Marta Meana

UNLV President
Professor, Department of Psychology
Former Dean, UNLV Honors College
Expertise: Women's Health & Human Sexuality, Higher Education Leadership


Marta Meana is a licensed clinical psychologist whose groundbreaking research has reshaped clinical approaches to the field of women's health and human sexuality. She has published two books and close to 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Her expertise has been sought by media nationwide, including the New York Times and The Oprah Winfrey Show. 

Meana is also a respected administrator, teacher, advisor, and mentor. A professor of psychology at UNLV since 1997, Meana was named dean of UNLV’s Honors College in 2012 and previously served as senior advisor to the university president. She was appointed acting president of UNLV, effective July 1, 2018.

Meana has earned multiple university, state and national awards during her career, including the Masters and Johnson Lifetime Achievement Award for work in her field. 


  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (Women’s Health), University of Toronto
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, McGill University
  • M.A. in English Literature, McGill University
  • B.A. in English Literature and Psychology, McGill University

Marta Meana In The News

Las Vegas Sun
October 17, 2019
Acting President Marta Meana gives a state of the university address at UNLV, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.
The Nevada Independent
October 17, 2019
Just days after a threatening message was found scrawled on the stall of a UNLV bathroom, acting UNLV President Marta Meana defended the role of universities as a bastion of free speech, telling a crowd during her annual State of the University address Wednesday that “openness is a threat to those who would want to shrink our world.”
Las Vegas Sun
October 17, 2019
Acting President Marta Meana gives a state of the university address at UNLV, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.
Associated Press
October 15, 2019
Some University of Nevada, Las Vegas teachers say they will cancel classes Wednesday after the discovery of a note threatening the school, blacks and Bernie Sanders supporters.

Articles Featuring Marta Meana

UNLV President Marta Meana at podium
Campus NewsOctober 17, 2019
In her second annual address, President Marta Meana stressed the importance of student access and success, and she called on faculty and staff to continue expanding research, creative and scholarly activity that serves the community and world.
Campus NewsJune 26, 2019
A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
UNLV student in cap and gown waves to crowd during commencement
Campus NewsMay 20, 2019
More than 3,000 newly minted UNLV Grads cross the Thomas & Mack Center stage during Spring 2019 Commencement.
Chuck Todd, host of NBC's Meet the Press, moderates a discussion at the Bellagio in Las Vegas between former U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
Business and CommunityApril 25, 2019
Inaugural symposium highlights need for collaboration across academia, business, and government to secure a prosperous American workforce.