Imelda Reyes

Professor-In-Residence, School of Nursing
Associate Dean of Advanced Education
Expertise: Pediatric and adolescent healthcare, Childhood obesity, Latino health


Imelda Reyes specializes in pediatric care, particularly in Latino communities. Her clinical research focuses on identifying and managing overweight and obesity in children, along with the parental perception of weight and health of children. She has also embarked on research projects that examine teaching, language, and rural health.

Reyes has served on national boards and teaches nursing students about social determinants of health and culturally-sensitive primary care pediatrics. She is dual-certified as a family and pediatric nurse practitioner. Reyes is also a fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and previously served as a Medical Service Corps officer in the U.S. Navy.


  • D.N.P., Vanderbilt University
  • M.S., Nursing, Emory University
  • M.P.H., University of Michigan
  • B.S., Nursing, Western Michigan University

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Imelda Reyes In The News

Las Vegas Sun
UNLV nursing students dressed in bright red scrubs were hard at work Thursday at the university’s Clinical Simulation Center, where aspiring nurses can participate in real-life scenarios by treating mannequin patients.
Rosen Senate
Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) toured the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Nursing with faculty and nursing staff to discuss her work to address the nursing shortage in Nevada.
The Nevada Independent
Deans say turning nurses into educators a ‘hard sell’ because of low wages and high academic requirements.
A Nurse First
Admittedly, Imelda Reyes' path to nursing followed a non-traditional route, joining the Navy and starting in healthcare finance. Now a nurse practitioner and faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, it was also rather unconventional for her to volunteer as a graduation marshal just a few months after starting her new role. Following the "norm" wasn't what was important. Being there for her students—being part of something bigger—that's what Imelda cares about.