Eva Nowakowski, PhD, LCSW, MPH

Ms. Eva Nowakowski

Associate professor


PhD, Barry University, 2006
MSW, Barry University, 2001
MPH, Maternal and Child Health, University of South Florida, 2000
BS, Psychology, University of Florida, 1997

Areas of Interest

  • Family Violence
  • Program Evaluation


Eva Nowakowski-Sims, PhD, LCSW, MPH, CFLE is an Associate Professor at the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast site in the School of Social Work at Barry University. Previous to this, she was the Site Coordinator of the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast site for 7 years. Dr. Nowakowski-Sims graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to get a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of South Florida and a Masters degree and Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Work from Barry University. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified family life educator. Dr. Nowakowski-Sims has more than 15 years of clinical experience working with individuals, families, and groups impacted by trauma.

My teaching philosophy fosters learning through identification of students’ learning strengths. As a social work educator, I look for and appreciate the individual value of each student. Each student is unique and brings with him/her a set of skills that are informed by personal values and beliefs. Using a strengths based application in the classroom, I strive to help students engage their hearts, their minds and their souls in social work practice. Academic advising is known to be a strong predictor of student academic success. In the School of Social Work, we are committed to sustained quality of advising. My philosophy of academic advising is that it is a collaborative process that involves mutual discussion and decision-making between faculty and student. I see faculty mentoring as a learning relationship between faculty and student, in which I am able to support the professional development of my student by sharing my life experiences and professional expertise. Mentoring is about collaboration, which is a valuable and necessary skill in the work-force.

In addition to teaching and advising, I spend a significant portion of my time in scholarship. My professional and research interests include youth violence, program evaluation, and using screening and assessment tools in practice. Over the past two years, I have built my research agenda around trauma and the adjunct treatment options that reduce the negative symptoms of trauma. My recent publications include: the relationship between trauma and child-parent-violence, group exercise as adjunct treatment for persons in recovery, and using predictive analytics in child welfare. I consult throughout the professional community in the areas of trauma-informed organizations and program evaluation.

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