unlv students walking on campus

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

The Las Vegas skyline (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News |

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

man in suit sits in front of wall that reads "school of public health"
People |

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

individual holding pride progress flag on pride-colored sidewalk
People |

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

man posing in front of vegas skyline
People |

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

UNLV letters surrounded by roses
Campus News |

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

Scarlet and Gray, “REB's Glitter Squad”, Lester Cruz and Isabel Ferguson, take pictures and hype up students and families during the October 2022 homecoming football game.
Campus News |

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

Possessiveness (or parigraha in Sanskrit) has three dimensions. First, is the ownership of objects, things, money, and other materials. Second, is the controllability in relationships particularly close ones such as with spouse, children, friends, and so on. Third, is the controllability that also extends to possessiveness about power by those in positions of power. There is a rich literature in Indian philosophy on possessiveness and how to transcend it (aparigraha). It entails keeping the desire for possessions just appropriate to one’s life stage. It involves self-restraint so as not to harm others and developing a sense of charity (dana).

India Currents

Dr. Manoj Sharma, a Professor of Social and Behavioral Health answers queries on sleeplessness, its possible reasons and the ways to combat it.

The Daily Guardian

Self-condemnation (swa-ninda in Sanskrit) is a state that is linked to the emotions of guilt, shame, anger, regret, disappointment, and distress. It entails being reproachful of one’s behavior to the extent of despising it. It can happen because of indulging in a behavior that one does not approve of and upon reflection finds that it cannot be justified. It involves doing something contrary to one’s personality. It violates one’s value system and challenges the existing beliefs and attitudes about self.

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.

Indica News

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.

Social and Behavioral Health Experts

An expert on lactation, breastfeeding, and maternal and child health and nutrition.
An expert on health behavior and coping with stress.
An expert on health disparities and LGBTQ aging adults with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease.

Recent Social and Behavioral Health Accomplishments

Asma Awan, Ana Gonzalez, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health) presented a paper titled, "An Exploration of Nutritional Diet Policies: A Narrative Review for Transformation Toward Sustainable Food Systems," at the 2024 Nevada Public Health Association Annual Conference held virtually on April 17, 2024. The…
Asma Awan, Ana Gonzalez, Muhammad Sohail Akhter, Refat Srejon, Abena Owusu, Susan Dakwa, Blessing Imade, Salim Dweck, Sidath Kapukotuwa, and Manoj Sharma (all Social and Behavioral Health) presented a paper titled, "Addressing the GAP Analysis of a Program Evaluation Aimed at Fostering Partnerships to Promote Health and Ensure Equitable Access to…
Manoj Sharma's (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) article, “Application of the multi-theory model to explain veterinarians' intentions to use telehealth/telemedicine” was recognized as a top-cited article from the Journal of the British Veterinary Association, Veterinary Record, for the period January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2023.…
Tim Grigsby (Social and Behavioral Health) has been awarded a grant to evaluate the "Southern Nevada Post Opioid Response Team (SPORT)" project in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Health District. The project is funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance's Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Use Program (COSSUP).  
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) and Asma Awan (Social and Behavioral Health) have been awarded a grant titled, “Reducing Implicit Bias among Emergency Room (ER) Staff” by Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, Florida. The grant will develop a training program based on Sharma’s multi-theory model (MTM) of health…
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 (…