Chris L. Heavey

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

Biography

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.

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

September 30, 2021
Nevada’s higher education system on Thursday approved a policy requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for employees.
September 16, 2021
The future of teaching has shifted to the online platform following the global lockdown that started early last year, with most lectures and classes being held remotely.
September 3, 2021
Colleges are taking different approaches in terms of how they’re using online learning in the second fall with COVID.
August 19, 2021
Southern Nevada colleges and universities are switching more in-person classes to a distance format for the fall semester amid high COVID-19 measurements, frustrating some students who counted on an almost full return to campus.

Articles Featuring Chris L. Heavey

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Campus News | March 29, 2021
U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of top graduate and professional schools ranks 26 UNLV programs within nation’s top 100.
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Campus News | February 24, 2021
The administration encourages people experiencing loss to tap into these campus resources for support.
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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.
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Campus News | November 18, 2020
Brainstorming forum generates hundreds of ideas for weathering the economic downturn.