Keith E. Whitfield

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

Biography

UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield is an experienced university administrator and prolific scholar in the fields of psychology, health, and aging. 

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, he sits on the board of directors for the Coalition of Urban-Serving Universities, 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

Higher Digital
In this episode, Dr. Keith Whitfield – President of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas – describes how UNLV is transforming the communities that surround and define it.
Las Vegas Sun
The Nevada Board of Psychological Examiners lists 1,932 licensed psychologists serving the state’s 3 million residents, which is significantly below the national average of 31 psychologists per every 100,000 residents, according to the American Psychological Association.
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
The commissioner for the Mountain West Conference has announced his resignation, effective at the end of the year.
Las Vegas Sun
Mountain West Conference Commissioner Craig Thompson announced today that he is stepping down effective Dec. 31, after nearly 24 years at the helm of the conference.

Articles Featuring Keith E. Whitfield

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

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

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Decorated student grad cap during Spring 2022 commencement
Campus News | May 14, 2022

More than 3,300 UNLV students, and one legendary film actress, crossed the Thomas & Mack Center stage to become UNLV's newest alumni during Spring 2022 Commencement.