Brad Donohue

Director, Family Research & Services
Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Psychology, Family behavior therapy, Sport performance, Mental health

Biography

Bradley Donohue is a psychology professor and director of Family Research and Services in the department of psychology. His work focuses on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of family-supported interventions to assist in goal achievement. Donahue has directed projects funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Donohue is one of the developers of Family Behavior Therapy (FBT), an evidence-based treatment listed in national clearinghouses, such as SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Programs, and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. His research interests include the development and adoption of evidence-based treatments (primarily FBT), psychometric development, and improving the functioning of mental health clinics through effective supervision and quality assurance.

His research expertise is in substance abuse, child maltreatment, family violence, conduct disorders, and the improvement of mental health and sport performance in athletes. Donohue is a recipient of the Western Psychological Association Early Career Research Award, UNLV Barrick Scholar Award for Distinguished Research, the UNLV Alumni Association’s Outstanding Faculty Award and Student-Focused Award, and the 2013 Harry Reid Silver State Research Award.

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Kansas

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Brad Donohue In The News

Authority Magazine
August 9, 2019
I had the pleasure to interview Licensed clinical psychologist Brad Donohue. Brad is a UNLV professor of psychology and director of The Optimum Performance Program in Sports (TOPPS) — a mental health program targeted specifically to college athletes. He also writes a regular column for Psychology Today.
Psychology Today
July 8, 2019
A number of bloggers have asked us to discuss sport performance optimization exercises that are supported in science. In answering this call, we’d like to report the results of a study that compared the effectiveness of 3 exercises that were designed to improve running performance (systematic motivational exchanges, yoga, discussion about competitive running), and show how this information can be used to assist athletes immediately prior to competitive events.
Psychology Today
April 23, 2019
Imagine that you are a coach. You notice that your team tends to take their strength and conditioning workouts less seriously, when compared to their other training. You want to motivate your athletes to work hard and stay engaged during this training. Would it be better to discuss the negative consequences of not getting stronger? Or focus on the potential benefits of increasing their strength?
KTNV-TV: ABC 13
March 18, 2019
Aside from a couple play-in wild card games happening tomorrow and Wednesday, the team's are set for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament. And with 64 teams in the big dance, only one will win, meaning a whopping 63 hopefuls will head home on a loss. So how can players, teams and fans cope with loss when it comes to sports?  

Articles Featuring Brad Donohue

cartoon of men standing in a circle looking down at camera with concerned facial expressions
Arts and CultureMarch 12, 2019
UNLV sports psychologist Brad Donohue on Netflix docuseries "Losers" and a new mental health approach to helping athletes find the silver lining after loss.
man in locker room
ResearchAugust 24, 2018
UNLV professor Brad Donohue uses family behavior therapy to develop program to change sports culture and optimize athletic performance.
ResearchOctober 29, 2014
Psychology professor Brad Donohue strips away the stigma among athletes associated with "mental health."
Brad Donohue meets with students
Campus NewsFebruary 11, 2014
A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.