Chris L. Heavey

Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
Professor of Psychology
Expertise: Psychology, Higher Education, Undergraduate Education

Biography

Chris L. Heavey is the interim executive vice president and provost at UNLV. In this role, he serves as the university's chief academic officer and works closely with the president in overseeing academic and budgetary policies and priorities for the campus.

Heavey is also a professor of psychology and a licensed psychologist, with a research focus on understanding the inner experience and its relationship to mental health. He is one of the nation’s leading scholars in the thoughts and feelings that make up the consciousness of people as they go about their everyday lives. His work has helped shed light on the experiences of people who suffer from mental illnesses, including depression, bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Additionally, Heavey uses the Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) method to explore the experience of people who share a common feature, such as those suffering from depression, as well as the characteristics and phenomena of normal, unaltered consciousness. Other topics of interest include how inner experience relates to other psychological constructs (e.g., personality, emotional intelligence, etc.), exploring the experience of naturally-occurring emotions, and how methodological variations in procedures used to research inner experience influence findings.

Education

  • Ph. D., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • B.A., Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

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Chris L. Heavey In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
July 10, 2020
UNLV has received a $250,000 federal grant to expand its food pantry and nutrition center.
Las Vegas Sun
June 15, 2020
A normal day on the UNLV campus has students walking class to class, studying in groups at public tables, and waiting in line at the student union for a snack before heading to a packed lecture hall for class.
Pahrump Valley Times
June 5, 2020
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, plans in-person instruction for the fall semester but also will offer more remote course offerings to “reduce population density and minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on our campuses,” Chris Heavey, UNLV’s interim executive vice president and provost wrote in a May 28 letter to students.
El Tiempo
May 29, 2020
UNLV announced Thursday that it is targeting a 50-50 mix of classroom and distance classes for its fall semester.

Articles Featuring Chris L. Heavey

Eight UNLV graduates pose for a photo in their graduation attire.
Campus NewsJune 11, 2020
A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.