Shane W. Kraus

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


Shane W. Kraus is a licensed clinical psychologist and expert in psychopathology (the study of mental or behavioral disorders), sexual trauma, substance use disorders, gambling disorders, addictions, 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

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Free gambling credits, easy access can raise the risk of addiction and costs to society
CT Insider
An estimated 100,000 people in Connecticut have a gambling disorder addiction.
JustLove Radio
On this Super Bowl Weekend, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan is joined by Dr. Shane Kraus, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas; about Sports Wagering, Problem Gambling and what resources are available to those who may have a problem with gambling.
The Nevada Independent
Casino executive: “It’s good not to have people getting themselves into trouble because when they're in trouble, they're not good customers.”

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