Accomplishments: Department of Psychology

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, sexual behavior, and hypersexuality. Further screening for substance‐use disorders and hypersexuality in Veterans Affairs was recommended  for U.S....
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 Clinical Practice Series) that is designed to help clinicians effectively master and implement evidence-based treatment approaches.
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 oscillations and unit spiking, leading to enhanced CA1 contextual information. Wirt is a graduate student.    
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 their original research regarding LGBT content and audience responses. Their panel was titled "LGBT Fanning the Page and the Screen – How We Read, See,...
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 Diversity and Social Justice), Micahela Mobley (Housing and Residence Life), and Kevin Wright (Student Diversity and Social Justice).
March 18, 2019
Patricia Heisser Metoyer (Psychology and Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) is the author of “ Mixedness” and “Ancestral Race Trauma”: The Monster Has No Name, which is a selected publication in the Journal of Intercultural Disciplines and in the Journal of Science and Exploratory Studies. Both journals publish scholarly contributions that facilitate understanding of the experience and behavior of populations of color, both in the United States of America and other countries. The...
March 15, 2019
Jennifer Rennels (Psychology) gave a presentation for the Southern Nevada Society for Human Resource Management earlier this month on implicit and explicit biases, how those impact individuals in the workplace, and what can be done to decrease negative outcomes of bias.
February 27, 2019
Jennifer L. Rennels and Andrea J. Kayl (both Psychology) and their Sweden collaborators, Joshua Juvrud, Gustaf Gredeback, and Agneta Herlitz, recently published, "Attention During Visual Preference Tasks: Relation to Caregiving and Face Recognition" in Infancy. The research examined how having a female primary caregiver only versus having distributed caregiving with mom and dad affected infant face-processing abilities and relations in their performance across tasks.
January 28, 2019
Sara Hunt and Katherine Hertlein (both Medicine) collaborated with Noelle Lefforge and Michelle Paul (both Psychology) on an article that's been published in the Community Mental Health Journal. The article, "A University-Based Transdisciplinary Approach to Mental Health Workforce Shortages," describes UNLV's efforts to train mental health workers and integrate personnel into the community. Ramona Denby, formerly with the School of Social Work, contributed to the article.
January 14, 2019
Jennifer L. Rennels and Stephanie A. Verba (both Psychology) recently published, "Gender Typicality of Faces Affects Children's Categorization and Judgments of Women More than of Men" in Sex Roles. Their research shows U.S. children aged 5 to 9 years manifest a better sense of what typifies female than male faces, which subsequently affects how they socially group women and make assessments about what is a good example of a female face, but has little impact on such decisions for men. Such...
December 20, 2018
Merrill Landers (Physical Therapy), James Navalta (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences), and Jefferson Kinney (Psychology) co-authored “A High-Intensity Exercise Boot Camp for Persons With Parkinson Disease: A Phase II, Pragmatic, Randomized Clinical Trial of Feasibility, Safety, Signal of Efficacy, and Disease Mechanisms.” The investigators of this CTR-IN funded study concluded that a high-intensity multimodal exercise program for persons with Parkinson’s Disease produced more improvement...