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Distinguished alumni credits mentorship at College of Psychology

Bradley Donohue now a professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

Bradley Donohue, Ph.D., chose NSU for his doctoral education in Clinical Psychology because “I wanted to work with faculty member Nate Azrin after being referred to him by my professor at the University of Kansas.

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“Nate became my primary mentor, and I also worked with Vince Van Hasselt and Michel Hersen,” Donohue said. “These three scientists were a blessing for me—providing invaluable training and support throughout graduate school and my professional career. Some of my fondest memories of NSU include long-standing relationships with my mentors.”

After earning his degree at NSU, Donohue completed a psychology internship and post-doctoral fellowship (also at NSU), taught as an adjunct professor, and served as director of NSU’s Youth Center.

Today, this recipient of NSU’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award is a professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Department of Psychology. Having joined UNLV in 1998, he teaches and serves as director of Family Research and Services; an adviser to doctoral students; and the principal investigator in federal, state, and private grants, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Cirque du Soleil.

“The faculty and institutional infrastructure at NSU prepared me for every aspect of my career,” he said. “It’s a great school that has continued to build a strong reputation.”

While pursuing his NSU degree, Donohue gained real-world experience in various positions including weekend shifts at the Retreat Psychiatric Hospital, as a clinician at several counseling programs at Nova University and the University of Miami, and in a clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Donohue is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2016 Faculty Excellence Award at UNLV and the title of honorary faculty representative of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society in 2015.

The College of Psychology recently welcomed Donohue for his presentation on “The Optimum Program in Sports: A New Approach to Assisting Mental Health and Sport Performance in Athletes.”

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