Department of Social and Behavioral Health News

Housed in the UNLV School of Public Health, the Department of Social and Behavioral Health is made up of faculty who are engaged in research that brings the community to the forefront through the development and evaluation of community based programs that promote health and prevent disease. Health education, health communication, and study of the social determinants of health and health disparities are essential to this area. Students in social and behavioral health are prepared to take on roles that help identify high-risk behaviors or trends in specific populations, and help to propose solutions that aim to improve overall public health in these communities.

Current Social and Behavioral Health News

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.

Lake Mead
Campus News | July 11, 2022

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

books inside the UNLV Bookstore
Campus News | February 10, 2022

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

students in classroom socially distanced and masked
Campus News | January 13, 2022

Infectious disease expert Brian Labus' hopes and concerns as UNLV's spring semester starts.

Professor Brian Labus on zoom screen
People | December 31, 2020

UNLV public health professor became a go-to source for media in Nevada and worldwide on the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.

Social and Behavioral Health In The News

Sunday Guardian Live
November 21, 2022

The long Covid-19 lockdowns and the threat of health risks outside kept people isolated, holed up in their houses, and glued to their TV screens, laptops, and mobile phones in India. This sedentary lifestyle didn’t spare the children either. Even young preschoolers have started to spend more screen time—using mobile phones at an alarmingly high number of daily hours. Screen-watching among Indian preschoolers and children is much higher than the prescribed screen-watching limit set by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Sunday Guardian Live
October 24, 2022

Parents of teens and young adults, beware. Smoking, including vaping, continues to be the biggest health risk. A US-centric multi-authored study finds that in the age group of 18-24 years, nicotine and cannabis remain high-risk consumption items. Additionally, young adults in America are also consuming the deadly cocktail of alcohol and cigarettes. Globally, smoking and drug abuse continue to affect nearly 14% of the youth, and over 5.6% of the world population in the age group of 16-64 years is consuming drugs, say the study experts.

June 29, 2022

Anger over Covid measures and a polarized political landscape have fueled attacks against mayors and other local officials, especially women and people of color.

June 23, 2022

Learn how to navigate the different state laws on nursing your baby outside your home.

Fronteraś Desk
May 23, 2022

Last week, researchers launched a registry geared toward ensuring LGBTQ people are represented in Alzheimer’s studies.

Nevada Independent
February 18, 2022

A week after Gov. Steve Sisolak ended Nevada’s mask mandate as the Omicron surge declined, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reevaluating its public health guidelines for prevention strategies, including recommendations for when people should don face coverings.

Social and Behavioral Health Experts

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Recent Social and Behavioral Health Accomplishments

December 1, 2022
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health) and Kavita Batra (Medicine) were featured in the news outlet, "Sunday GuardianLive," through which they discussed the problem of excessive "screen-watching" among preschoolers in India. This has come to light through their previous research study published in the Community Health Equity Research &…
November 30, 2022
A Persian translation of the popular book by Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health, Internal Medicine) titled, Introspective meditations for complete contentment (Santosha), was published this month (ISBN 978-622-7703-38-02). The book combines the collective wisdom from Eastern and Western thoughts and is based on the behavioral tenets of the…
November 29, 2022
Tim Grigsby (Social and Behavioral Health) co-published a paper on "Major Depression in Postpartum Women during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Can Social Support Buffer Psychosocial Risks and Substance Use?" in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The study’s aims were to examine the prevalence of major depressive…
November 28, 2022
Jason Flatt and Krystal Kittle (both Social and Behavioral Health), along with colleagues, recently published, “Inclusive Care Practices and Policies Among Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults,” in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing. 
November 22, 2022
Tim Grigsby (Social and Behavioral Health) published an article on "COVID-19 Concerns, Perceived Stress, and Increased Alcohol Use Among Adult Women in the United States" in the journal Clinical Nursing Research.  The objective of this study was to assess the direct and indirect (via perceived stress) effects of different types of pandemic-…
November 21, 2022
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health) coauthored an article titled, “Association between modes of delivery and postpartum dietary patterns: A cross-sectional study in Northwest China,” published in the journal, Frontiers in Nutrition, with colleagues from Chongqing Medical University and Qatar University. The article found that Cesarean…