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Elizabeth Bagwell Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson

Assistant Professor

College of Health and Human Sciences

Social Work

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.3889
Office: 337 Health and Human Sciences Building


Liz Anderson, DSW, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor in Social Work at Western Carolina University. She has worked as a clinical social worker in hospice and end-of-life organizations as well as a Social Services Director for Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition, a government contracted healthcare quality improvement organization. Dr. Anderson serves as a consultant for the healthcare community, working with partners such as George Washington University, Quality Insights, Mid-Atlantic Renal Coalition and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to provide patient-centered care to healthcare patients. She speaks regionally and nationally about issues around ethics in mental health care, sexual assault on college campuses and implicit bias.


  • DSW, University of Tennessee Knoxville, Clinical Practice and Leadership
  • MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University, Clinical Social Work
  • BSW, James Madison University

Teaching Interests

Dr. Anderson teaches using her professional clinical experience in the classroom. She enjoys teaching in evidenced based clinical practice, research methods and healthcare. She also serves as a faculty liaison to concentration MSW students in field placements and teaches corresponding seminar classes.

Research Interests

Dr. Anderson is interested in the academic and financial impact of sexual assault on college students, palliative and end of life care with chronic kidney disease patients, building advocacy skills in social work professionals.

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