Keith E. Whitfield

President, UNLV
Expertise: Higher Education, Psychology of Cognition and Healthy Aging, Stress and Aging among African Americans, Health Disparities Research

Biography

Keith E. Whitfield is a seasoned university administrator and prolific scholar in the fields of psychology, health, and aging. He became UNLV’s 11th president on Aug. 24, 2020.   

A psychologist and expert on the social, psychological, and cultural factors of cognition and healthy aging, Whitfield’s current research focuses on the relationship between stress and longevity in African American families. Whitfield has authored or co-authored over 200 publications and has earned nearly $20 million in funding from agencies including the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging (NIA), and the National Science Foundation. He’s a member of the NIA’s National Advisory Council on Aging, and he has served on committees for the National Academies of Sciences and Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.  

Whitfield previously served as provost, senior vice president of academic affairs, and professor of psychology at Wayne State University in Michigan. Prior to Wayne State, he was vice provost for academic affairs at Duke University and held appointments as a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, a research professor in the Department of Geriatric Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and a senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development. He also was the co-director of the Center on Biobehavioral Health Disparities Research. 

Education

  • Post Doc, University of Colorado-Boulder Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Quantitative Genetics
  • Ph.D. in Life Span Development, Texas Tech University
  • M.A. in Psychology, Texas Tech University
  • B.A. in Psychology, College of Santa Fe

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Keith E. Whitfield In The News

KNPR News
September 21, 2020
Keith Whitfield took over as UNLV’s new president August 24.
Las Vegas Sun
September 21, 2020
Keith Whitfield is one month into his tenure as the president of UNLV. The warm welcome from the Las Vegas community has made quite an initial impression.
Las Vegas Review Journal
September 19, 2020
New UNLV President Keith Whitfield described his first month on the job as “drinking from a fire hose.”
KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
September 18, 2020
UNLV’s new president Dr. Keith Whitfield is nearly a month into his new position as the university’s 5th president in the past 10 years and there are plenty of issues to tackle.

Articles Featuring Keith E. Whitfield

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Campus NewsOctober 9, 2020
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