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

October 5, 2021
Congressman Steven Horsford (D-NV 4th District) announced that his office has secured $8 million for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) to fund various academic initiatives.
October 5, 2021
Congressman Steven Horsford on Monday announced that his office secured $8 million for programs at UNLV.
October 4, 2021
UNLV’s mission to help students bring big ideas to life took a step forward Sept. 29 with the opening of the UNLV Incubator at Hughes Center.
October 4, 2021
The university's 11th president has been on the job for a little more than a year, and much of that time has been spent dealing with the pandemic. That includes fine-tuning in-person education for the fall term.

Articles Featuring Keith E. Whitfield

Campus News | October 7, 2021
A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.
Campus News | September 7, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.
students dance outdoors on UNLV's campus
Campus News | May 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance, recovery, and progress at UNLV.
rendering of Kerkorian Medical Education Building
Campus News | April 16, 2021
School to be known as the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV in recognition of private support from Kerkorian Estate and other private donors.