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

K.N.P.R. News
By the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether governments can ban the homeless from sleeping in public spaces. Homeless populations are growing nationwide, closing in on 1 million people total. On any given day, 6,000 people are homeless in Clark County. And the county says in a year, up to 16,000 people will be unsheltered. What happens, then, if the Supreme Court agrees with the ban, which sprung from an ordinance in Grants Pass, Oregon?
Las Vegas Review Journal
After the Henderson Police Department started enforcing a public camping ban that passed in June, arrests of homeless people were not significantly higher than the last two years, according to city records.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Copeland, like many other unsheltered locals who sleep on Las Vegas streets, alleys or sidewalks face possible arrest under a camping ban the city implemented in 2020.
The Nevada Independent
Nevada’s unhoused population has grown, but experts say statistics don't give an accurate view of the complex nature of homelessness.

Articles Featuring Nicholas Barr

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Campus News | December 29, 2021

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Campus News | November 4, 2021

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Campus News | June 8, 2021

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

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