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

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Campus News | February 10, 2022

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

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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.

Professor Labus writing on white board
People | December 29, 2020

UNLV Public Health professor Brian Labus dismantles misperceptions about the COVID-19 vaccine and shares why it works, why it’s safe, and why everyone eligible should get it.

Social and Behavioral Health In The News

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.

Verywell Health
February 16, 2022

A new study shows that hospitalized patients who tested positive for COVID-19 were more likely to experience shortness of breath, fatigue, and type 2 diabetes after contracting the virus.

KSNV-TV: News 3
February 11, 2022

When governor Steve Sisolak announced masks were gone for the second time this pandemic, feelings were undoubtedly mixed.

Social and Behavioral Health Experts

An expert on health disparties and LGBTQ aging adults with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.
An expert on health behavior and coping with stress.

Recent Social and Behavioral Health Accomplishments

July 6, 2022
Jacq Tate (Social and Behavioral Health) has been invited to participate in the Point Source Youth (PSY) 2022-2023 National Youth Empowerment & Mentorship Initiative. This initiative seeks Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC) youth leaders and advocates driven by the determination to disrupt disparities and close gaps in…
July 1, 2022
Kavita Batra and Aditi Singh (both Medicine), along with Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health), published a study, "Assessing COVID-19 Booster Hesitancy and Its Correlates: An Early Evidence from India," in the Vaccines journal. This research involved investigators from multiple countries, including India, Saudi Arabia, and Italy. To authors…
June 23, 2022
Gabriela Buccini (Social and Behavioral Health) was interviewed about the Your Public Breastfeeding Rights Explained. In the interview, she discusses the importance of normalizing breastfeeding in public, tips for breastfeeding in public, and what to do if a negative interaction happens.      
June 20, 2022
Jason Flatt (Department of Social and Behavioral Health) along with colleagues recently published, "Functional Limitations and Access to Long-Term Services and Supports Among Sexual Minority Older Adults" in the Journal of Applied Gerontology. Using cross-sectional data from the 2016 Health and Retirement Study, they found that bisexual older…
June 20, 2022
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health) coauthored the interdisciplinary chapter “The associations between home economics education and familial risk factors for delinquency:  An exploratory study” in the research monograph, “The justice system and the family: Police, courts, and incarceration” published by Emerald Publishing from the United…
June 20, 2022
Gabriela Buccini (Social and Behavioral Health) co-authored a project titled "Analysis of Stakeholder Networks to Strengthen the Prevention of Childhood Obesity and the Caring for Children With Obesity in Brazil" published in the Current Developments in Nutrition. The project aimed to map and describe the influence level (i.e., power) of key…