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
  • Marketing Research Methodology (150505)
  • Citizenship (160602)
  • Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis (170110)
  • Organisational Behaviour (150311)

Research Objectives

  • Mental Health (920410)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Marketing (910403)
  • Behaviour and Health (920401)
  • Workplace and Organisational Ethics (950409)
  • Political Systems (940203)


Total publications


Journal Article

(40 outputs)
2019Pontes HM, Schivinski B, Sindermann C, Li M, Becker B, et al., 'Measurement and conceptualization of gaming disorder according to the World Health Organization framework: The development of the Gaming Disorder Test', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction ISSN 1557-1874 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-019-00088-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1


2019Schivinski B, Muntinga DG, Pontes HM, Lukasik L, 'Influencing COBRAs: the effects of brand equity on the consumer's propensity to engage with brandrelated content on social media', Journal of Strategic Marketing ISSN 0965-254X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/0965254X.2019.1572641 [eCite] [Details]


2019da Veiga GF, Sotero L, Pontes HM, Cunha D, Portugal A, et al., 'Emerging adults and Facebook use: The validation of the Bergen Facebook addiction scale (BFAS)', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 17, (2) pp. 279-294. ISSN 1557-1874 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-018-0018-2 [eCite] [Details]


2019Stavropoulos V, Adams BLM, Beard CL, Dumble E, Trawley S, et al., 'Associations between attention deficit hyperactivity and internet gaming disorder symptoms: Is there consistency across types of symptoms, gender and countries?', Addictive Behaviors Reports, 9 pp. 100158. ISSN 2352-8532 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.abrep.2018.100158 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3

Co-authors: Adams BLM


2018Lopez-Fernandez O, Kuss DJ, Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, Dawes C, et al., 'Measurement invariance of the short version of the Problematic Mobile Phone Use Questionnaire (PMPUQ-SV) across eight languages', Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15, (6) pp. E1213. ISSN 1661-7827 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/ijerph15061213 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2018Evren C, Dalbudak E, Topcu M, Kutlu N, Evren B, et al., 'Psychometric validation of the Turkish nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short Form (IGDS9-SF)', Psychiatry Research, 265 pp. 349-354. ISSN 0165-1781 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.05.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6


2018Gomez R, Stavropoulos V, Beard C, Pontes HM, 'Item response theory analysis of the recoded Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short-Form (IGDS9-SF)', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction pp. 1-21. ISSN 1557-1874 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-018-9890-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 7


2018Cook RH, Griffiths MD, Pontes HM, 'Personality factors in exercise addiction: A pilot study exploring the role of narcissism, extraversion, and agreeableness', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction pp. 1-14. ISSN 1557-1874 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-018-9939-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 7


2018Lin C-Y, Ganji M, Pontes HM, Imani V, Brostrom A, et al., 'Psychometric evaluation of the Persian Internet Disorder Scale among adolescents', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7, (3) pp. 665-675. ISSN 2062-5871 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.88 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2018Giagkou S, Hussain Z, Pontes HM, 'Exploring the interplay between passive following on Facebook, fear of missing out, self-esteem, social comparison, age, and life satisfaction in a community-based sample', International Journal of Psychology and Behavior Analysis, 4 pp. 149. ISSN 2455-3867 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.15344/2455-3867/2018/149 [eCite] [Details]


2018Pontes HM, Taylor M, Stavropoulos V, 'Beyond Facebook addiction'': The role of cognitive-related factors and psychiatric distress in social networking site addiction', Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 21, (4) pp. 1-8. ISSN 2152-2715 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2017.0609 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 3


2018Rumpf H-J, Achab S, Billieux J, Bowden-jones H, Carragher N, et al., 'Including gaming disorder in the ICD-11: the need to do so from a clinical and public health perspective', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 7, (3) pp. 556-561. ISSN 2063-5303 (2018) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.7.2018.59 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14


2018Schivinski B, Brzozowska-Wos M, Buchanan EM, Griffiths MD, Pontes HM, 'Psychometric assessment of the internet gaming disorder diagnostic criteria: An item response theory study', Addictive Behaviors Reports, 8 pp. 176-184. ISSN 2352-8532 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.abrep.2018.06.004 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5


2018de Palo V, Monacis L, Sinatra M, Griffiths MD, Pontes H, et al., 'Measurement invariance of the nine-item Internet Gaming Disorder Scale (IGDS9-SF) across Albania, USA, UK, and Italy', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction pp. 1-12. ISSN 1557-1874 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-018-9925-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7


2018Kovacsik R, Griffiths MD, Pontes HM, Soos I, de la Vega R, et al., 'The role of passion in exercise addiction, exercise volume, and exercise intensity in long-term exercisers', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, (January) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1557-1874 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-018-9880-1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4


2017Kiraly O, Sleczka P, Pontes HM, Urban R, Griffiths MD, et al., 'Validation of the ten-Item Internet Gaming Disorder Test (IGDT-10) and evaluation of the nine DSM-5 internet gaming disorder criteria', Addictive Behaviors, 64 pp. 253-260. ISSN 0306-4603 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.11.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 50Web of Science - 47


2017Lopez-Fernandez O, Kuss DJ, Romo L, Morvan Y, Kern L, et al., 'Self-reported dependence on mobile phones in young adults: A European cross-cultural empirical survey', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6, (2) pp. 168-177. ISSN 2063-5303 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 27


2017Pontes AI, Henn M, Griffiths MD, Pontes HM, 'Validation of the Online Political Engagement Scale in a British population survey', Aloma: Revista de Psicologia, Ciencies de l'Educacio i de l'Esport, 35, (1) pp. 13-21. ISSN 1138-3194 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017Pontes HM, 'Investigating the differential effects of social networking site addiction and Internet gaming disorder on psychological health', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6, (4) pp. 601-610. ISSN 2063-5303 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.075 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 12


2017Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'The development and psychometric evaluation of the Internet Disorder Scale (IDS-15)', Addictive Behaviors, 64 pp. 261-268. ISSN 0306-4603 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.09.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 6


2017Pontes HM, Stavropoulos V, Griffiths MD, 'Measurement invariance of the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short-Form (IGDS9-SF) between the United States of America, India and the United Kingdom', Psychiatry Research, 257 pp. 472-478. ISSN 0165-1781 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.08.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 6


2017Stavropoulos V, Beard C, Griffiths MD, Buleigh T, Gomez R, et al., 'Measurement invariance of the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short-Form (IGDS9-SF) between Australia, the USA, and the UK', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 16, (2) pp. 377-392. ISSN 1557-1874 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-017-9786-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 8


2016Fuster H, Carbonell X, Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'Spanish validation of the Internet Gaming Disorder-20 (IGD-20) Test', Computers in Human Behavior, 56 pp. 215-224. ISSN 0747-5632 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2015.11.050 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 26


2016Pontes HM, Andreassen CS, Griffiths MD, 'Portuguese validation of the Bergen Facebook Addiction Scale: An empirical study', International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 14, (6) pp. 1062-1073. ISSN 1557-1874 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11469-016-9694-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 17


2016Pontes HM, Caplan SE, Griffiths MD, 'Psychometric validation of the Generalized Problematic Internet Use Scale 2 in a Portuguese sample', Computers in Human Behavior, 63 pp. 823-833. ISSN 0747-5632 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2016.06.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11


2016Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'The development and psychometric properties of the Internet Disorder Scale-Short Form (IDS9-SF)', Addicta, 3, (3) pp. 303-318. ISSN 2148-7286 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.15805/addicta.2016.3.0102 [eCite] [Details]


2016Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'Portuguese validation of the Internet Gaming Disorder Scale-Short-Form', Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 19, (4) pp. 288-293. ISSN 2152-2715 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2015.0605 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 30Web of Science - 27


2016Pontes HM, Macur M, Griffiths MD, 'Internet Gaming Disorder among Slovenian primary schoolchildren: findings from a nationally representative sample of adolescents', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 5, (2) pp. 304-310. ISSN 2062-5871 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.5.2016.042 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 30


2016Griffiths MD, Kuss DJ, Billieux J, Pontes HD, 'The evolution of Internet addiction: a global perspective', Addictive Behaviors, 53 pp. 193-195. ISSN 0306-4603 (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2015.11.001 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 41Web of Science - 38


2015Dhuffar MK, Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'The role of negative mood states and consequences of hypersexual behaviours in predicting hypersexuality among university students', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 4, (3) pp. 181-188. ISSN 2062-5871 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.4.2015.030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6


2015Griffiths MD, Van Rooij AJ, Kardefelt-Winther D, Starcevic V, Kiraly O, et al., 'Working towards an international consensus on criteria for assessing internet gaming disorder: a critical commentary on Petry et al. (2014)', Addiction, 111, (16) pp. 167-175. ISSN 0965-2140 (2015) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1111/add.13057 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 134Web of Science - 129


2015Karanika-Murray M, Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, Biron C, 'Sickness presenteeism determines job satisfaction via affective-motivational states', Social Science and Medicine, 139 pp. 100-106. ISSN 0277-9536 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2015.06.035 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 12


2015Ortiz de Gortari AB, Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'The Game Transfer Phenomena Scale: An instrument for investigating the nonvolitional effects of video game playing', Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18, (10) pp. 588-594. ISSN 2152-2715 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2015.0221 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5


2015Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'Measuring DSM-5 internet gaming disorder: Development and validation of a short psychometric scale', Computers in Human Behavior, 45 pp. 137-143. ISSN 0747-5632 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.chb.2014.12.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 95Web of Science - 82


2015Pontes HM, Szabo A, Griffiths MD, 'The impact of Internet-based specific activities on the perceptions of Internet addiction, quality of life, and excessive usage: A cross-sectional study', Addictive Behaviors Reports, 1 pp. 19-25. ISSN 2352-8532 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.abrep.2015.03.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38


2014Karanika-Murray M, Duncan N, Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'Organizational identification, work engagement, and job satisfaction', Journal of Managerial Psychology, 30, (8) pp. 1019-1033. ISSN 0268-3946 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1108/JMP-11-2013-0359 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 23


2014Pontes H, Patrao I, 'An exploratory study on the perceived motivations underpinning excessive internet use among adolescents and young adults', Psychology, Community and Health, 3, (2) pp. 90-102. ISSN 2182-438X (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5964/pch.v3i2.93 [eCite] [Details]


2014Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, Patrao IM, 'Internet addiction and loneliness among children and adolescents in the education setting: An empirical pilot study', Aloma, 32, (1) pp. 91-98. ISSN 1138-3194 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2014Pontes HM, Kiraly O, Demetrovics Z, Griffiths MD, 'The conceptualisation and measurement of DSM-5 internet gaming disorder: The development of the IGD- 20 Test', PLoS ONE, 9, (10) pp. e110137. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110137 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 96Web of Science - 92


2014Pontes HM, Patrao IM, Griffiths MD, 'Portuguese validation of the Internet Addiction Test: An empirical study', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 3, (2) pp. 107-114. ISSN 2062-5871 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1556/JBA.3.2014.2.4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 35Web of Science - 31



(1 outputs)
2019Kuss DJ, Pontes HM, 'Internet Addiction', Hogrefe Publishing, Boston, MA, United States, pp. 86. ISBN 9780889375017 (2019) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1027/00501-000 [eCite] [Details]


Chapter in Book

(12 outputs)
2019Hussain Z, Pontes HM, 'Personality, Internet Addiction, and Other Technological Addictions: An Update of the Research Literature', Multifaceted Approach to Digital Addiction and Its Treatment, IGI Global, B Bozoglan (ed), Hersey, PA, USA, pp. 46-72. ISBN 9781522584490 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8449-0.ch003 [eCite] [Details]


2019Macur M, Pontes HM, 'Individual Differences and the Development of Internet Addiction: A Nationally Representative Study', Internet and Technology Addiction: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, IGI Global, pp. 399-413. ISBN 9781522589006 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8900-6.ch023 [eCite] [Details]


2018Hussain Z, Pontes HM, 'Personality, Internet Addiction, and Other Technological Addictions: A Psychological Examination of Personality Traits and Technological Addictions', Psychological, Social, and Cultural Aspects of Internet Addiction, IGI Global, B Bozoglan (ed), pp. 45-71. ISBN 9781522534778 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-3477-8.ch003 [eCite] [Details]


2018Kuss DJ, Pontes HM, Kiraly O, Demetrovics Z, 'A Psychological Overview of Gaming Disorder', The Oxford Handbook of Cyberpsychology, Oxford University Press, A Attrill-Smith, C Fullwood, M Keep, DK Kuss (ed), United Kingdom ISBN 9780198812746 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198812746.013.25 [eCite] [Details]


2018Pontes HM, 'Making the Case for Video Game Addiction: Does It Exist or Not?', Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention, Springer, CJ Fergus (ed), Swit, pp. 41-57. ISBN 978-3-319-95494-3 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-95495-0_4 [eCite] [Details]


2017Griffiths MD, Kuss DJ, Pontes HM, 'Internet Addiction: A Brief Psychological Overview', Are we all addicts now?, Liverpool University Press, V Bartlett, H Bowden-Jones (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 57-65. (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Griffiths MD, Pontes HM, 'Addiction and Entertainment Products', Handbook of Digital Games and Entertainment Technologies, Springer Singapore, R Nakatsu, M Rauterberg, P Ciancarini (ed), Singapore, pp. 1225-1246. ISBN 9789814560498 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-4560-52-8_10-1 [eCite] [Details]


2017Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'New Concepts, Old Known Issues: The DSM-5 and Internet Gaming Disorder and its Assessment', Gaming and Technology Addiction: Breakthroughs in Research and Practice, IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 883-898. ISBN 9781522507789 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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2017Pontes HM, Kuss DJ, Griffiths MD, 'Psychometric Assessment of Internet Gaming Disorder in Neuroimaging Studies: A Systematic Review', Internet Addiction, Studies in Neuroscience, Psychology and Behavioral Economics, Springer International Publishing Switzerland, C Montag, M Reuter (ed), Switzerland, pp. 1810208. ISBN 9783319462752 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-46276-9_11 [eCite] [Details]


2016Griffiths MD, Kuss DJ, Pontes HM, Billieux J, 'Where do Gambling and Internet Addictions' Belong?', The SAGE Handbook of Drug & Alcohol Studies, SAGE Publications Ltd, K Wolff, J White, S Karch (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 446-470. ISBN 9781446298671 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4135/9781473922143.n28 [eCite] [Details]


2015Griffiths MD, Kiraly O, Pontes HM, Demetrovics Z, 'An Overview of Problematic Gaming', Mental Health in the Digital Age: Grave Dangers, Great Promise, Oxford University Press, E Aboujaoude, V Starcevic (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 27-45. ISBN 9780199380183 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1093/med/9780199380183.003.0002 [eCite] [Details]


2015Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'New Concepts, Old Known Issues: The DSM-5 and Internet Gaming Disorder and its Assessment', Psychological and Social Implications Surrounding Internet and Gaming Addiction, IGI Global, J Bishop (ed), pp. 16-30. ISBN 9781466685956 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8595-6.ch002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5



(11 outputs)
2018Kuss DJ, Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'Neurobiological correlates in internet gaming disorder: a systematic literature review', Frontiers in Psychiatry, 9, (art. 166) pp. 1-12. ISSN 1664-0640 (2018) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00166 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4


2017Saunders JB, Hao W, Long J, King DL, Mann K, et al., 'Gaming disorder: its delineation as an important condition for diagnosis, management, and prevention', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6, (3) pp. 271-279. ISSN 2062-5871 (2017) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.039 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 33


2017Kuss DJ, Griffiths MD, Pontes HM, 'Chaos and confusion in DSM-5 diagnosis of Internet Gaming Disorder: issues, concerns, and recommendations for clarity in the field', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6, (2) pp. 103-109. ISSN 2062-5871 (2017) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.5.2016.062 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 61Web of Science - 56


2017Kuss DJ, Griffiths MD, Pontes HM, 'DSM-5 diagnosis of Internet Gaming Disorder: some ways forward in overcoming issues and concerns in the gaming studies field', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6, (2) pp. 133-141. ISSN 2062-5871 (2017) [Review Several Works]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.032 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 14


2017Mannikko N, Ruotsalainen H, Miettunen J, Pontes HM, Kaarianen M, 'Problematic gaming behaviour and health-related outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Journal of Health Psychology pp. 1-15. ISSN 1359-1053 (2017) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1177/1359105317740414 [eCite] [Details]


2017Griffiths MD, Kuss DJ, Lopez-Fernandez O, Pontes HM, 'Problematic gaming exists and is an example of disordered gaming', Journal of Behavioral Addictions, 6, (3) pp. 296-301. ISSN 2062-5871 (2017) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1556/2006.6.2017.037 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 14


2016Griffiths MD, Kuss DJ, Pontes HM, 'A brief overview of internet gaming disorder and its treatment', Australian Clinical Psychologist, 2, (1) pp. 1-12. ISSN 2204-4981 (2016) [Substantial Review]

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2016Griffiths MD, Pontes HM, Kuss DJ, 'Online addictions: conceptualizations, debates, and controversies', Addicta, 3, (2) pp. 1-20. ISSN 2148-7286 (2016) [Review Several Works]

DOI: 10.15805/addicta.2016.3.0101 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 2


2015Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'Internet gaming disorder and its associated cognitions and cognitive-related impairment: a systematic review using PRISMA guidelines', Revista Argentina de Ciencias del Comportamiento, 7, (3) pp. 102-118. ISSN 1852-4206 (2015) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.30882/1852.4206.v7.n3.9236 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 4


2015Pontes HM, Kuss DJ, Griffiths MD, 'Clinical psychology of Internet addiction: a review of its conceptualization, prevalence, neuronal processes, and implications for treatment', Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics, 4 pp. 11-23. ISSN 2230-3561 (2015) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.2147/NAN.S60982 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 49


2014Pontes HM, Griffiths MD, 'Assessment of internet gaming disorder in clinical research: past and present perspectives', Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs, 31, (2-4) pp. 35-48. ISSN 1060-1333 (2014) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.3109/10601333.2014.962748 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32



(1 outputs)
2017Pontes HM, 'The psychometrics of Internet addiction and Internet Gaming Disorder: A step towards measurement unification' (2017) [PhD]

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  • 2016: Nottingham Trent University Kickstarter Grant: £5.000,00
  • 2015: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) PhD Scholarship: €51.840,00
  • 2014: Nottingham Trent University Research Travel Bursary: £350

Dr. Pontes has substantial experience supervising students across all levels of tertiary education using different types of research methodologies (e.g., quantitative and qualitative methods). Over the past few years he has supervised students conducting research projects on the following areas of interest:

  • Gaming Disorder and its implications for wellbeing and mental health
  • Social media addiction: risk factors and health-related outcomes
  • Generalised Internet addiction: associated risk factors, comorbidities and psychological outcomes
  • Exercise addiction and its association to key individual differences and developmental factors

Moreover, Dr. Pontes is particularly keen in supervising students conducting their research projects focusing on the application of robust psychometrics and quantitative approaches, focusing on the following topics:

  • Gambling Disorder: Psychometric Measurement and Assessment
  • Internet trolling: Working towards a theoretical and assessment framework
  • Cyberchondria and its psychological and social intricacies for wellbeing and mental health
  • Gaming Transfer Phenomena and its associated factors
  • In-game factors and user-avatar selection in online games in relation to psychological health
  • Smartphone use and overuse across the lifespan
  • Substance use disorders and key psychological predictors and outcomes
  • Applications of latent variable modelling for understanding behavioural addictions