Shane W. Kraus

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UNLV School of Medicine
Expertise: Addiction, Substance Use, Gambling, Veteran Mental Health, Compulsive Sexual Behavior


Shane W. Kraus is a licensed clinical psychologist and expert in psychopathology, sexual trauma, substance use disorders, gambling disorders, and compulsive sexual behavior disorder (CSBD). 

An assistant professor of psychology, Kraus uses behavioral, epidemiological, and neurobiological methods to assess factors that contribute to the development of addictive behaviors and other co-occurring psychiatric disorders among at-risk groups. 

He has published extensively on sexual behavior and was part of the World Health Organization working group who put forth the diagnostic criteria for CSBD for ICD-11. His gambling research is also exploring effective screening approaches for identifying individuals with problem gambling.


  • B.S. Criminology, California State University, Fresno (2003)
  • M.A. Forensic Psychology, Castleton University (2007)
  • PHD Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University (2013)
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry (2016)

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Shane W. Kraus In The News

December 1, 2020
At the beginning of 2018, Steve had a stable marriage and his own business. By the end of 2018, he had neither. Alcohol abuse contributed to the 37-year-old's downward spiral, but it wasn't the catalyst.
Psychology 360
October 1, 2020
Today I speak with Dr. Kraus from Director, UNLV Behavioral Addictions Lab Department of Psychology of University of Nevada, Las Vegas on the topic of sex and porn addiction and its treatments. We also touch upon issues related to limitations in the current data and new trends.
June 9, 2020
The confluence of isolation, excess available time, and anxiety about illness or finances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to increase problem gambling behaviors during this public health emergency, so it's essential to gather data and supply guidance on this issue, according to a call to action published May 18 in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.