Michael F. Nias, J.D., MSW, LCSW

Assistant Professor


<p>Michael F.&nbsp;Nias, JD, MSW, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor in the Addiction Division of the UF College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry, and a senior fellow&nbsp;of the University of Florida Drug Policy Institute. He is the director of clinical operations and program director for child and adolescent addiction at UF Health Florida Recovery Center. He is also a faculty affiliate of the UF Levin College of Law’s Center on Children and Families. He is&nbsp;a licensed&nbsp;psychotherapist, specializing in individual, group and family psychotherapy, with more than 20 years of experience in addiction.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nias is co-author of <a href=""><i>Weed: Family Guide to Marijuana Myths and Facts</i></a> (2013, UF Department of Psychiatry). For more than 20 years he has worked with law enforcement agencies&nbsp;(Superior Court&nbsp;of the District of Columbia, Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency, United States Customs Service) and mental health and substance abuse agencies for children and families (Child and Family Services Agency, Washington, DC; Hillcrest Children's Center, Washington, DC; Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore, MD). He has provided opinion and expert testimony to the US government,&nbsp;state legislatures, universities&nbsp;and public and private&nbsp;agencies in the area of mental health and substance abuse for&nbsp;adults, children and families.&nbsp;</p> <p>Nias&nbsp;earned his law degree at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law and his Master of Social Work degree from the Smith College School for Social Work. He completed a postgraduate fellowship in Developmental Psychology at Georgetown University.&nbsp;He began his undergraduate studies at Cornell University then transferred to Fordham University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Cornell, he captained the varsity fencing team. He lives in Gainesville, Florida.</p>


The American Disease: Drugs and Drug Control in the USA