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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

Red UNLV pole banner amidst foliage
Campus News | January 24, 2023

Online master’s programs in nursing continue U.S. News & World Report rankings rise with two Top 10 placements; bachelor’s program in psychology also cracks Top 20. 

Members of the Precision Medicine Lab lifting off a manhole cover to study wastewater
Business and Community | December 29, 2022

A yearlong collection of headlines featuring community resources, training programs, and partnerships to move Southern Nevada forward.

Ph.D. engineering graduate George William Kajjumba is hooded during the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony
Campus News | December 28, 2022

Student achievements including competition wins, a science fellowship first, and new innovations splashed local and national news headlines in 2022.

A laser beam emitting a blue light is projected into a diamond anvil cell
Research | December 27, 2022

Groundbreaking discovery was the norm for Rebel researchers in 2022. Here's a selection of our favorite news-making UNLV research highlights from the year. 

UNLV Engineering team's robot shaking hands with student
Campus News | December 5, 2022

A roundup of students and faculty whose innovation and expertise made news headlines.

UNLV cheerleaders during 2022 homecoming
Campus News | November 8, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV students and faculty who made headlines locally, regionally, and internationally.

Psychology In The News

Now Boxing
January 18, 2023

Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the United States, Brad Donohue, BA, Ph.D., has been appointed to the British & Irish Boxing Authority (BIBA) Medical Advisory Board.

New Yorker
January 9, 2023

Some people say their thought takes place in images, some in words. But our mental processes are more mysterious than we realize.

Medical News Today
December 22, 2022

Psychosocial stress is different from other forms of stress, such as physiological stress, because it arises from our interactions with others. This form of stress results from an imbalance between threatening experiences in our daily lives and our ability to handle them emotionally.

Medical News Today
December 22, 2022

Psychosocial stress is different from other forms of stress, such as physiological stress, because it arises from our interactions with others. This form of stress results from an imbalance between threatening experiences in our daily lives and our ability to handle them emotionally.

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 16, 2022

Stress. Anxiety. Depression. Consider them the least-wanted gifts of the holiday season. For some unfortunate revelers, they arrive with the Christmas season as surely as carolers, jammed stores and growing credit card balances. However, area therapists say there are a few strategies that can help stem the sometimes negative emotional effects of the period from Christmas to New Year’s.

Verywell Family
December 5, 2022

Have you ever come home from dropping your child at school, and realize that their room is a mess—even though you just asked them to clean up? If your children are like mine, they might simply say they "forgot." Children certainly remember to eat their dessert or play on their tablet—but what about clearing their plates into the trash or plugging their devices back in for the night?

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Recent Psychology Accomplishments

January 26, 2023
Renato (Rainier) M. Liboro (Psychology) recently published a book chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Queer and Trans Music Therapy (Psychology series) titled, "Epistemic Privilege and Epistemic Responsibility: Responding to an Inherent Call to Address the Needs of Queer and Trans Folx in Music Therapy." From the perspective of standpoint theory,…
January 18, 2023
Rakshitha Mohankumar and Brenna Renn (both Psychology) published an op-ed piece, "Boosting the Mental/Behavioral Health Infrastructure to Prevent Elder Suicide," for Generations Today, a bimonthly digital publication of the American Society on Aging. They highlight pervasive ageism and lack of training as barriers to better suicide prevention in…
January 13, 2023
Amanda Mraz and Brenna Renn (both Psychology) published an article titled, "Perspectives of Nonspecialists Delivering a Brief Depression Treatment in the United States: A Qualitative Investigation," in the journal BMC Psychiatry. Their coauthor Grace Woodard is a doctoral student in clinical psychology at the University of Miami. Renn''s effort on…
January 12, 2023
Brenna Renn (Psychology) has been elected to the executive board of the American Psychological Association's Society of Clinical Geropsychology. The society's mission is to advance the field of professional clinical geropsychology through the scientific study of mental health of older adults, delivery of culturally sensitive psychological services…
January 6, 2023
Kara Christensen (Psychology) published a new article, "Elevated insomnia symptom severity in university students: The role of sexual orientation and internalizing symptoms," in Journal of American College Health with colleagues Ilana Seager Van Dyk from Massey University (NZ) and Ellen Klaver from University of Alberta (CAN),
January 5, 2023
Yen-Ling Chen, Repairer Etuk, and Shane Kraus (all Psychology) and colleagues published two papers over the winter break.  The first paper, "Differences within: Hypersexuality, Sensation Seeking and Pornography Viewing Behaviors in a Sample of Heterosexual, Gay, Bisexual, and Uncertain Men," was published in Sexual Health & Compulsivity. …