Brenna N. Renn

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

Biography

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.

Education

  • 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

Search For Other Experts On

health & medicine, psychology & human behavior

Brenna N. Renn In The News

Yahoo!
Alzheimer's disease—the most common type of dementia—affects roughly one in nine people age 65 and older in the U.S., the Alzheimer's Association reports. And many people experience mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as they age, which can be "a midway point between normal cognitive aging and dementia," Brenna Renn, PhD and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, tells Best Life.
Best Life
Alzheimer's disease—the most common type of dementia—affects roughly one in nine people age 65 and older in the U.S., the Alzheimer's Association reports. And many people experience mild cognitive impairment (MCI) as they age, which can be "a midway point between normal cognitive aging and dementia," Brenna Renn, PhD and assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, tells Best Life.
Forbes
Alma is an online directory platform that streamlines the process of finding licensed mental health providers in your area who are accepting patients and insurance for in-person or virtual therapy.
Insider
The antidote to doom-scrolling yourself into oblivion? Senior living TikTok. Senior living accounts on TikTok allow people who live in assisted living facilities to share their knowledge, experience, and humor with the world. While it's unclear just how many of these accounts exist, the hashtag #seniorliving has been used 103.6 million times, and the hashtag #seniorlivingcommunity has been used 8.9 million times.

Articles Featuring Brenna N. Renn

Dancers with the UNLV Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

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

D73760_054 Kinney Lab-Chambers Grundy.JPG
Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.