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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

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV experts who made headlines locally, nationally, and around the world.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

collage of two women
Arts and Culture | May 18, 2022

Theatre MFA candidate Skylar Schock and theatre and film professor Adam Paul executive produce the event, an evening of stand-up comedy, followed by a talk-back with the comics aimed at opening up conversation and sharing resources for mental health.

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield at commencement
People | May 10, 2022

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

UNLV Football players entering Allegiant Stadium
Campus News | May 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

Psychology In The News

High Times
August 3, 2022

A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina has determined that genetic variations in a serotonin receptor may be responsible for the varying effects of psychedelic drugs for different people.

Healthline
July 28, 2022

Many people with depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) benefit from psychedelic drug treatments, clinical trials show. Psychedelic drugs affect thinking, emotion, and perception by binding to and activating the serotonin receptor

The Dales Report
July 28, 2022

Shadd Dales is joined by career brain researchers and husband-wife team behind Tessellate, a project designed to advance development of mental health psychedelic therapeutics.

The Dales Report
July 28, 2022

Shadd Dales is joined by career brain researchers and husband-wife team behind Tessellate, a project designed to advance development of mental health psychedelic therapeutics.

New York Times
July 23, 2022

It could be the plot of a Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl date, fall in love, get engaged … but, alas, the nuptials are not to be. Boy and girl go their separate ways, each getting married, having children, getting divorced. They remain the “one that got away” to each other. And then, older and wiser, they fall in love again.

Las Vegas Review-Journal En Español
July 22, 2022

On a flight to Las Vegas earlier this month, a Florida family discussed how they planned to react in the unlikely event that they had to flee from an active shooter in a crowded place.

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

August 1, 2022
Aldo Barrita (Psychology) is the recipient of the 2022 Dr. Richard A Rodriguez Student Travel Award sponsored by the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 44 Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. This award seeks to support engagement with LGBTQ+ people of color issues in psychology by defraying travel…
June 29, 2022
Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt, Aldo Barrita, and Anthony King (all Psychology) recently published an article in the Asian American Journal of Psychology  titled "Everyday Racism Increase for Asian Americans in the U.S. during the COVID-19 Pandemic." Their findings strongly indicate that Asians in the U.S. perceived a change in everyday racism during the…
June 27, 2022
Anthony King, Ting Tong, Donna Sim, Michelle Strong, Aldo Barrita, Danielle Le, and Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt (all Psychology) recently presented their research on the connection between adverse childhood experiences and addictive behavioral patterns in adulthood at the American Psychological Association's Division 50 Conference for the Practice of…
May 26, 2022
Aldo M. Barrita (Psychology) was awarded the 2022-23 Crossing Latinidades Melon Humanities Fellowship funded by the Mellon Foundation. This fellowship provides an annual stipend, along with resources and training to enhance research focused on Latinx communities exploring and reimagining comparative frameworks that move beyond the single-…
May 18, 2022
Lauren Schmidt, Kavita Batra, Allison G. McNickle, Douglas R. Fraser, Deborah A. Kuhls, Paul J. Chestovich (all Medicine), and Rachael Robnett (Psychology), along with Lynde Lutzow of Temple University Hospital, presented their research, “Implicit Bias Affects Surgical Technical Skill Evaluations” at the Association for Surgical Education annual…
May 14, 2022
Gloria Wong-Padoongpatt and Aldo Barrita (both Psychology) co-authored a book chapter "Racial Microaggressions and Self-Esteem" in the recently published book The Psychology of Inequity : Motivation and Beliefs edited by the late Jean Lau Chin, Yolanda E. Garcia and Arthur W. Blume. The book chapter summarizes recent findings highlighting how…