Joël Billieux is associate professor of clinical psychology at the university of Luxembourg and visiting professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium).

He is head of the Addictive and Compulsive Behaviours Lab (ACB-Lab) and member of the Integrative Research Unit on Social and Individual Development (INSIDE, University of Luxembourg). He is also associated researcher at the Addictology Division (Geneva University Hospitals) and Center for Excessive Gambling (Lausanne University Hospitals). He has been also co-director of the Laboratory for Experimental Psychopathology (Université catholique de Louvain; 2012-2017) and the Internet and Gambling Disorders Clinic (Saint-Luc University Hospitals, Brussels; 2015-2017). He earned his PhD in Psychological Sciences and accomplished his postgraduate CBT training at the University of Geneva.

His main areas of research regards the psychological factors (cognitive, affective, motivational, interpersonal) involved in the etiology of addictive behaviors, with a particular focus on self-regulation-related processes. Another focus of his research is the conceptualization and diagnosis of behavioral addictions. More recently, He also conducted research focusing on the effect of emerging technologies on human behavior.

Since 2014, he is an expert in a World Health Organization workgroup related to the public health implications of behavioral addictions associated with the excessive use of ICTs. Since 2017, he is board member of International Society for the Study of Behavioural Addictions (ISSBA).

He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed papers, several book chapters, and three books. He is Regional Assistant Editor for International Gambling Studies, Associate Editor for the Journal of Behavioral Addictions, Section Editor (section Technological Addiction) for Current Addiction Reports, and member of several other editorial advisory boards (e.g., Addictive Behaviors, Addictive Behaviors Reports, Current Psychiatry Reviews, SN Comprehensive Clinical Medicine). He served in 2017 and 2019 as guest editor for special issues in Addictive Behaviors.

He received in 2017 an Award of the Young Researcher in Human and Social Sciences 2016-2017 from the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie.


Research interests
Clinical Psychology
Behavioral Addiction

Latest content Joël Billieux took part in

Behavioural & Cognitive Sciences
Understanding reward-seeking behaviours in an age of excess
Ready-to-consume rewards are omnipresent in today’s environments. A new project being carried out by the Institute of Health and Behaviour focuses on gambling, studying the impact of ready-to-consume rewards on the development of addictive disorders