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Department of Psychology News

The Department of Psychology offers students a broad foundation in fundamental psychological concepts. We also provide opportunities for students to take specialty courses and be involved in research and various applied settings. Our curriculum meets the needs of students intending to pursue advanced training in psychology, education, medicine, or other related fields.

Current Psychology News

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Campus News |

A collection of news stories and highlights featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Research |

Six years after examining the fallout from the 1 October shooting, UNLV psychology professor Stephen Benning is studying the Dec. 6 shooting. 

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Campus News |

UNLV’s online bachelor’s in psychology, master’s programs in nursing rank among the nation's top 20; university nets four top 100 rankings. 

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Campus News |

As the nation's most-watched sports entertainment event rolls into town, UNLV researchers are available to provide expertise.

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Campus News |

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield honors six graduates for their unwavering commitment to excellence.

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Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s dedication to community and research.

Psychology In The News

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Free gambling credits, easy access can raise the risk of addiction and costs to society

Mother Jones

Making dementia a political weapon has far-reaching, stigmatizing effects.

CT Insider

An estimated 100,000 people in Connecticut have a gambling disorder addiction.

JustLove Radio

On this Super Bowl Weekend, Monsignor Kevin Sullivan is joined by Dr. Shane Kraus, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, The University of Nevada, Las Vegas; about Sports Wagering, Problem Gambling and what resources are available to those who may have a problem with gambling.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Among the topics addressed: campus safety, mental health resources, the shooting investigation, a future permanent memorial, and the ways the university intends to move forward following the tragedy.

Las Vegas Review Journal

Among the topics addressed: campus safety, mental health resources, the shooting investigation, a future permanent memorial, and the ways the university intends to move forward following the tragedy.

Psychology Experts

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

Nirmala Lekhak (Nursing), Tirth Bhatta (Sociology), and Joel Snyder (Psychology) collaborated with other collegues to publish "Meditation, Compassionate Love, and Mental Health in Later Life." This study underscores the need for contemplative interventions that foster compassionate love to improve mental health in later life.
Shane Kraus (Psychology) and colleagues recently published an article, "Anticipated Motives for Gambling Treatment in Adults from the U.S.," in the Journal of Gambling Studies. 
Todd Jennings and Shane Kraus (both Psychology) and colleagues recently published a paper, "Compulsive Sexual Behavior in LGBTQ Individuals and Minority Stress Theory: A Literature Review and Theoretical Integration," in Current Addiction Reports.  Kraus and members of the International Sex Survey published a paper, "Global cross-…
Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt and graduate student Anthony King (both Psychology) published a book chapter titled, "Culturally Competent Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders for Asian American Communities," in Substance Use Disorders in Underserved Ethnic and Racial Groups.  
Bailey Way and Shane Kraus (both Psychology) recently published a scoping review, "Conceptualizations of Craving and the Pornography Craving Questionnaire: A Scoping Review," in Current Addiction Reports. 
On February 7, 2024, Shane Kraus (Psychology) was part of an expert panel, Sports Betting and Gambling Addiction, hosted by SciLine and American Association for the Advancement of Science.