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

AV Technology
The new RebelFlex hybrid classrooms at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) were part of a big, bold plan. Not only a solution during a pandemic, but a new standard has been set in place for UNLV’s classrooms going forward.
The Nevada Independent
Vickie Shields is the provost at Nevada State College, by far the fastest growing higher education institution in Nevada over the last decade. Enrollment more than doubled between 2015 and 2020, surging from around 3,500 students to more than 7,200.
AV Network
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas added another flavor of classrooms to its classroom ecosystem.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
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.

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.