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

Sensual: An Erotic Life
“Great,” I thought to myself the other day when I first learned of a new Netflix movie about an open relationship. “Here’s finally a story about people like me.” But it turns out the only thing worse than very rarely seeing the kind of life you live depicted in a movie is to see it grossly misunderstood and judged. Newness turned out to be nothing more than a morality play warning people of how vapid and doomed to failure open relationships are, and presenting the relative boredom (as they depicted it) of monogamy to be worth the price of love.
K.L.A.S. T.V. 8 News Now
UNLV expects the majority of its fall semester will be conducted in-person, according to a letter from university President Dr. Marta Meana.
The Nevada Independent
The Board of Regents approved a proposal for sweeping reductions Friday that would cut between $68 and $124 million from the Nevada System of Higher Education budget amid the most drastic crunch to hit state revenues since the 2008 financial crisis.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Students living in dorms at Nevada universities have been asked to leave and return to their homes and families as part of the closure of all nonessential operations at Nevada System of Higher Education schools, according to an announcement from Chancellor Thom Reilly.

Articles Featuring Marta Meana

Eight UNLV 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.

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Campus News | February 18, 2020

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

UNLV 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.