Cindy Nover, PhD, LICSW

Associate Professor
Social Work
SEWC 217 (Spokane Campus)
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  • COVID-19 Focus: Social Work & Mental Health
  • Mental Health
  • Medical Social Work
  • LGBTQ+
  • Nonviolence/Conflict Resolution


Cindy Nover started teaching in EWU’s School of Social Work in 2013 after completing a doctorate in social work at the University of Utah. She previously received a master’s degree in social work from California State University, Sacramento, and worked as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW/LICSW) in California and Washington, D.C.

During her clinical social work career, Nover worked in short- and long-term residential mental health care and medical (primary care and hospital) social work. Prior to her career in social work, Nover worked in K-12 education, public radio and welfare-rights advocacy. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps (Philippines) from 2003-2005.

In addition to her work at EWU, Nover works as a licensed independent clinical social worker in Washington and has a private practice providing clinical supervision to LICSW and LMHC candidates working in the fields of mental health, domestic violence, hospice, developmental disabilities, and Native mental health/domestic violence. She has served board of directors for Center for Justice and Odyssey Youth Movement and currently facilitates workshops for the Alternatives to Violence Project, an initiative that promotes conflict resolution and nonviolence in prisons, schools and the community.

Nover teaches introductory courses in social work at the undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g., Introduction to Social Work, Diversity/Social Justice, Engagement/Assessment/Intervention/Evaluation), as well as courses on clinical diagnosis and evidence-based treatment in the advanced master of social work curriculum. Nover’s current research projects and interests include media literacy, disability, and LGBTQ+ youth.

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