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Department of Psychology News

The psychology department provides a broad foundation in psychology, with further specialty courses and opportunities for undergraduates to be involved in research and various applied settings. The curriculum meets the needs of students intending to pursue advanced training in psychology, education, medicine, or related fields.

Current Psychology News

Red UNLV pole banner amidst foliage
Campus News | January 24, 2023

Online master’s programs in nursing continue U.S. News & World Report rankings rise with two Top 10 placements; bachelor’s program in psychology also cracks Top 20. 

Members of the Precision Medicine Lab lifting off a manhole cover to study wastewater
Business and Community | December 29, 2022

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring community resources, training programs, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

A laser beam emitting a blue light is projected into a diamond anvil cell
Research | December 27, 2022

Groundbreaking discovery was the norm for Rebel researchers in 2022. Here's a selection of our favorite news-making UNLV research highlights from the year. 

UNLV Engineering team's robot shaking hands with student
Campus News | December 5, 2022

A roundup of students and faculty whose innovation and expertise made news headlines.

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

Psychology In The News

Desert Companion
February 2, 2023

Nevada ranks 51st in access to mental healthcare in the U.S. Despite this grim statistic, Rochelle Hines, who holds a PhD in neuroscience — as does her partner Dustin Hines — sees promise in the state’s burgeoning institutions, such as the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium, and UNLV. “It’s just figuring out how we can better support these institutions and connect them even more with our communities… and also remove barriers to access,” Rochelle says. “If a patient really wants to try an innovative therapy, you have to look at the barriers that might be preventing them from being able to access that.”

Desert Companion
February 2, 2023

Nevada ranks 51st in access to mental healthcare in the U.S. Despite this grim statistic, Rochelle Hines, who holds a PhD in neuroscience — as does her partner Dustin Hines — sees promise in the state’s burgeoning institutions, such as the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Clark County Children’s Mental Health Consortium, and UNLV. “It’s just figuring out how we can better support these institutions and connect them even more with our communities… and also remove barriers to access,” Rochelle says. “If a patient really wants to try an innovative therapy, you have to look at the barriers that might be preventing them from being able to access that.”

Yahoo!
February 1, 2023

“It started in sixth grade: First, it was a stomachache. Then it was problems with other kids.” That’s how a New York City mom (who requested anonymity) recalls the start of her daughter’s descent in what’s known among mental health professionals as “school refusal” — or “anxiety-based school absenteeism,” according to the country’s pioneering expert in the field, psychologist Christopher Kearney.

Giddy
January 30, 2023

Depression is a mental thief that can steal joy, hope, motivation and, in worst-case scenarios, the will to live. For decades, doctors and pharmaceutical companies have implicated serotonin deficiency as depression's primary cause, pushing serotonin-modulating medications as a first-line treatment. And yet the evidence in support of the so-called serotonin hypothesis—or the efficacy of serotonin-modulating drugs—is paltry, at best.

KSNV-TV: News 3
January 30, 2023

A mental health resource born in the pandemic is on a mission to help those with what's believed to be an undiagnosed disorder.

Chattanooga Times Free Press
January 28, 2023

It remains to be seen whether U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, whose divorce from Perry Greene was finalized in December, plans to keep the last name she's become so closely associated with.

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

February 6, 2023
Nathan C. Higgins, Alexandra N. Scurry, Fang Jiang, David F. Little, Claude Alain, Mounya Elhilali, and Joel S. Snyder published a paper titled, "Adaptation in the sensory cortex drives bistable switching during auditory stream segregation," in Neuroscience of Consciousness. Dr. Higgins and Dr. Little were post-doctoral fellows at UNLV, and Snyder…
January 31, 2023
Patricia A. Heisser-Metoyer, Ph.D., (Psychology; Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies; African America and African Diaspora program), was selected to participate in The White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans events in 2023. The initiative was created to strengthen…
January 26, 2023
Renato (Rainier) M. Liboro (Psychology) recently published a book chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Queer and Trans Music Therapy (Psychology series) titled, "Epistemic Privilege and Epistemic Responsibility: Responding to an Inherent Call to Address the Needs of Queer and Trans Folx in Music Therapy." From the perspective of standpoint theory,…
January 18, 2023
Rakshitha Mohankumar and Brenna Renn (both Psychology) published an op-ed piece, "Boosting the Mental/Behavioral Health Infrastructure to Prevent Elder Suicide," for Generations Today, a bimonthly digital publication of the American Society on Aging. They highlight pervasive ageism and lack of training as barriers to better suicide prevention in…
January 13, 2023
Amanda Mraz and Brenna Renn (both Psychology) published an article titled, "Perspectives of Nonspecialists Delivering a Brief Depression Treatment in the United States: A Qualitative Investigation," in the journal BMC Psychiatry. Their coauthor Grace Woodard is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Miami. Renn''s effort on…
January 12, 2023
Brenna Renn (Psychology) has been elected to the executive board of the American Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Geropsychology. The society's mission is to advance the field of professional clinical geropsychology through the scientific study of mental health of older adults, delivery of culturally sensitive psychological services…