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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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Business and Community | June 4, 2020

Mental health expert Dr. Michelle Paul provides strategies on fighting off anxieties as people return to work, outside activities.

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People | April 10, 2020

UNLV's first graduate in the HOPE Scholars program for homeless youth will receive her degree this May.

Campus News | April 9, 2020

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped the community make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.

Michelle Paul, director of The PRACTICE Mental Health Clinic at UNLV, sits in front of her computer in her office to conduct a virtual meeting.
Business and Community | April 2, 2020

The PRACTICE Mental Health Clinic responds to outbreak, offers all services to existing patients virtually.

Campus News | April 1, 2020

Undergraduates Alvaro Carbonero and Ava Platt among a select group of STEM students nationwide selected for prestigious honor.

Business and Community | March 25, 2020

UNLV mental health expert Michelle Paul offers conversation strategies for COVID-19.

Psychology In The News

KSNV-TV: News 3
June 18, 2020

Washing your hands less. Leaving the mask at home. Giving out handshakes and hugs. In the midst of the pandemic, more people are becoming less diligent with their health precautions, alarming doctors.

The Sun News
June 15, 2020

The researchers’ goal in conducting the study was to learn about whether a diversity of daily experiences leads to a more positive emotional state.

June 9, 2020

The confluence of isolation, excess available time, and anxiety about illness or finances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have the potential to increase problem gambling behaviors during this public health emergency, so it's essential to gather data and supply guidance on this issue, according to a call to action published May 18 in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

Psychology Today
June 8, 2020

“We are living in a racism pandemic… The health consequences are dire. Racism is associated with a host of psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety, and other serious, sometimes debilitating conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorders.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 26, 2020

At a time when we are battered by cruel statistics on infections, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19, one set of numbers, at least on the surface, provides a ray of hope in the time of coronavirus.

May 21, 2020

A new study published May 18 in the journal Nature Neuroscience has revealed a link between our physical environment and how happy we feel.

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

June 26, 2020
Alyssa Crittenden, Trevor Pollom, and Kristen Herlosky (all Anthropology) and Chad Cross (Medicine), along with Elle Ford, '17 BA Psychology, recently authored a paper, "Effects of a Mixed‐Subsistence Diet on the Growth of Hadza Children," in the American Journal of Human Biology. It explores the early effects of dietary transition among hunter-...
June 26, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) recently published two books chapters. The first chapter, "Prevention and treatment of sexual addiction" is coming out in the Cambridge Handbook of Substance and Behavioral Addictions. The second chapter, "Digital technologies and sex: Internet and smartphone influences on pornography viewing and other sexual behaviors" is...
June 12, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) will be offering a webinar on problem gambling among U.S. veterans (Gambling Problems in US Military Veterans) on June 12, sponsored by Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies.
June 11, 2020
Shane Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues recently published a paper, "Addiction or Transgression? Moral Incongruence and Self-Reported Problematic Pornography Use in a Nationally Representative Sample" in Clinical Psychological Science. 
June 8, 2020
Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Tiange Xu (International Gaming Institute) received a pre-doctoral student network grant of $2,500 for their proposed project, Sports Betting around the World: A Systematic Review, from the International Center for Responsible Gaming. Their primary mentor is Shane Kraus (Psychology) and secondary mentors are Brett...
May 18, 2020
While we can't be together for the annual Campus Life Top Tier Awards this year, please join us in recognizing this year's nominees and winners. These awards span the different values of the Campus Life cluster including social justice, student and staff development, student engagement, economic viability, infrastructure, academic impact,...