Brad Donohue

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


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.


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

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Brad Donohue In The News

Psychology Today
January 22, 2019
In this blog series we will review methods that have been shown to collectively improve mental wellness and other contributing factors to sport performance in studies involving intramural, club and NCAA athletes.
Sports Vice
September 7, 2018
Angela Ziff developed an eating disorder in high school.
Las Vegas Weekly
February 15, 2018
Modern life is crazy stressful. It often feels like you’re trapped inside a 24-hour barrage of bad news, political hijinks and social media-induced envy. There may be no way to fix the world outside your front door, but the world inside can be a haven of your own creation. Here’s how.
Vice Sports
October 24, 2014
A professor in Las Vegas is taking the mental health of athletes away from sports psychologists and developing a whole new approach.

Articles Featuring Brad Donohue

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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."
Campus NewsFebruary 11, 2014
A collection of recent news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Portrait of Brad Donohue
ResearchNovember 1, 2013
They both have built-in support groups, and they’re both subjects of interest to Brad Donohue. The UNLV psychology professor takes the principles of Family Behavior Therapy and applies them in a variety of contexts, including athletic performance.