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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. As a former hospice, palliative care and renal social worker with two decades of experience as a social worker has led her to a research agenda that is focused on how to best meet the emotional and supportive care needs of vulnerable patients and family members. Dr. Anderson is a 2018 Sojourns Scholar Award Recipient and the principal investigator in the research project, “Best Practices to Engage Family Members in Palliative Care for Rural Patients with Kidney Disease” and “Empathetic Goals of Care Conversations for Rural Patients with Kidney Disease via Telehealth.” Dr. Anderson also has conducted research in the area of campus sexual assault. Dr. Anderson is a board member for the Social Work Hospice and Palliative Care Network and on the Executive Committee of the Coalition of Supportive Care of Kidney Patients. She use social work theory and principles to guide questions related to communication skills and the emotional and end-of-life needs of rural patients and family members. Dr. Anderson has a deep respect for the rural voices that often are not heard, especially as they near the end of life.


  • 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.

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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