Portrait of Saira Rab

Saira Rab, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor-in-Residence

CHB-B 312
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Dr. Saira Rab is an assistant professor-in-residence within the Department of Psychology and has conducted research studies on technology use with diverse college student populations, international students, and pre-service teachers. Dr. Rab obtained her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from University of Houston (UH) in 2016 and gained teaching experience within the realm of Psychology and Human Development and Family Sciences courses in the College of Education at UH, Houston Community College, and Lone Star Community College. After a few years of teaching countless psychology courses with undergraduate students, Dr. Rab is now teaching courses such as research methods (PSY 240), psychology of learning (PSY 420) and COLA 100 courses which emphasize her specialty of individual differences, self-efficacy, and self-regulation of college students. Dr. Rab was part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholar program at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she was an undergraduate psychology research assistant of the George Marsh Applied Cognition lab, and was able to publish articles around topics such as social media and psychiatric disorders, 3-D learning and social presence. Now as a teaching faculty, Dr. Rab is open to mentoring undergraduate and graduate student research, as well as serving as a faculty advisor and committee member at UNLV.

Dr. Rab is a first-generation, minority faculty with experience in multicultural and multimethodology research, and pedagogy with service learning course experience. Dr. Rab does have an interest in conducting further studies on technology and psychology with an emphasis on how technology (specifically social media) affects post-secondary students. Dr. Rab has a Certificate in Effective College Education from the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and Certificate of University teaching, and has won the UH Teaching Excellence Award for Group Teaching. Additionally, her professional goals include supporting at-risk students to achieve higher education and to support student success throughout their academic journey at UNLV. Dr. Rab is a member of various organizations such as AERA, APA, APS, NCFR and more.