betsy bowen

Elizabeth Bowen

Assistant Professor

“Good health is the ultimate bottom line. My research looks at housing as a social determinant of health, with a focus on the intersection of homelessness, addiction and HIV/AIDS. I’m excited about the potential that social work has to advocate for both health and housing as human rights.”

Contact Information

647 Baldy Hall
Amherst, NY 14260
Phone: 716-645-1258
Fax: 716-645-3456

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Contact Information

647 Baldy Hall, Amherst, NY 14260 (view map)
Phone: 716-645-1258; Fax: 716-645-3456


  • PhD, Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago (2014)
  • AM, Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago (2004)
  • BA, Nonfiction Writing, University of Pittsburgh (2002)
  • B. Phil, Psychology, University of Pittsburgh (2002)

Professional/Research Interests

Homelessness, HIV/AIDS and addiction as intersecting epidemics; place-based health disparities; social determinants of health and risk behaviors; housing and community development policy


Elizabeth Bowen’s teaching interests include the nature and treatment of alcohol and other drug problems, social welfare history and policy, and community social work. She is a 2016 Protege in the American Psychological Association's Cyber Mentors Program for HIV/AIDS and health disparities research and is the recipient of the Doctoral Fellows Award from the Society for Social Work and Research (2014); a Fulbright Fellowship to Malaysia from the U.S. Department of State English Teaching Assistantship Program (2009); and a McCormick-Tribune Fellowship in Urban and Community Leadership from the University of Chicago (2002 and 2003). She is a member of the American Public Health Association and the Society for Social Work and Research, and is the UB School of Social Work liaison to the National Homelessness Social Work Initiative.