Chris L. Heavey

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


Chris L. Heavey is the 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.


  • 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

January 13, 2022
While the numbers of people infected by the new variant of the virus increase, university students prepare for the start of a new two-month period in person.
January 13, 2022
As the number of omicron cases increases in Nevada, college students are preparing to return to class next week for a new semester.
Sparks Tribune
December 27, 2021
Despite more than a year and a half of fiscal and academic chaos spurred by the pandemic, two Nevada universities are set to maintain their status as Carnegie “R1” research universities under a preliminary classification announced late Wednesday.
December 23, 2021
Nevada public universities allow students who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enroll in spring classes after a state legislative board refused to make an emergency mandate permanent.

Articles Featuring Chris L. Heavey

medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.