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Dr. Heather Gough, JD, MSW

Assistant Professor


Prior to joining the faculty, Dr. Gough served as both an attorney and social worker. Practice areas included federal Indian law and tribal sovereignty issues across spectrums of care; foster care/child welfare; counseling; adult mental health law; guardianship; corrections; juvenile probation; in-home behavioral health; urban debate as well as international experience with Romani and North African immigrant populations.  A passionate teacher, Dr. Gough’s classes are informed by her research areas which include: decolonization of professional curricula and pedagogy in both law and social work; Federal Indian law, sovereignty and behavioral health with Indigenous/Native communities; social welfare policy; and advocacy strategies. She also has served as an Assistant Professor at Humboldt State University, and the University of Nevada, Reno. Education: J.D. (U.C. Berkeley); Ph.D. (Justice Studies, Arizona State University); MSW (Univ. of Denver).