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Department of Social and Behavioral Health News

Housed in the UNLV School of Public Health, the Department of Social and Behavioral Health consists of faculty who engage in research and develop and evaluate community-based programs that promote health and disease prevention. Our students learn to identify high-risk behaviors or trends in specific populations, as well as propose solutions that aim to improve overall public health in communities.

Current Social and Behavioral Health News

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

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The Outstanding Faculty Award winner has spent over 40 years helping us understand health behavior.

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The research expert recently received a $3.5M grant to conduct a study on LGBTQIA+ caregivers of dementia patients and their experiences.

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Manoj Sharma receives Community Engagement Award for his work to provide access and delivery of health care to marginalized groups.

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A roundup of news stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made headlines locally, nationally, and globally.

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

Social and Behavioral Health In The News

The Daily Guardian

Hatred (ghrna in Sanskrit) or an intention of malaise against someone is a huge barrier in our spiritual journey toward perfection and among the most difficult emotions to eliminate. Swami Sivananda Saraswati (1887-1963, a renowned yoga teacher) has described three stages of hatred. This emotion usually starts with prejudice or forming a negative opinion about someone without having accurate facts or reasonable reasoning.

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A solar eclipse happens when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun thus casting a shadow. A complete solar eclipse will be occurring on April 8, 2024, that will be visible in North America. This will turn the day into darkness because the Moon’s angular diameter will be larger to prevent sunlight from reaching the Earth. The eclipse will start to appear in Mexico, moving through Texas and then the Midwest and sliding onto Canada. Several people want to watch the solar eclipse, but some precautions need to be kept in mind.

The Daily Guardian

Guilt (atyaya in Sanskrit) is an emotion that arises when someone does or believes they are committing something wrong. In legal parlance, guilty refers to having been found to have committed an offense or crime. Guilt is focused on the past, unlike fears that are future-oriented.

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Last year a study done by a major insurance company in India, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, reported that 77% of Indians are experiencing at least one symptom of stress regularly. World Health Organization defines stress as, “a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation.” In simpler terms, stress is how our body, mind, and behaviors respond to outside events by interpreting them, and making judgments about controlling or influencing them.

The Daily Guardian

Selfishness (matsara or swartha) is an action in which one is concerned exclusively or overly with one’s profit, pleasure, or gain without regard for the welfare of others and often at the expense of others. Selflessness, on the other hand, is placing the welfare of others before one’s own. One cannot be completely selfless to the extent of neglecting one’s priorities or purpose in life. At the same time, one should not be completely selfish, so much so that one completely neglects the needs and wants of others in fulfilling one’s objectives. What is needed is a happy balance between selfishness and selflessness.

The Daily Guardian

Fear (Bhaya) is an emotion that results from the belief that something or someone is hazardous and is likely to induce pain or discomfort. The operative word in this conceptualization is that it is a belief or a perception that may not be factual. It is a hindrance on the spiritual path as well as everyday life. For some of us, it has become a habit to over-assess the negative outcomes and thus we develop fears. Such a disposition is often associated with pessimism.

Social and Behavioral Health Experts

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An expert on health behavior and coping with stress.

Recent Social and Behavioral Health Accomplishments

UNLV repeated their first place win in racquetball for Corporate Challenge. Congratulations to the team! Erica Marti (Civil & Environmental Engineering and Construction) - 1st place, women's singles; Venki Muthukumar (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Sid Raich (Social and Behavioral Health) - 1st place, men's doubles; Adam Koebke (…
Asma Awan, Ana Gonzalez, Muhammad Sohail Akhter, Refat Srejon, Abena Owusu, Susan Dakwa, Blessing Imade, Salim Dweck, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health) conducted a 60 minutes-workshop on  March 27, 2024, at National Network of Public Health Institutes' convenings held for COVID-19 Health Disparities Grant Reverse Site Visit…
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) was among the GBD 2021 Fertility and Forecasting Collaborators in authoring the article titled, “Global fertility in 204 countries and territories, 1950–2021, with forecasts to 2100: A comprehensive demographic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2021,” in The Lancet (…
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) coauthored an article titled, “Effect of dietary selenium intake on cardiovascular disease: A retrospective cohort study based on China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) data,” in the journal Public Health Nutrition (Impact factor 3.2) in collaboration with colleagues from Chongqing…
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health, Internal Medicine) and Asma Awan (Social and Behavioral Health) have been awarded a grant to develop a training program for reducing implicit bias among emergency room staff at Sarasota Memorial Health Care System based on the multi-theory model (MTM) of health behavior change. The intervention will help…
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) published an article titled, “Mental health promotion by medical students: An untapped potential” for UJMS: UCMS Journal of Medical Sciences, a peer-reviewed journal published by his alma mater, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India. The article discusses the role…