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The Department of Psychology provides a wide range of psychological services to our campus community and beyond.

Recent news from the Department of Psychology

Students hold a banner that reads, "Nevada has Pack PRIDE!" at the annual Pride parade in downtown Reno. Many people are dressed in rainbow UNR t-shirts.
How can people who are part of the LGBTQ+ community boost their resilience?

Those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community can use several techniques to boost their resilience in the face of discrimination

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Psychology professor’s illusion in top ten for Best Illusion Contest

Vote for the illusion Gideon Caplovitz created with his two daughters by May 27

"I think the deep message of our work is that every voice matters."

Cultural evolution and its applications explored in new PNAS publication

Foundation Professor of Psychology Steven C. Hayes collaborates on new research highlighting the value of prosocial behavior at the individual and group level

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Researchers work to identify new diagnostic tools for schizophrenia

All-female team of psychology researchers studying how low-cost biomarkers can be used in diagnostics

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The link between memory and motor systems

Researchers attempt to better understand our mental landscape and actions we take to interact with it

A representative of Siemens and the University's neuroscience imaging director confer as an fMRI is conducted.
A major milestone in neuroscience research and teaching excellence

$5.3 million, NIH COBRE ‘Phase 3’ award will further advance the mission and impact of the University’s Center for Integrative Neuroscience

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Recommended Fall Reads: A well-researched book list

The books featured here were written or edited by faculty, alumni or students in the College of Science

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Celebrating the 2022 College of Science Distinguished Alumni

Among the awardees are Las Vegas’s city planner, a globe-trotting fish biologist, a psychologist providing culturally sensitive services and more

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University Libraries to host VR|AR Meet-Up Friday, Oct. 21, 3 p.m.

The Meet-Up is a convening of faculty, students, tech-lovers from eight different University departments presenting on research involving VR and/or AR technology

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Pinocchio illusion inspires research into effects of aging

Wilson Award winner Amy Morris tackles questions related to proprioception

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Celebrating award-winning students in the College of Science

This year, seven students won awards from the Board of Regents or the University.

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Linda Hayes recognized with Distinguished Faculty Award

The psychology professor, who has worked at the University for 32 years, received the award in her final year before retirement.

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Professor Steven Hayes receives 2022 NSHE Career Distinguished Researcher Award

Internationally renowned for development of ACT, evidenced based form of psychotherapy

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New program aims to improve access to support for children with autism in Kenya

The course will be available to University students this fall

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NIH grant-funded research to look at how the brain processes visual stimuli

Researcher Jennifer Hoy hopes to better understand how the brain identifies stimuli as positive or negative, and the behaviors that follow.

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Spectrum Learning Center opens on campus to serve community

The center opened early last month to provide services for young children with learning disabilities.

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Proporcionando asistencia culturalmente sensible y basada en evidencia científica a la comunidad Latina

La Profesora Asociada Lorraine Benuto capacita a los estudiantes para brindar servicios psicológicos en español

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Providing culturally sensitive, evidence-based care to the Latinx community

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Lorraine Benuto trains students to deliver psychological services in Spanish

(Left) Headshot of Jena Casas. Top-right: wildland firefighters trudge through challenging terrain in Desolation Wilderness while working on the Caldor Fire. Bottom-right: A hand-made sign for the firefighters on the Caldor Fire reads "Thank you firefighters. You kick ash!".
How can I support wildland firefighters?

From handwritten letters to donating hot meals, postdoctoral fellow and clinical psychology Ph.D. Jena Casas offers advice on how you can support wildland firefighters this challenging fire season.

Psychology professors Trixie and Allen Gardner with Washoe the chimp
Groundbreaking researcher Gardner dies at age 91

Psychology professor Allen Gardner and his wife Trixie earned worldwide acclaim teaching Washoe the chimpanzee American Sign Language

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Journal of Neuroscience cover story features University neuroscience research

Assistant Professor Simon Pieraut’s paper was featured in the May 26 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience

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Lorraine Benuto missioned around providing culturally sensitive evidence based care to the Latinx community and other underserved populations

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology Lorraine Benuto receives this year's Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Leadership Award

Student Jayde Powell builds on a family legacy of community service and engagement

College of Science student receives the Sam Lieberman Regents' Award for Student Scholarship

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Jena Casas' evolving research focuses on filling the need for behavioral health services in Nevada

Doctoral student in clinical psychology receives the Sam Lieberman Regents' Award for Student Scholarship

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Calibrating Vision, a Discover Science at Home lecture

Foundation Professor and Director of the University’s Center for Integrative Neuroscience Michael Webster discusses the complex adaptations of our visual senses in his March 11 Discover Science virtual lecture.

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Nevada ENDURE seeks to improve diversity in neuroscience

New program aims to raise interest and opportunities in neuroscience research for individuals who are typically underrepresented in the field.

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Taissa Lytchenko receives international neuroscience society award

Graduate student recognized for Cognitive Brain Sciences outreach and education for community

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The Early Childhood Autism Program leaves a legacy of changed lives

The Department of Psychology's Early Childhood Autism Program has served patients, families, students and program founder Patrick Ghezzi.

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Health care alumni share stories from the front lines

From why they entered the field to what a "regular" shift looks like, these alumni open up about their lives during the pandemic

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) awarded to five College of Science students and one recent graduate

Faculty share congratulations with NSF GRFP recipients and students offer advice for others interested in applying.

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How do I stop touching my face?

Leading researcher and psychologist Professor Steven Hayes reveals a scientifically proven trick for dramatically reducing how often you touch your face

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First-person video dataset aims to catch people looking (at everything)

Three universities collaborating to develop visual archive to be used for research, artificial intelligence development

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Psychology Department professor and team enter the Best Illusion of the Year contest

Voting is open for University Professors Gideon Paul Caplovitz and Jean-Paul Perrotte's illusion entry: the Rotating Circles.

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Partnership yields new technology for neuroscience research, patient care

Renown Health and the University bring the latest in advanced brain imaging – the ‘gold standard’ for research – to Northern Nevada

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Two University students receive 2019 Regents’ Scholar Awards

The College of Liberal Arts is fortunate to have an undergraduate and graduate student as Regents’ Scholar recipients

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$11 million grant advances research at the forefront of cardiovascular disease

Biggest Little Research: Significant NIH Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence support builds on molecular and cellular expertise to address the leading cause of death

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Institute for Neuroscience to help a multidisciplinary center of excellence become even stronger

James Kenyon named director of University of Nevada, Reno institute designed to complement and extend the energy, experience and potential in the neurosciences

Steven C. Hayes
Foundation Professor of Psychology elected AAAS Fellow

University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor Steven C. Hayes named an American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, a coveted recognition among top scientists

Associate Professor Gideon Caplovitz with members of The Caplovitz Vision Lab
Decoding the mind of an octopus

University’s Gideon Caplovitz and a team of researchers set out to learn about the cognitive processes of the octopus with applications to humans and AI with award of new NSF funds

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Global community of vision scientists convenes at the University of Nevada, Reno

OSA Vision Meeting presents the latest scientific and clinical advances in understanding human vision; the meeting includes two pre-conference lectures open to campus community

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Evidence shows electric stimulation improves low working memory

University of Nevada, Reno-led research shows promise for potential new application of transcranial direct-current stimulation in older adults

Jamie Palmer, James Albrecht, Guadalupe Escobar, Aaron Hill, Nasia Anam, Tyler Brownlow-Calkin
New Colleagues Join the College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts hires 26 new faculty members for the fall semester

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Virtual reality will soon be able to go underwater

Assistant Professor of Psychology is developing an underwater VR headset as part of grant for NASA

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Exploring how to make virtual reality more accessible to women

VR sickness to be studied by University of Nevada, Reno team

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Center for Advanced Studies advocates for researchers

Past University research honorees offer faculty community a voice on campus and beyond

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Chalifoux, Snow named 2018 Regents’ Rising Researchers

Recognized for early successes and discoveries in research fields of chemistry, psychology

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Cybersecurity Center works to protect Nevada industry, individuals from cyber threats

University uses interdisciplinary, holistic approach to finding solutions

Student Jolene Norton holds up her report titled "Reno Local Food Assessment."
Developing regional solutions through undergraduate research (May 2018)

Through Community-Based Research, students explore problems and offer understanding, tools and ideas to make a difference

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Underwater virtual reality research: Creating astronaut training simulation

Paul MacNeilage and Eelke Folmer working together to bring a virtual space walk to the University of Nevada, Reno pool

Jacqueline Snow and Michael Gomez
Study finds graspable objects grab attention more than images of objects do

Findings challenge notion that images are appropriate substitute for real objects

Fang Jiang studies fMRI technology images
Lightning Talks provide early-career faculty members opportunity to network, collaborate

Presentations represented a variety of disciplines, including sustainable plant production and street art in virtual reality

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Foundation Professor Steve Hayes often asked for psychological expertise

WalletHub and Medical News Today are two recent publications highlighting psychology knowledge

University of Nevada, Reno students and campus in the fall
Psychology research to help those suffering from severe motion sickness

University assistant professor Paul MacNeilage gets published in Current Biology

Integrative Neuroscience research shows person with HD EEG technology on head
University awarded $10.6 million from NIH to continue neuroscience research

Second phase of funding will expand support for junior faculty and research facilities

Students immerse themselves in virtual reality at @Reality studio inside the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center
@Reality, a virtual reality + augmented reality studio, to open at Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center

@Reality will provide the University community with a dedicated space, equipment, software and expertise to properly support experimentation, exploration of virtual reality and augmented reality mediums

Collage includes artist's rendering of the Switch facility located east of Reno, known as The Citadel Campus, plus a laboratory work space and computer circuit board.
Major, new high-performance computing cluster to advance research and industry

Technology leader Switch provides critical data-ecosystem infrastructure to power Pronghorn, the University's new cluster, and the regional economy

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University doctoral candidate researches secret behind a happy relationship

Social psychology doctoral candidate Randal Brown finds that positive sexual communication can lead to a happy relationship

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Grabbing ahold of greatness: University senior reflects on academic career

Samantha Kutner delves into her story of achieving greatness during her academic career at the University of Nevada, Reno

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Are behavioral and mental health problems getting worse?

Foundation Professor of Psychology Steven Hayes explains the increase of mental and behavioral issues in the modern world

Psychology EPSCoR Faculty Awardees
NSF awards $2.2 million to advance brain research

Neuroscience researchers have integral role in two multi-institution programs exploring fundamental questions around attention, cognition, learning

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University philosophy professor and research partner receive three-year grant

Benjamin Young and Ran Hassin awarded grant to research non-conscious human behavior from The John Templeton Foundation

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Best Illusion of the Year Contest awards the University first place

The 2016 Best Illusion of the Year is awarded to assistant professor of psychology, Gideon Caplovitz, and graduate student, Matthew Harrison

Expanding the frontier of neuroscience

University shows multi-disciplinary strength in rapidly expanding research field

University’s Victims of Crime Treatment Center expands services

Additional funding from State of Nevada allows Center to serve victims of physical abuse

University researchers’ illusion selected as Top 10 finalist

Worldwide voting for the 2015 Best Illusion of the Year to be held June 11 to June 12

Grad schools, programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 23 graduate program rankings

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Top 10 stories of 2014

2014: Earthquake Engineering's cool building, a student's triumph and renowned Shakespeare expertise

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University of Nevada, Reno and Renown Health announce partnership for brain fMRI research

New functional MRI technology studies human brain function, aims to understand how the brain works

University hosts groundbreaking neuroscience researcher Karl Deisseroth

Deisseroth will speak about the incredible new ways he has developed to study the brain in a free lecture at 7 p.m., Oct. 23

University’s psychology researchers awarded 2014 best illusion of the year

University tops the international competition with the Dynamic Ebbinghaus illusion

Gardner, Smith are April's Classified Employees of the Month

Both honorees are cited for ability to bring positive attitude, performance excellence to workplace

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Grad programs ranked among the nation’s best

University of Nevada, Reno earns four graduate school, 24 graduate program rankings

Grant allows University to create externship position with HOPES

University highlights psychology graduates’ work at HOPES clinic during National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day March 10

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University's 'Brain Awareness Week' features multitude of activities, March 11-13

Address by world's leading neuroscientist headlines a series of student- and campus-oriented events

University alumna receives President’s Early Career Award

Katherine Iverson recognized for her work researching women’s health and traumatic stress

Professor recognized for work with dialectical behavior therapy

Alan Fruzzetti receives the International Society for Dialectical Behavior Therapy's Outstanding Researcher Award

Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award given to University graduate

Joaquin Borrego is first to receive award for Excellence in Research in Latino/a Psychology

Coping with distress after a tragic event

Honors student receives 2013 National Collegiate Honors Council award

Named a Portz Scholar, Lianne Barnes is one of only three to be recognized in the nation

Gideon Caplovitz lands top 10 finish in 2013 Best Illusion of the Year Contest

International contest attracts best vision scientists in the world for the ninth year

Psychology students receive recognition and support from national associations

Department’s doctoral programs offer students a wide variety of areas of study

Neuroscience research gets big boost – almost $10 million

Grant for a new interdisciplinary center builds infrastructure and supports five rising stars at University

Robert Trivers to speak on deceit, self-deception as part of Discover Science Lecture Series

Renowned evolutionary biologist to make appearance Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

University Psychology Department reaches out to abused women

Free Intimate Partner Abuse Group Therapy Program offers new, alternative treatment

Wild West Shootout to support University’s Early Childhood Autism Program

Annual high school basketball tournament starts Dec. 14; supports internationally recognized University program

Linda Hayes wins 2011 Global Engagement Award

Psychology professor receives inaugural award for her contribution to global education

Public invited to Dan Ariely presentation, “Predictably Irrational”

New York Times bestselling author discusses how to understand our irrational tendencies and how people act in the marketplace

McReynolds, esteemed psychology professor, passes away

Nevada professor studies structural basis for autism disorders

Nevada's Victims of Crime Treatment Center expands services

Brightest young minds attend summer institute

Research Team Wins Slifka Foundation Award for Autism Research

Budget stress threatens teachers’ health, University offers help

Early Childhood Autism Program gets help from local foundation

Hayes to present at ‘largest gathering ever’ for psychotherapy

2008 Balloon Race scholarship winners named

University psychologists share top award

Three faculty named as 2008 Foundation Professors