Lia Nower, J.D., Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University, School of Social Work. A clinician and attorney who specializes in gambling disorder and behavioral addictions, she also serves as 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 Senior Editor for Addiction and Regional Assistant Editor for International Gambling Studies. Dr. Nower is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Council on Problem Gambling (NCPG) in Washington D.C., where she also chairs the research committee and serves on the responsible gaming committee. She received the 2019 Research Award and the 2022 Lifetime Research Award from the NCPG. Dr. Nower was also the 2022 recipient of the Rutgers Board of Trustees Excellence in Research Award. She has 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).
Lifetime Research Award, National Council on Problem Gambling; Rutgers University Board of Trustees Excellence in Research Award