Housed in the UNLV School of Public Health, the Department of Social and Behavioral Health is made up of faculty who are engaged in research that brings the community to the forefront through the development and evaluation of community-based programs that promote health and prevent disease. Health behavior research, health education, health promotion, health communication, and the study of the social determinants of health and health disparities are essential to this area. Students in social and behavioral health are prepared to take on roles that help identify high-risk behaviors or trends in specific populations and help to develop solutions that aim to improve overall public health in these communities.

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Submissions from 2022

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COVID-19 Booster Vaccination Hesitancy in the United States: A Multi-Theory-Model (MTM) Based National Assessment, Kavita Batra, Manoj Sharma, Chia-Liang Dai, and Jagdish Khubchandani

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Prevalence and Predictors of Burnout Syndrome among Italian Psychologists following the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Cross-sectional Study, Pietro Crescenzo, Francesco Chirico, Giuseppe Ferrari, Lukasz Szarpak, Gabriella Nucera, Raffaella Marciano, Livio Tarchi, Diego Denicolo, Assunta Maiorino, Kavita Batra, and Manoj Sharma

Recommendations for Advancing Research With Sexual and Gender Minority Older Adults, Jason D. Flatt, Ethan C. Cicero, Krystal R. Kittle, and Mark Brennan-Ing

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Perceived Discrimination, Coping Styles, and Internalizing Symptoms Among a Community Sample of Hispanic and Somali Adolescents, Myriam Forster, Timothy Grigsby, Christopher Rogers, Jennifer Unger, Stephanie Alvarado, Bethany Rainisch, and Eunice Areba

Informal Supports, Housing Insecurity, and Adolescent Outcomes: Implications for Promoting Resilience, Katherine E. Marçal and Kathryn Maguire-Jack

Combined Alcohol Use and Weight Status Effects on Mortality Risk Among Adults: Analysis of the National Health Interview Survey Linked Mortality Files, 2001–2015, Muntasir Masum, Jeffrey T. Howard, and Timothy J. Grigsby

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Building H.O.U.S.E (Healthy Outcomes Using a Supportive Environment): Exploring the Role of Affordable and Inclusive Housing for LGBTQIA+ Older Adults, Amy Rosenwohl‐mack, Darin Smith, Meredith Greene, Karyn Skultety, Madeline Deutsch, Leslie Dubbin, and Jason D. Flatt

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Assessing the Testability of the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) in Predicting Vaping Quitting Behavior among Young Adults in the United States: A Cross-Sectional Survey, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, Ravi Batra, Chia-Liang Dai, Traci Hayes, Melinda J. Ickes, and Tejinder Pal Singh

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Predicting Flossing through the Application of the Multi-Theory Model (MTM) of Health Behavior Change among Minority Adolescents in the United States, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, Ching-Chen Chen, Chia-Liang Dai, Ravi Batra, and David Cappelli

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Explaining Correlates of Cervical Cancer Screening among Minority Women in the United States, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, Christopher Johansen, and Siddharth Raich

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A Multi-theory Model Based Analysis of Correlates for Initiating and Sustaining Mammography Screening Behavior Among Hispanic American Women in the United States, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, Amanda H. Wilkerson, Francesco Chirico, and Siddharth Raich

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Introspective Meditation before Seeking Pleasurable Activities as a Stress Reduction Tool among College Students: A Multi-Theory Model-Based Pilot Study, Manoj Sharma, Amar Kanekar, Kavita Batra, Traci Hayes, and Ram Lakhan

Submissions from 2021

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Independent and Combined Associations Between Multiple Lifestyle Behaviours and Academic Grades of Inner Urban and Peri-Urban High School Students: A Cross-Sectional Study in Chongqing, China, Zhengjie Cai, Jinli Xian, Camila Araujo, Ziwei Zhang, Hongyu Zhou, Huan Peng, Manoj Sharma, and Yong Zhao

Assessing Determinants of COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy in Nevada, Courtney Coughenour, Maxim Gakh, Manoj Sharma, Brian Labus, and Lung-Chang Chien

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Subjective Cognitive Decline Higher Among Sexual and Gender Minorities in the United States, 2015–2018, Jason D. Flatt, Ethan C. Cicero, Nickolas H. Lambrou, Whitney Wharton, Joel G. Anderson, Erin D. Bouldin, Lisa C. McGuire, and Christopher A. Taylor

Feasibility of the Savvy Caregiver Program for Care Providers of LGBTQ Adults Living With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias, Jason D. Flatt, Kiera Pollock, Rebecca Lee, Yeonsu Song, Whitney Wharton, and Joel G. Anderson

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Applying the Integrated Marketing Communication Approach to Recruit and Retain African American Women, Traci Hayes and Manoj Sharma

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The Role of Vitamin E in Slowing Down Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Narrative Review, Ram Lakhan, Manoj Sharma, Kavita Batra, and Frazier B. Beatty

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Correlates of COVID-19 Pandemic on Anxiety Among Adults in Appalachia, USA, Ram Lakhan, Louisa Summers, David Tataw, Peter Hackbert, and Manoj Sharma

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Population-Based Approaches for Monitoring the Nurturing Care Environment for Early Childhood Development: A Scoping Review, Jéssica Pedroso, Stefanie Eugênia dos Anjos Coelho Kubo, Priscila Olin Silva, Gabriel Ferreira de Castro, Juliana Lopes Pimentel, Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, Muriel Bauermann Gubert, and Gabriela Buccini

Domains Matter: A Prospective Investigation of Traditional Feminine Gender Roles and Alcohol Use Among Latinas, Jessica K. Perrotte, Brandy Piña-Watson, Michael R. Baumann, Rebecca Weston, Sandra B. Morissette, Suzy B. Gulliver, Timothy J. Grigsby, and Raymond T. Garza

Substance Use Among College Students During COVID-19 Times: A Negative Coping Mechanism of Escapism, Manoj Sharma and Kavita Batra

Syndemic of Opioid Crisis and COVID-19 Pandemic: A Call to Invest in Solutions, Manoj Sharma and Kavita Batra

Measuring Sex and Gender in U.S. Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (Adrd) Research, Shana D. Stites, Han Cao, Richard James, Kristin Harkins, and Jason D. Flatt

Effect of the Fourth Generation Multi-Theory Model Intervention on the Quality of Life in Iranian Postmenopausal Women: A Randomized Controlled Trial, Nooshin Yoshany, Mohammad Ali Morowatisharifabad, Narjes Bahri, Sara Jambarsang, Manoj Sharma, and Fahad Hanna