Renato (Rainier) M. Liboro

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Faculty Affiliate, Department of Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies
Research Lead, CHAMPION Mental Health Lab
Expertise: Community Research, Psychology, Mental Health, LGBTQ Mental Health and Wellbeing, Racial Minority Mental Health, HIV/AIDS Research


Renato (Rainier) M. Liboro is an expert on the health disparities that impact the mental health and well-being of sexual/gender and racial minorities, migrants with or without status, older adults, and people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS and other hidden or episodic disabilities. He regularly conducts collaborative research with community partners on these topics.

His research specialties include vulnerable and minority populations affected by health disparities. 

He is currently the Research Lead of the Community Health Advocacy for Minority Populations, Immigrants and Other Newcomers, and their Mental Health (CHAMPION Mental Health) research lab. In addition, he also brings years of teaching and medical knowledge from his years of being a physician in the Philippines.


  • Ph.D., Community Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Ph.D., Medicine, UERMMMC
  • B.S., Psychology, University of the Philippines

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Renato (Rainier) M. Liboro In The News

Verywell Mind
As of 2018, approximately 1.2 million people had HIV in the U.S.1 According to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in General Psychiatry, a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS significantly increases the risk of suicidality.
Very Well Mind
While all queer people deal with the pressures of heteronormativity, there are other challenges that may only affect some members of the LGBTQ+ community. Individuals who are alsonBIPOC, have larger bodies, are disabled, etc, have an experience of pride and queerness that isn't as vibrantly displayed under the rainbow banners.
Everyday Health
Demographic surveys given to teenagers at schools and intake forms handed out at doctors’ offices don’t offer options that match the ways many adolescents now define their gender identity and sexual orientation, according to new research published on March 21 in the journal Pediatrics.
Verywell Mind
In a welcome change of behavior and social progress, individuals are now more willing to promote mental health in the same way that physical health has long been prioritized.

Articles Featuring Renato (Rainier) M. Liboro

Students pose between U.N.L.V. letters
Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Man sitting on couch.
People | June 28, 2021

This M.D.-Ph.D. finds his career sweet spot collaborating with diverse stakeholders to address community mental health issues of multi-identity minorities.

Woman wearing a U.N.L.V. mask
Campus News | December 10, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.