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

Brad Donohue In The News

The Ultimate Sports Parent Podcast
October 23, 2019
The pressures of modern youth sports are creating stress related mental health issues in young athletes. But there’s a non-traditional way of addressing this stress. That’s what we learned during our interview with Bradley Donohue, a psychology professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), and director of The Optimum Performance Program in Sports (TOPPS), a mental health program for athletes.
Las Vegas Review Journal
October 3, 2019
An athlete looking to get faster or stronger might spend time in the gym or working on their skills with a coach.
Everyday Health
August 19, 2019
On fields, courts, tracks, and arenas everywhere athletes are pushing the limits of what the human body can do (and what their own bodies can do). The difference between winning and losing may come down to fractions of a second, a single decision to go left rather than right, or the ability to endure just a little bit more.
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.

Articles Featuring Brad Donohue

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus NewsNovember 1, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
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."