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Brenna Renn, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Brenna Renn is a clinical geropsychologist who specializes in behavioral interventions for older adults, particularly in the context of depression, chronic disease, health promotion, and in integrated primary care behavioral health. Her research aims to improve access to care by 1) improving reach of evidence-based psychological treatments, such as through integrated primary care and digital platforms; 2) improving the usability of behavioral interventions so they are acceptable for the traditionally underserved (i.e., low-income, rural-dwelling, older adults, and/or ethnic/racial minority populations); and 3) novel strategies for improving the capacity of the behavioral health workforce. She is also broadly interested in training the next generation of geropsychologists and other mental health care providers, particularly in interdisciplinary team and integrated care settings.

Dr. Renn joined the faculty at UNLV in 2020 after two years on the faculty at the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she also completed a two-year NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in Geriatric Mental Health Services Research (2016-2018). She earned her PhD (2016) in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with an emphasis in geropsychology and completed an internship specializing in geriatric mental health and health psychology at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She is active in the Society of Clinical Geropsychology (APA Division 12/II) and is an early career Associate Editorial Board Member of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. She remains a part-time faculty affiliate of the University of Washington Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.