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

KTNV-TV: ABC 13
August 14, 2019
While anyone's anxiety could spike over so much trauma in just a week, Professor Christopher Kearney of UNLV says it's necessary to discuss tragedies like the ones that happened in Texas, California, and Ohio with your kids.
Texarkana Gazette
July 29, 2019
On the list of top 10 complaints parents have to listen to, "I don't want to go to school today" probably ranks right up there with "He's bugging me" and "I just want to text my friends!"
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2019
On the list of top 10 complaints parents have to listen to, “I don’t want to go to school today” probably ranks right up there with “He’s bugging me” and “I just want to text my friends!”
ABA Inside Track
January 24, 2019
Treating chronic absenteeism and school-refusal behavior is a growing need in many parts of the world. Heck, we even did a whole episode on it! Luckily, we have dedicated psychologists like Dr. Christopher Kearney working to meet these challenges through research and writings for professionals and for parents. Dr. Kearney joins Rob on the show this week to talk about his original research in developing the School-Refusal Assessment Scale and to troubleshoot some tough school-refusal scenarios.

Articles Featuring Christopher Kearney

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.