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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

Business and Community | August 11, 2019

UNLV helps students overcome their math anxiety.

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People | June 26, 2019

The UNLV Medical School and its students have been among the beneficiaries.

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People | May 28, 2019

A two-time UNLV alum, Pete Reyes is studying for a third degree while working full time and making indie-electronic albums.

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Research | May 21, 2019

New research unveils the anterior cingulate cortex’s role in memory retrieval and potential implications for dementia treatment.

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People | May 1, 2019

Noelle Lefforge helps a UNLV mental health clinic reach into rural Nevada while giving graduate students vital training.

Campus News | May 1, 2019

UNLV faculty and students honored with Service-Learning, Community-Based Research, Faculty/Staff Outreach, and Student Service awards.

Psychology In The News

BBC Future
August 20, 2019

What were you thinking about a second ago? Or, to cut to the chase, how were you thinking about it? It’s a deceptively tricky question to answer.

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
August 14, 2019

While anyone's anxiety could spike over so much trauma in just a week, Professor Christopher Kearney of UNLV says it's necessary to discuss tragedies like the ones that happened in Texas, California, and Ohio with your kids.

Authority Magazine
August 9, 2019

I had the pleasure to interview Licensed clinical psychologist Brad Donohue. Brad is a UNLV professor of psychology and director of The Optimum Performance Program in Sports (TOPPS) — a mental health program targeted specifically to college athletes. He also writes a regular column for Psychology Today.

Healthline
August 9, 2019

After the recent pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the collective attention of America’s ire has once again landed squarely on the topic of gun control.

Texarkana Gazette
July 29, 2019

On the list of top 10 complaints parents have to listen to, "I don't want to go to school today" probably ranks right up there with "He's bugging me" and "I just want to text my friends!"

Psychology Today
July 8, 2019

A number of bloggers have asked us to discuss sport performance optimization exercises that are supported in science. In answering this call, we’d like to report the results of a study that compared the effectiveness of 3 exercises that were designed to improve running performance (systematic motivational exchanges, yoga, discussion about competitive running), and show how this information can be used to assist athletes immediately prior to competitive events.

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

August 19, 2019
Shane Kraus (Psychology) published a paper in American Journal on Addictions, "Psychopathology and Hypersexuality among Veterans with and without Histories of Alcohol‐use Disorders." The paper examined differences among U.S. military veterans with lifetime alcohol use disorder compared with those without on select measures of psychopathology,...
August 16, 2019
Christopher Kearney (Psychology) published his fourteenth book, and eighth with Oxford University Press, "Helping Families of Youth with School Attendance Problems: A Practical Guide for Mental Health and School-Based Professionals." The book is the first in a special series by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (the ABCT...
July 22, 2019
Jefferson Kinney (Integrated Health Sciences) and James Hyman (Psychology) received a $601,576 grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health for the research project "Aging and Hyperglycemia Alter Molecular Mechanisms and Hippocampal Oscillations Consistent with Alzheimer's Disease."
May 22, 2019
Ryan A. Wirt and James M. Hyman (both Psychology) have published an article in Cell Reports. Over time, contextual memories become dependent on the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) for retrieval. Wirt and Hyman found that theta-mediated interactions between ACC and CA1 increase for remote recall. Communication from the ACC to CA1 modulates neural...
April 25, 2019
Nicole Espinosa (Interdisciplinary, Ethnic, and Gender Studies), Amber Williams (Psychology), and Erika Abad (Interdisciplinary, Ethnic, and Gender Studies) presented during ClexaCon's first Academic Lab earlier this month. Espinosa, a gender and sexuality studies student and 2017-18 McNair Scholar, and Williams, a master's student, presented...
April 19, 2019
Simone Beasley (Hospitality Management), Kajuana Hollis (Psychology), and Kennady Wright (Hospitality Management) hosted a panel discussion to explore the impact of stereotypes on people within the African Diaspora.  The panelists were Tatiyana Gilbert (Kinesiology), Aaliyah Galwey (Education), Deshawn Johnson (Sociology), Mary Whitehead (Student...