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Genevieve Debernardis

Teaching Associate Professor & Academic Advisor


Genevieve M. DeBernardis received her first exposure to behavior analysis working as a research assistant for Dr. Scott S. Hall at the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. After receiving both her Bachelor of Science in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art from Montana State University, Bozeman, she joined the Doctoral Program in Behavior Analysis at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), under the supervision of Dr. Linda J. Parrott Hayes where she completed both her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology.

Her scholarly interests stem from parallel lines of research: one from understanding how prediction of another's behavior occurs, and the other from investigating key societal issues. Dr. DeBernardis has taught numerous courses, presented at various conferences and has received a number of awards for her work, including the 2013 Russell J. and Dorothy S. Bilinski Fellowship, and the 2011 Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Fellowship from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis.

In alignment with her interests in academia, curriculum development, and the mentorship of undergraduates, Dr. DeBernardis is a Lecturer and oversees the undergraduate curriculum and academic advising in the Psychology Department at UNR. In addition, she currently serves as the President of the Nevada Association for Behavior Analysis.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2014
  • M.A., Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2009
  • B.S., Cell Biology and Neuroscience, Montana State University, Bozeman, 2005
  • B.F.A., Art, Montana State University, Bozeman, 2005

Courses Offered 

  • PSY 101 - Introductory Psychology
  • PSY 103 - Introduction to Psychology as a Natural Science
  • PSY 233 - Child Psychology
  • PSY 375 - Advanced Undergraduate Research
  • PSY 472 - Experimental Analysis of Behavior
  • PSY 480 - Motivation and Emotion

Research Interests

  • Basic human research in prediction (e.g., mind-reading, perspective-taking) and its applications
  • Societal issues (e.g., child trafficking, eco-conscious change, social values)
  • Interbehaviorism and Interbehavioral Psychology