Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D., is a Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean for Research, and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies. A clinician and attorney, she specializes in gambling disorder and related harm and co-directs the Rutgers Addiction Counselor Training Certificate (ACT) Program, which provides training toward licensure in drug and alcohol counselors.  The ACT program is also the first educational program nationwide to provide IGCCB-certified training for gambling counselors. Dr. Nower also serves as chair of the public policy committee of the Rutgers Addiction Research Center in the Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. 
Dr. Nower's research focuses on online gambling and sports wagering; gambling and video gaming in adolescents and emerging adults; policy initiatives around harm reduction and responsible gambling; measurement, etiology and treatment of gambling and video gaming disorders; forensic issues in gambling and video gaming, and big data analyses. Dr. Nower serves as a senior editor for Addiction. In 2022, she received the Lifetime Research Award from the National Council on Problem Gambling in Washington D.C. for her research contributions over the prior 20 years.  She also received the Rutgers Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research,  which recognizes tenured faculty members who have made distinguished research contributions to their discipline and/or to society at large.

Courses Taught: 

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

Selected Recent Publications: 

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.