Nicholas Barr

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Expertise: Clinical Social Work, Youth and Veteran Homelessness, Mindfulness


Nicholas Barr is an expert in youth, veteran and military homelessness, clinical social work, and mindfulness. His work focuses on intervention development and leveraging principles of mindfulness to enhance resilience and improve mental and behavioral health outcomes among young adults and current and former military members.

Prior to joining UNLV, Barr worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He also served as a clinical social worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. 

Barr’s research examines the risk and protective factors for populations with an elevated likelihood of traumatic experiences, like homeless youth and military service members. Barr holds certifications in a number of evidence-based practices including prolonged exposure and cognitive behavior therapy.


  • P.h.D., Social Work, University of Southern California
  • M.S.W., University of California, Los Angeles
  • B.A., Religion, Columbia University

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Nicholas Barr In The News

Masters In Social Work Online
This guide is a deep dive into what it takes to become a military social worker. The guide will outline what a military social worker does and how to pursue this career, as well as information that potential military social workers will want to know, such as salary ranges, important certifications, and the overall job outlook for social workers serving the military community.
Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegans dealing with homelessness will soon have access to newly upgraded facilities in downtown Las Vegas.
The Nevada Independent
Homelessness is an entrenched problem for thousands of people in the Las Vegas Valley each year.
Jake Crandall took a deep pull from his vape as a woman emerged from the darkness of Fremont Street and into the parking lot of the Desert Moon Motel. She gripped the final $20 she owed him.

Articles Featuring Nicholas Barr

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Campus News | December 29, 2021

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Campus News | June 8, 2021

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.