Donald E. Nowak, Jr.

Donald E. Nowak, Jr.

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Donald E. Nowak, Jr.
Nowak Jr.
Associate Professor of Mental Health Counseling
, Department of Counseling & Clinical Psychology
Office: 103H
(716) 880-2448

About Donald E. Nowak Jr.

Donald E. Nowak, Jr., Ph.D., joined the Medaille faculty in July 2014. He earned his master's degree in mental health counseling and his Ph.D. in counselor education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Nowak’s dissertation, “A Meta-Analytical Synthesis and Examination of Pathological and Problem Gambling Rates Among College Students and Student-Athletes,” reflects his concern for young people and addiction, specifically gambling. His fields of specialization include Online/Hybrid Course Construction and Instruction, Group Counseling, Grief and Loss Issues/Counseling, Gambling & Addiction Studies, and Counselor Wellness/Self-Care. In his free time, Dr. Nowak plays competitive tennis and has appeared in several United States Tennis Association national championships.

Dr. Nowak serves as Lead Online Instructor for the Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, and is also a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and is Medaille’s faculty adviser for the Chi Sigma Iota National Honor Society, as well as Education Director for the college's Health Resources Services Administration's BHWET grant which awards generous stipends to CMHC students.


Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo, Counselor Education
M.S., SUNY Buffalo, Mental Health Counseling
B.A., Canisius College, English/Communications

Nowak, D. E., & Aloe, A. M. (2014). The prevalence of pathological gambling among college students: A meta-analytic synthesis, 2005-2013. Journal of Gambling Studies, 30(4), 819-843.

Nowak, D. E. (2017). A meta-analytical synthesis and examination of pathological and problem gambling rates and associated moderators among college students, 1987–2016. Journal of Gambling Studies, doi: 10.1007/s10899-017-9726-y

Nowak, D. E. (2017). College student gambling disorder: A review of research (1991-2017). Chronicle Journal of Addiction and Therapy, 1(1), 1-21.

Nowak, D. E. (2018). A meta-analytical synthesis and examination of pathological and problem gambling rates among college athletes. Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education, doi: 10.1080/19357397.2018.1525143

Nowak, D. E. (2019). Addicted to winning: A review of gambling disorder in college athletes. Journal of Substance Abuse and Alcoholism, 6(2), 1076-1081.

Nowak, D. E. (2020). Gambling disorder in the college student-athlete population: An overview. Journal of Gambling Issues, in press.

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