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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

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Campus News | October 4, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting research wins, expert insights, and academic achievement.

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People | September 29, 2022

Lindsey Ricciardi's dedication to treating eating disorders and serving the community makes her standout as the Liberal Arts Alumna of the Year.

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Psychology In The News

Las Vegas Sun
October 3, 2022

There’s no reason for Las Vegas parents to fear conversations about critical race theory occurring at their children’s schools.

Las Vegas Sun
October 3, 2022

There’s no reason for Las Vegas parents to fear conversations about critical race theory occurring at their children’s schools.

Washington Post
September 22, 2022

When Aubrey Garcia’s daughter was in the third grade, she suddenly stopped attending school.

News Medical
September 21, 2022

A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published by Elsevier, finds that women experiencing food insecurity more frequently report symptoms of food addiction, such as compulsive eating of certain types of food, unsuccessful attempts to cut down and withdrawal symptoms. Further study of addictive mechanisms may be a valuable approach to understand the relationship between food insecurity and the overconsumption of processed foods.

Science Mag
September 20, 2022

A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published by Elsevier, finds that women experiencing food insecurity more frequently report symptoms of food addiction, such as compulsive eating of certain types of food, unsuccessful attempts to cut down and withdrawal symptoms. Further study of addictive mechanisms may be a valuable approach to understand the relationship between food insecurity and the overconsumption of processed foods.

Everyday Health
September 15, 2022

You may have heard about the upcoming Olivia Wilde–directed thriller, Don’t Worry Darling, because of its promising reviews. (It will be released September 23, but premiered at the Venice International Film Festival [PDF] earlier this month.) Or it may be on your radar because of the off-camera drama around the cast’s and crew’s purported feuds, snubs, bad blood, and affairs of the heart (including a romance between director, Wilde, and star, Harry Styles).

Psychology Experts

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

October 3, 2022
In the latest edition of The Community Psychologist (p. 26), the official newsletter of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association, Community Psychology), an announcement was made that featured the appointment of Renato "Rainier" M. Liboro (Psychology) as one of the six SCRA Research…
September 28, 2022
Solena D. Mednicoff, Sivan Barashy, Destiny Gonzales, Stephen D. Benning, Joel S. Snyder, and Erin E. Hannon (all Psychology) published an article titled, "Auditory affective processing, musicality, and the development of misophonic reactions," in the journal Frontiers in Neuroscience. 
September 27, 2022
Kara Christensen and Nicole Short (both Psychology), with a colleague at the University of Alberta, published a chapter, "Insomnia in Eating Disorders," in the new book, Eating Disorders. In this chapter, they provide an overview of the literature on insomnia disorder in people with eating disorders, potential mechanisms for comorbidity, and…
September 12, 2022
With community partners from Toronto, Canada, Renato "Rainier" M. Liboro (Psychology) recently published the article, "Kinky Sex and Deliberate Partner Negotiations: Case Studies of Canadian Transgender Men Who Have Sex with Men, Their HIV Risks, Safer Sex Practices, and Prevention Needs," in the International Journal of Environmental Research and…
September 9, 2022
Shane Kraus, Kaelyn Griffin, Todd Jennings, and Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Brett Abarbanel (IGI) and Patrick [Tiange] Xu (Hospitality) recently published four publications.  The first article, "Sports betting around the world: A systematic review," was published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions supported by a pre-doctoral network grant…
September 6, 2022
Kara Christensen (Psychology) and colleagues at the University of Kansas, led by Kelsie Forbush, recently published an article, "Generalized network psychometrics of eating-disorder psychopathology," in the International Journal of Eating Disorders that compares different models for understanding eating disorder psychopathology. The study found…