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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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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

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.

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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.

Psychology In The News

Washington Post
September 22, 2022

When Aubrey Garcia’s daughter was in the third grade, she suddenly stopped attending school.

News Medical
September 21, 2022

A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published by Elsevier, finds that women experiencing food insecurity more frequently report symptoms of food addiction, such as compulsive eating of certain types of food, unsuccessful attempts to cut down and withdrawal symptoms. Further study of addictive mechanisms may be a valuable approach to understand the relationship between food insecurity and the overconsumption of processed foods.

Science Mag
September 20, 2022

A new study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, published by Elsevier, finds that women experiencing food insecurity more frequently report symptoms of food addiction, such as compulsive eating of certain types of food, unsuccessful attempts to cut down and withdrawal symptoms. Further study of addictive mechanisms may be a valuable approach to understand the relationship between food insecurity and the overconsumption of processed foods.

Everyday Health
September 15, 2022

You may have heard about the upcoming Olivia Wilde–directed thriller, Don’t Worry Darling, because of its promising reviews. (It will be released September 23, but premiered at the Venice International Film Festival [PDF] earlier this month.) Or it may be on your radar because of the off-camera drama around the cast’s and crew’s purported feuds, snubs, bad blood, and affairs of the heart (including a romance between director, Wilde, and star, Harry Styles).

Insider
September 1, 2022

The antidote to doom-scrolling yourself into oblivion? Senior living TikTok. Senior living accounts on TikTok allow people who live in assisted living facilities to share their knowledge, experience, and humor with the world. While it's unclear just how many of these accounts exist, the hashtag #seniorliving has been used 103.6 million times, and the hashtag #seniorlivingcommunity has been used 8.9 million times.

KNPR News
August 30, 2022

In the last two months Las Vegas has gone through the fear and panic of mass shootings, even though the shootings never happened.

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

September 12, 2022
With community partners from Toronto, Canada, Renato "Rainier" M. Liboro (Psychology) recently published the article, "Kinky Sex and Deliberate Partner Negotiations: Case Studies of Canadian Transgender Men Who Have Sex with Men, Their HIV Risks, Safer Sex Practices, and Prevention Needs," in the International Journal of Environmental Research and…
September 9, 2022
Shane Kraus, Kaelyn Griffin, Todd Jennings, and Repairer Etuk (Psychology) and Brett Abarbanel (IGI) and Patrick [Tiange] Xu (Hospitality) recently published four publications.  The first article, "Sports betting around the world: A systematic review," was published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions supported by a pre-doctoral network grant…
September 6, 2022
Kara Christensen (Psychology) and colleagues at the University of Kansas, led by Kelsie Forbush, recently published an article, "Generalized network psychometrics of eating-disorder psychopathology," in the International Journal of Eating Disorders that compares different models for understanding eating disorder psychopathology. The study found…
August 31, 2022
Doctoral student Rachel DeWald (Psychology, Brain Health) received the Spring 2022 cover artwork award for the Spectra Undergraduate Research Journal. The Office of Undergraduate Research solicits student submissions for the award to have a student-designed cover for each spring and fall issue. The competitive award intends to foster student…
August 18, 2022
Shane Kraus, Kaelyn Griffin, Bailey Way, Todd Jennings (all Psychology) and colleagues published six papers this summer.  The first paper (Predictors of compulsive sexual behavior among treatment-seeking women) was published in Sexual Medicine. The second paper (The Holistic Recovery Capital in Gambling Disorder Index: A pilot study) was…
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…