Brad Donohue

Professor, Department of Psychology
Director, The Optimum Performance Program in Sports (TOPPS)
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

Las Vegas Sun
May 22, 2022
Perry Woodward was gathering his belongings after officiating a recreational basketball game between teenagers on Tuesday night when he peeked onto the adjacent court at Doolittle Community Center to see the status of another game.
Inverse
January 28, 2022
As a 22-year-old, amateur boxer, Bradley Donohue always burned out before the third round. As his muscles tightened, his mind would go into overdrive as he tried to plan his next move and guess his opponent's. Between rounds one day, a watching sports psychologist told him, essentially, he needed to chill: "The ring is your playground. Your playground. It's simple, hit. Hit and don't be hit."
MEL Magazine
October 22, 2021
There are some tools athletes use to harness their anger that might help the rest of us.
Everyday Health
July 29, 2021
Sports psychologists deem Simone Biles's actions to prioritize her emotional well-being a huge win for mental health and a huge step forward for acknowledging what ‘healthy’ competition actually looks like.

Articles Featuring Brad Donohue

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Campus News | February 10, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

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Research | November 3, 2020

UNLV's Sports Research and Innovation Initiative gives a home to the university's sports-related research — and is positioned as a crucial touchstone of a burgeoning sports mecca.