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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.

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Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D. is a Professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies. She is also Director of the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate Program and a research affiliate with the Center of Alcohol Studies. Dr. Nower's research focuses on psychometric measurement, the etiology and treatment of behavioral addictions, specifically disordered gambling, and gambling-related policy issues. Dr. Nower has served as an NIH pre-doctoral fellow, a Fulbright fellow, and a research intern at the National Research Council at the National Academies. She currently serves as a co-editor, advisory board member or board member of several journals and a consultant and grant reviewer for international, national and state agencies. Dr. Nower is also a member of the legislative board of and a clinical supervisor for the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington D.C. A former criminal prosecutor, she is a member of the Thomson-Reuters Expert Witness Services (TREWS) network and serves as a forensic consultant in state and federal court cases involving gambling-related crimes.

Current research includes developing a sub-group specific screening instrument for problem gamblers, exploring risk and resiliency factors among youth gamblers, behavioral decision making under win/loss conditions, defining recovery, and internet gambling policy. Dr. Nower has also co-authored several policy initiatives, including a model for self-exclusion programs and an industry framework promoting informed-choice in gambling venues. 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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