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 whose research focuses 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

K.V.V.U. T.V. Fox 5
The building will have full-time security this fall following a campus shooting.
Las Vegas Sun
UNLV will reopen the classroom complex where an active shooter last December killed three professors and wounded another, officials said today. Beam Hall, which has been closed for repairs since the tragedy, will hold about 160 classes in the fall, Provost Chris Heavey said during a meeting updating university leaders on the campus recovery following the Dec. 6., 2023 shooting.
Inside Higher Ed
Starting this summer, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will administer a survey to faculty, staff and administrators to collect data on existing services and resources on campus that support the university’s mission as a Minority-Serving Institution. The survey is one piece of a larger strategy to promote student success among underrepresented student groups, but it serves as a launching point in identifying future areas of focus and charting engagement and changes over time.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Among the topics addressed: campus safety, mental health resources, the shooting investigation, a future permanent memorial, and the ways the university intends to move forward following the tragedy.

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Campus News | May 1, 2024

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