Brenna N. Renn

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director, UNLV TREATment Lab
Expertise: Depression, Older Adults/Aging, Digital Mental Health (mHealth)


Brenna N. Renn is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the the mental health of older adults, particularly in the context of depression, chronic disease, cognitive impairment, health promotion, and in integrated primary care and other medical settings.

Renn joined the UNLV Department of Psychology as assistant professor in 2020. As a mental health services researcher, she is broadly interested in treatment for depression and anxiety, health psychology/behavioral medicine, mental health workforce development, and implementation strategies to improve adoption of evidence-based treatments and expand access to care. Her research has expanded to include digital platforms ("mHealth"), including apps, wearables, and tele-mental health.

Renn conducts provider trainings and consultation in evidence-based behavioral treatments for late-life depression, mHealth, and integrated primary care behavioral health.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
  • Internship, Geriatric Mental Health and Health Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship (NIMH-funded T32), Geriatric Mental Health Services Research, University of Washington School of Medicine
  • B.A., Psychology and Business Administration, University of Puget Sound

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November 11, 2021
  Sometimes it takes only a few seconds to slow down racing thoughts and find a sense of calm.  
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November 10, 2021
Worry and fear shouldn’t rule your life. Understanding the causes, symptoms and treatment of anxiety disorders can help you take control.
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November 8, 2021
Anxiety isn’t only in your head. Watch out for these lesser-known ways anxiety shows up in your body.
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September 30, 2021
It’s the homestretch of the Feel Happier & Healthier in 7 Days challenge.

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