An advocate for compulsive gambling treatment, Dr. Rena Nora (1940-2008) worked for thirty years in the field of psychiatry. She held professional positions in New Jersey and Nevada, including President of both the New Jersey Psychiatric Association and the Nevada Association of Psychiatric Physicians.
Born in the Philippines in 1940, Dr. Nora graduated from La Consolacion College High School in 1956. She then went on to the University of Santo Tomas medical school and completed her residency at the Bergen Pines County Hospital in New Jersey and the Psychiatric Institute of Columbia University in New York. In May of 1994, Dr. Nora resigned her position as Chief of Psychiatric Services at Lyon, New Jersey to become the Chief of Psychiatric Services at the Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic and the Federal Medical Center at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Primarily focused on assisting patients and their families cope with compulsive gambling, Dr. Nora received awards and commendations for her work and service. In 2008, Dr. Nora passed away at the age of 68.