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

El Tiempo
May 4, 2020
Students of the 2020 generation thought they would spend the spring like the older ones before them.
Mashable
April 1, 2020
A few weeks ago (or maybe it was days — time means nothing to me anymore), a push notification on my phone alerted me that my friend had tagged me in her Instagram story.
Your Teen Magazine
March 24, 2020
Somewhere on the way to turning 15, my oldest son stopped being my shadow. Instead of clinging to my legs to go with me to the store, he now barely waves goodbye as I set off without him. On a typical school day, there’s barely time to get in a “How was your day?” He’s in the door, into the kitchen to grab a snack, and off to the dungeon—I mean bedroom.
Las Vegas Sun
March 21, 2020
Streaming services and online conference call companies aren’t the only ones profiting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Articles Featuring Christopher Kearney

Campus NewsApril 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.
ResearchNovember 1, 2008
The Harry Reid Silver State Research Award honors UNLV’s most respected faculty scholars, whose work exemplifies the best in Nevada research.
Chris Kearney
ResearchNovember 1, 2006
Christopher Kearney’s new book delves into the psychological causes and treatments of social anxiety in children.