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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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Campus News |

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

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People |

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

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People |

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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People |

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

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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


Aahana (name changed on request), 16 years old, is a high-school student in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-Wisconsin) who came to the United States as a child. She has an older sibling who has been a straight A student and is now in medical school.  However, Aahana has always struggled with her performance in school. She has been shamed by her family and Indian-origin peers who have excelled in school. Her poor performance was always attributed to her laziness and a lack of applying herself.

The Daily Guardian

How do we go about surrendering our ego to achieve a greater purpose in life?


"Las Vegas Morning Blend" hosts Elliott Bambrough and Jessica Rosado join UNLV's EARN-FS team as they discuss free workshops and breastfeeding support in collaboration with the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition.

The Daily Guardian

Jealousy (Irshya in Sanskrit) is an emotion that is also known as envy or covetousness which is common to almost all human beings. It’s often called as “the green-headed monster.” It is not a single emotion but consists of a complex of fear, anger, humiliation, feelings of loss of status, and nervousness.

India Currents

We may never be able to “get over” the loss of a loved one but can learn to live again by keeping positive memories while forgetting the negative ones.

India Currents

Bipolar disorder may be a life-altering condition but it is treatable.

Social and Behavioral Health Experts

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

Recent Social and Behavioral Health Accomplishments

Laurencia Bonsu (Social and Behavioral Health), Priyambda Kumra (Environmental and Occupational Health), Asma Awan (Social and Behavioral Health), and Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) published a manuscript titled, “A Systematic Review of Binge Drinking Interventions and Bias Assessment among College Students and…
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) coauthored an article titled, “An intervention to improve antibiotic prescription behavior in veterinary students: A protocol based on multi-theory model to tackle antimicrobial resistance,” in the journal, Health Science Reports (Impact Factor: 2), with coauthors from Hormozgan…
Manoj Sharma (Social and Behavioral Health; Internal Medicine) has been elected a section councilor in the Integrative, Complementary, and Traditional Health Practices Section of the American Public Health Association for a three-year term. APHA is the largest and oldest professional organization in the field in the nation and Sharma has been…
Timothy Grigsby (Social and Behavioral Health), Andrea Lopez (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), and Ying Guo (Environmental and Occupational Health) published an article on "Development and preliminary validation of the positive consequences of cannabis (PCOC) scale" in the journal Addictive Behaviors. The goal of the study was to develop and test…
Jason Flatt (Social and Behavioral Health) co-authored "Synthesizing Best Practices to Promote Health Equity for Older Adults Through Community-Engaged Research" in the journal, Research in Gerontological Nursing. This review article highlights how community-engaged research can help to promote health equity among older adults, including an…
Manoj Sharma, Christopher Johansen, Sidath Kapukotuwa (all Social and Behavioral Health), Ravi Batra (Environmental and Occupational Health), Chia-Liang Dai (Teaching and Learning), Bertille Assoumou (Surgery) and Kavita Batra (Medicine) published an article titled, “Explaining the Correlates of Eating Outside-of-Home Behavior in a Nationally…