Nicole Short

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Post-traumatic stress, Substance use, Anxiety disorders, Insomnia, Sexual assault


Nicole Short is a clinical psychologist whose research focuses on the causes, prevention, and treatment of trauma and anxiety-related disorders.

She is particularly interested in the development and testing of cognitive behavioral digital health interventions delivered in the early aftermath of trauma (such as sexual assault) to mitigate the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms and substance use. Her work focuses on certain risk factors, such as anxiety sensitivity and sleep disturbance, and includes a variety of research methods and designs. 

Short joined the faculty at UNLV in 2022 after three years on faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She serves on the associate editorial board of Behaviour Research and Therapy.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University
  • Doctoral Internship, Medical University of South Carolina
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Florida State University
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley

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Nicole Short In The News

Well + Good
It’s a tale as old as time: You get into bed after a long day, turn the lights off, curl up under the covers, and close your eyes, hoping for a much-needed good night’s sleep. But the second your head hits the pillow at night, it feels like your thoughts start racing a mile a minute. No matter how tired you are, or how much you’ve been craving rest all day, you just can’t seem to figure out how to quiet your anxious thoughts at night for long enough to fall asleep.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
Getting the proper amount of sleep can be a struggle, especially in a city like Las Vegas that operates 24 hours and workers have unusual shifts. A UNLV Assistant Professor of Psychology discusses the importance of sleep rhythms, how to associate your bed with rest instead of frustration, and when to seek medical or clinical help.

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Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News | April 1, 2024

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