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

July 15, 2021
Suicide is estimated to claim one life every eleven minutes in the US, according to the CDC. Unfortunately, the risk of death by suicide increases by about 100 times for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).
June 17, 2021
Following the murders of numerous Black individuals at the hands of the police as well as the increase in Asian hate crimes during the pandemic, there has been a growing awareness of how BIPOC communities experience disproportionate harm in the U.S.
December 16, 2020
This research focused on the experiences of men who have sex with men (MSM, including transgender men), over the age of 40, to highlight those factors that play a role in the development of resilience as individuals age, both for those living with HIV and those who are HIV negative.
November 16, 2020
Despite being part of a population facing an increased risk for acquiring HIV, researchers say many middle-aged men who have sex with men (MSM) have exhibited considerable resilience against the virus since the start of the epidemic 40 years ago.

Articles Featuring Renato (Rainier) M. Liboro

Campus News | July 9, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.
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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.
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Research | December 29, 2020
A yearlong collection of UNLV faculty making the news for their discoveries and contributions to the community.
Campus News | December 10, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.