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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

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.

Campus News | June 8, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.

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Campus News | May 11, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.

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People | May 4, 2021

Aldo Barrita uses his skills as a researcher to bring awareness to anti-Asian racism, which has spiked during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Campus News | April 14, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting health, recovery, and celebration at UNLV.

Psychology In The News

July 30, 2021

Performing certain exercises can help you manage spasticity after a stroke.

Everyday Health
July 29, 2021

Sports psychologists deem Simone Biles's actions to prioritize her emotional well-being a huge win for mental health and a huge step forward for acknowledging what ‘healthy’ competition actually looks like.

Verywell Mind
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).

July 8, 2021

A child’s language learning process is complex. It’s not simply a matter of understanding simple concepts and building from there.

Las Vegas Weekly
June 28, 2021

For thousands of years, humans have used psychedelics for religious and therapeutic purposes. And yet, mainstream medicine has been skeptical of—if not downright hostile to—this class of drugs.

Verywell Mind
June 23, 2021

How far back can you remember? The answer might be even earlier than you think, according to new research.

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

July 30, 2021
Shane W. Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues recently published five papers this summer. The first paper "Attachment insecurities and body image self-consciousness among women: The mediating role of pornography use" was published in Computers in Human Behavior. "Reliability, Validity, and Unidimensionality of the Korean Version of the Pornography...
July 30, 2021
Aldo M. Barrita (Psychology) received the 2021 Anastasi Graduate Student Research Award: Early Graduate Student for the APA's Division 52 (International Psychology). This award, named for Anne Anastasi, is for outstanding graduate student research, with priority given to research that focuses on psychometrics and differential psychology. Aldo...
July 20, 2021
Shane Kraus (Psychology) is giving an invited talk (Latest Developments for Compulsive Sexual Behavior Disorder for ICD-11) at the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation 2021 Online Global Summit on July 22. 
July 16, 2021
Aldo M. Barrita (Psychology) was awarded the Cultivating Healing, Advocacy, Nonviolence, Growth, and Equity Grant (CHANGE) of the American Psychological Association Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) that will fund his research project, Latinx experiences with racial and ethnic microaggressions: The construction and validity of a new scale." The...
July 14, 2021
Rochelle Hines and Dustin Hines (both Psychology) were awarded an NIH R15 grant through the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) for a project, Early Mechanisms Mediating the Organization of the Axon Initial Segment Impact the Formation of Axo-axonic Synapses. The $431,046 grant will fund research to advance our...
June 8, 2021
James Hyman and doctoral student Lauren Crew (both Psychology), along with Herb Covington of Tufts University, write in Current Biology about the anterior cingulate cortex's role in mediating aggression. Violent behavior is the product of a diverse network of neural structures. A new study shows that the anterior cingulate cortex is important for...