Christopher Kearney

Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology
Expertise: Clinical child psychology, School absenteeism, Anxiety disorders

Biography

Christopher A. Kearney is Distinguished Professor and chair of psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is also the director of the UNLV Child School Refusal and Anxiety Disorders Clinic.

Kearney’s research interests include school refusal behavior, selective mutism, posttraumatic stress disorder in maltreated youth, perfectionism, and other anxiety-related conditions in children and adolescents as well as issues of quality of life in persons with severe handicaps. He has published several books and numerous book chapters and journal articles on these topics. Kearney also conducts workshops for school districts and mental health and other agencies regarding school refusal behavior and selective mutism.

Kearney is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Division 12; Clinical Psychology). He has received the William Morris Award for Scholarship, the Barrick Scholar Award, the Barrick Distinguished Scholar Award, the Harry Reid Silver State Research Award, the Distinguished Teaching Award, the Alumni Association Outstanding Faculty Award, the UNLV Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award, the Academic Advisor Award-Graduate, and a Black Mountain Institute Research Fellow Award from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi.

Kearney received his B.A. in psychology and sociology from the State University of New York at Binghamton and his M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the State University of New York at Albany. He completed his internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center before moving to Las Vegas. 

Education

  • Ph.D. Psychology, State University of New York at Albany
  • MA Psychology, State University of New York at Albany
  • BA Psychology and Sociology, State University of New York at Binghamton

Christopher Kearney In The News

September 24, 2021
As a clinical child psychologist who specializes in school attendance problems, I offer four ways parents can help students adapt to the new school year and improve their attendance.
September 9, 2021
Last summer, Elisabeth, a mom who lives in New York, began noticing that her tween daughter wasn’t getting along with her best friend.
September 8, 2021
Last summer, Elisabeth, a mom who lives in New York, began noticing that her tween daughter wasn’t getting along with her best friend.
May 24, 2021
Many tasks are now done for children, rather than by children. Then COVID-19 landed hard on childhood and play and socialization were largely put on hold.

Articles Featuring Christopher Kearney

Research | September 24, 2021
Psychology professor Chris Kearney says refocusing on basic skills will help get schoolchildren get back on track.
Campus News | June 8, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting celebration, health, and progress at UNLV.
Campus News | September 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
Campus News | April 9, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped the community make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.