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

Las Vegas Sun
April 19, 2021
UNLV employees have been strained and overextended during the pandemic, but flexibility saved the day, according to a survey conducted earlier this year.
KTNV-TV: ABC 13
March 30, 2021
UNLV President Keith E. Whitfield has sent an email update on in-person work, vaccinations, and summer and fall courses to the staff at the university.
KTNV-TV: ABC 13
March 22, 2021
The UNLV School of Medicine held its first Match Day on Friday.
SFGATE
March 22, 2021
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas is changing course and now plans in-person spring graduation ceremonies in May as the coronavirus outbreak slows.

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