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psychology Accomplishments

Jan 30, 2018
Barb Brents (Sociology) and alumna Crystal Jackson, '03 BA Psychology, '07 MA Sociology, '13 PhD Sociology, will participate in a special colloquium this month at UCLA titled "Welcome to the Pornosphere: A Socio-Sexual Analysis of the AVN Adult Extertainment Expo, Las Vegas."

Jan 17, 2018
Andrew Thomas Reyes, Hyunhwa “Henna” Lee (Nursing), Christopher Kearney (Psychology) along with former undergraduate students Katrina Isla (Nursing) and Jonica Estrada (Life Sciences) co-authored “Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress with Resilience as Outcome: An Integrative Review,” which appeared in the January issue of Issues in Mental Health Nursing.  

Nov 2, 2017
Andrew Thomas Reyes and Katrina Isla (both Nursing), Christopher Kearney (Psychology), and Ross Bryant (Military and Veteran Services Center) co-authored “Student Veterans’ Construction and Enactment of Resilience: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study,” which explored how student veterans prepare themselves to handle the challenges of academic life while dealing with physical and psychiatric disabilities. The article appeared in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing on Oct. 19.

Oct 2, 2017
Lauren Galloway (Sociology), Jillian Socea (Life Sciences), Kimberly Stevens (Psychology), and Monia Kazemeini and Sogol Pirbastami (both Mechanical Engineering) have been chosen to receive the fall 2017 Southwest Travel Awards. Recipients of the awards receive a round-trip travel voucher from Southwest Airlines to allow them to travel to a conference or workshop related to their studies. Doctoral student Galloway will present at the Stardom, Fandom, and Celebrity Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Kazemeini, a doctoral student with a concentration in nuclear engineering, will present at the Waste Management Conference presented by WM Symposia in Phoenix. Doctoral student Pirbastami will present at the 2017 COMSOL Numerical Simulation Conference in Boston. Socea, a doctoral student in microbiology, will present at the Wind River Prokaryotic Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Stevens, a doctoral student in clinical psychology, will present at the International Conference for Eating Disorders in Chicago.

Sep 22, 2017
President Len Jessup on Sept. 14 announced UNLV’s inaugural Top Tier Award recipients during his State of the University Address: Alisha Kerlin, interim director of the Barrick Museum of Art; Jefferson Kinney, associate professor of psychology; and Kwang Kim, Southwest Gas professor of energy and matter.   Kerlin leads museum interdisciplinary programs, scholarship, and community outreach. Kinney focuses on collaborative research in behavioral neuroscience with students and the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center. Kwang pioneers research in active materials and energy systems, along with his leadership on various Top Tier subcommittees. Their accomplishments highlight UNLV’s capacity for academic excellence, creative activity and research befitting a Top Tier institution. Their efforts have meaningful community impact, and demonstrate a spirit of collaboration and community partnership. Each of these individuals present an outstanding example of commitment to UNLV’s Top Tier mission and we are proud to have them as members of the UNLV campus community.

Sep 6, 2017
Laurel Raftery, Andrew Andres, Ai-Sun "Kelly" Tseng, and Boo Shan Tseng (all Life Sciences), and Hong Sun (Chemistry & Biochemistry), have been awarded a National Science Foundation Major Research Instrumentation grant to purchase a multiphoton fluorescence imaging system titled "MRI: Acquisition of a High Speed Multiphoton Laser-Scanning Microscope for Research and Training at UNLV." Raftery is the principal investigator, while Andres, Sun, Tseng, and Tseng are co-principal investigators. Collaborators on the award are Nora Caberoy, Sophie Choe, Jeffery Shen, and Jenifer Utz (all Life Sciences), Rochelle Hines (Psychology), and Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering). The $998,614 microscope system will be installed in 2018, and operated on a first-come-first-served,  fee-for-service basis, through the UNLV confocal and biological imaging core. It will be Nevada's first multiphoton system for thick tissue (1mm) time-lapse imaging. This technology enables new discoveries in neurobiology, tissue formation, organ repair and whole-scale regeneration, and ion flux in biological tissues and in eletroactive polymer materials for engineering, and expands to other research areas through graduate student training and through recruitment of new faculty and other scientists to work at UNLV and other Southern Nevada technology centers.  

Aug 28, 2017
Jennifer Rennels and Andrea Kayl (both Psychology), along with Swedish collaborators Joshua Juvrud, Martin Asperholm, Gustaf Gredebäck, and Agneta Herlitz, published an article in Developmental Psychology on how differences in caregiving experience (female caregiver only or distributed caregiving between a female and male) are related to infants' ability to recognize female and male faces. The article is "Caregiving Experience and its Relation to Perceptual Narrowing of Face Gender." Rennels directs the UNLV Baby and Child Rebel Lab.  

Aug 14, 2017
Rochelle Hines and Dustin Hines (both Psychology) were awarded the office of undergraduate research (OUR) Director’s Faculty Research Mentor Award at the recent OUR summer undergraduate research symposium. This award recognizes the outstanding contribution of UNLV faculty members in support of undergraduate research and professional development.

Jul 24, 2017
Donovan Conley (Communication Studies), Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jennifer Rennels (Psychology) have been named Graduate Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. The Graduate Faculty Fellows Program allows UNLV faculty and the Graduate College to work together on projects each academic year. The program brings faculty expertise and insight into the Graduate College as well as builds and sustains close relationships between the college and the departments and programs it serves. Congratulations to this year’s fellows, who will begin their one-year appointment in August.

Jul 21, 2017
James Hyman (Psychology) is the co-author—along with Clay Holroyd of the University of Victoria in Canada and Jeremy Seamans of the University of British Columbia in Canada—of an article, "A Novel Neural Prediction Error Found in Anterior Cingulate Cortex Ensembles" that was published this week in Neuron. When unexpected events occur, a feedback-related negativity (FN) is evoked over the human anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). Using an analogous task, the authors show how ACC neurons may generate the FN as they shift from encoding expected to actual outcomes on incongruent trials.