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

Washington Post
When Aubrey Garcia’s daughter was in the third grade, she suddenly stopped attending school.
Las Vegas Sun
When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.
Las Vegas Sun
A 2020 study from UNLV’s Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute on the urban heat island effect found that Las Vegas “ranked as the most intense urban heat island in the United States in both daytime and nighttime metrics between 2004 and 2013.”
Washington Post
Alexas are changing their names because of Amazon’s voice assistant.

Articles Featuring Christopher Kearney

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

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Campus News | December 29, 2021

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Campus News | October 7, 2021

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