Brenna Renn is a clinical geropsychologist who specializes in behavioral interventions for older adults, particularly in the context of depression, chronic disease, health promotion, and in integrated primary care behavioral health. Dr. Renn is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She also holds an affiliate faculty position as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington, where she maintains active collaborations.
Her research aims to improve access to care by:
1) improving reach of evidence-based psychological treatments, such as through integrated primary care and digital platforms;
2) improving the usability of behavioral interventions so they are acceptable for the traditionally underserved (i.e., low-income, rural-dwelling, older adults, and/or ethnic/racial minority populations); and
3) developing novel strategies for improving the capacity of the behavioral health workforce.
Her clinical practice centers on mental health issues in older adulthood, health promotion, and behavioral strategies for chronic disease management. She is also broadly interested in training the next generation of geropsychologists and other mental health care providers, particularly in interdisciplinary team and integrated care settings.
In her free time, Dr. Renn enjoys hiking, embarking on home improvement projects, cooking, reading, and relaxing or exploring with family. In healthier, non-pandemic times, she enjoys travel, attending gym classes, browsing bookstores, and indulging her love of food and drink. One of her favorite places in the world is the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii (on the island where she grew up).