Nicholas Barr

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

Biography

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.

Education

  • 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

May 13, 2021
Opulence and eye-catching neon lights dominate the Las Vegas landscape, but just beneath the glitter lies a much different, dour place. While tourists pack the Strip, people experiencing homelessness crowd the nearby storm tunnels — and COVID-19 has upped the ante.
November 16, 2020
Taisacan Hall should have been excited about moving into her first apartment in the spring.
November 13, 2020
The Southern Nevada Youth Homeless Summit kicks off Friday morning, and this year’s virtual event will address the impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable youth and the role racism plays in perpetuating youth homelessness.
September 2, 2020
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday it would temporarily halt evictions for some Americans struggling to pay their rent due to the pandemic. The order will apply to Americans who qualified under the CARES Act, which covered individuals who earn less than $99,000 a year. The move came one day after Nevada extended by 45-days its own moratorium on evictions.

Articles Featuring Nicholas Barr

Campus News | June 8, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.
Campus News | September 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
Profile image of UNLV social work professor Nick Barr on UNLV's campus
Business and Community | August 24, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic continues, UNLV social work professor Nicholas Barr stresses importance of keeping people housed.
Nicholas Barr poses on UNLV's campus, his work focuses on homeless young adults and military service members.
People | October 14, 2019
Mindful of the needs of homeless youth, the social work professor has created a program to help.