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Sue DiBella

Executive Director of Communications and Planning
Division of Research and Economic Development
Office: FDH 332
Mail Code: 1087
Phone: 702-895-4923


Sue DiBella promotes the university’s research agenda through management of diverse areas in the Division of Research and Economic Development, including communication, strategic planning, multi-unit projects, and development.

DiBella joined UNLV’s research division in 2005 and founded UNLV Innovation, the university’s first research magazine. Previously, she served in the UNLV News and Public Information Office, where she held various positions, including assistant director and founding editor of UNLV Magazine. Early in her career, she worked as a journalist for the now-defunct Valley Times newspaper and served as a part-time public speaking and news writing instructor at UNLV.

DiBella holds both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in communication studies from UNLV. Her scholarly interests include the effectiveness of research communication and media coverage of science. She is the lead author of a scholarly article on scientists’ reasons for consenting to media interviews and is co-editor of the book, Implementing a Comprehensive Research Compliance Program: A Handbook for Research Officers.