Accomplishments: Department of Psychology

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...
December 3, 2018
Patricia A. Heisser Metoyer (Psychology and Interdisciplinary, Gender, and Ethnic Studies) will present her research at the National Association of African American Studies Conference in February. The paper is titled “Ancestral 'Mixness' and 'Race Trauma:' The Monster Has No Name.” Her research is in review for publication by the University of California Press.
October 16, 2018
James Hyman (Psychology) delivered an invited talk,  "ACC Ensembles Link Actions and Outcomes to Predict Future Events," at the Computational Properties of Prefrontal Cortex Workshop in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this month.   
September 14, 2018
Jennifer Rennels (Psychology) presented a talk on "Implicit & Explicit Biases" for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Training Institute at their program seminar here in Las Vegas this month.
July 5, 2018
James Hyman (Psychology) gave an invited research talk, Decoding Predictions about the Future in Anterior Cingulate Cortex Ensembles," at the International Behavioral Neuroscience annual convention in Boca Raton, Florida, in June. 
June 6, 2018
Jing Nong Liang (Physical Therapy) and Jefferson Kinney (Psychology) received a Faculty Opportunity Award in the collaborative interdisciplinary research category for their study “Modifying the Spinal Circuitry to Improve Walking and BDNF Expression in Individuals Post-Stroke.” Liang also received a School of Allied Health Sciences Summer Research Fellowship for her study “Restoration of Spinal Circuit Function to Improve Walking in Individuals with Post-Stroke Hemiparesis.”
January 30, 2018
Barb Brents (Sociology) and alumna Crystal Jackson, '03 BA Psychology, '07 MA Sociology, '13 PhD Sociology, will participate in a special colloquium this month at UCLA titled "Welcome to the Pornosphere: A Socio-Sexual Analysis of the AVN Adult Extertainment Expo, Las Vegas."
January 17, 2018
Andrew Thomas Reyes, Hyunhwa “Henna” Lee (Nursing), Christopher Kearney (Psychology) along with former undergraduate students Katrina Isla (Nursing) and Jonica Estrada (Life Sciences) co-authored “Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress with Resilience as Outcome: An Integrative Review,” which appeared in the January issue of Issues in Mental Health Nursing.  
November 2, 2017
Andrew Thomas Reyes and Katrina Isla (both Nursing), Christopher Kearney (Psychology), and Ross Bryant (Military and Veteran Services Center) co-authored “Student Veterans’ Construction and Enactment of Resilience: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Study,” which explored how student veterans prepare themselves to handle the challenges of academic life while dealing with physical and psychiatric disabilities. The article appeared in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing on Oct. 19.