Marta Meana

Professor, Department of Psychology
Former Acting President, UNLV
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 through August 2020.

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

Irish Examiner
Being asked to deliver any kind of sexual narrative when it does not come naturally can feel awkward
Las Vegas Review Journal
Nevada is currently leading the nation in job growth and experiencing an uptick in college-educated workers moving to Clark County in particular.
Las Vegas Sun
Mae Ling Catayong was still a teenager when she realized that resources some may take for granted are not easily available to all. Her hard-of-hearing mother’s hearing aids broke, and as an immigrant who was never taught sign language in school, Catayong’s mother couldn’t communicate with her family. They couldn’t afford replacements, so the family resorted to typing out their conversations on her smartphone.
The Nevada Independent
The two proposed real estate developments envisioned by the bill are the “Summerlin Production Studios Project” — where the Howard Hughes Corp. is expected to lead development in partnership with Sony — and the “Las Vegas Media Campus Project” developed by Birtcher Development at the Harry Reid Research and Technology Park on UNLV’s campus. No studio partner has come along at this point for the UNLV site.

Articles Featuring Marta Meana

Eight U.N.L.V. graduates pose for a photo in their graduation attire.
Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

Students work computers at Black Fire Innovation
Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

U.N.L.V. President Marta Meana at podium
Campus News | October 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.