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Lia Nower

Professor and Director, Center for Gambling Studies & Addiction Counselor Training (ACT) Program

JD, St. Louis PhD, Washington

Dr. Nower's research interests include disordered gambling, substance abuse, and other addictive disorders; forensic issues in mental health; psychometric measurement and research methodology.

(848) 932-5361 x25361

lnower@rutgers.edu

Bio: 

Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies. A clinician and attorney who specializes in gambling disorder and behavioral addictions, she is also Director of the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate Program, a member of the leadership team of the Rutgers Addiction Research Center (RARC) and a research affiliate with the Sydney University Gambling Treatment Unit in the Brain and Mind Centre. Dr. Nower's research focuses on online gambling and video gaming, sports wagering, psychometric measurement, the etiology and treatment of gambling and gaming disorder, and gambling-related policy issues. She currently serves as a Regional Assistant Editor for International Gambling Studies and an Associate Editor for Addiction and Addictive Behaviors journals. Dr. Nower is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington, D.C., where she also chairs the research committee and received the 2019 research award. Dr. Nower has also co-authored several policy initiatives, including a model for self-exclusion programs and an industry framework for informed-choice and responsible gambling. She co-edited the book The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Disordered Gambling (2013).  

Courses Taught: 

  • Measurement (Doctoral)
  • HBSE: Understanding Addictive Behavior (Master's)
  • Clinical Social Work: Addictive Behaviors (Master's)

Selected Recent Publications: 

Lia Nower

Nower, L., Mills, D., & Anthony, W. L. V. (2020). Gambling disorder: The first behavioral addiction. In A. L. Begun & M. M. Murray The Routledge Handbook of Social Work and Addictive Behaviors. New York: Routledge. 

Anthony, W. L. V., Mills, D., & Nower, L. (2020). Internet Gaming Disorder and problematic technology use. In A. L. Begun & M. M. Murray The Routledge Handbook of Social Work and Addictive Behaviors. New York: Routledge. 

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