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 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.

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
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.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Nearly two weeks after a gunman killed three faculty members and seriously injured a fourth on campus, thousands of UNLV graduates are celebrating earning their degrees.
Las Vegas Sun
Once in the arena, the day’s celebratory feel was bolstered by the screams of joy from students and supporters in the packed stands. Two weeks ago, the campus had a different feel.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
Another semester wraps up at UNLV and that means graduation for hundreds of students.

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.