Chris L. Heavey, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Vice President and Provost
Dr. Chris Heavey is the interim executive vice president and provost.
The interim executive vice president and provost serves as the university’s chief academic officer and works closely with the president in overseeing academic and budgetary policies and priorities for the campus.
Dr. Heavey is a professor of psychology and a licensed psychologist. He has been at UNLV for more than 20 years, during which time he has been recognized for his award-winning work. His research focuses on understanding the inner experience and its relationship to mental health.
Dr. Heavey also has held several leadership and administrative positions during his career at UNLV, including Senior Vice Provost, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Director of General Education, Associate Dean, Dean, and President of the Nevada State Board of Psychology.
He received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Heavey researches inner experience — the thoughts, feelings, sensations and other experiences that populate awareness. He uses the Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES) method to explore the experience of people who share a common feature, such as those suffering from depression, as well as the characteristics and phenomena of normal, unaltered consciousness. Descriptive Experience Sampling involves asking subjects to pay attention to their ongoing inner experience at randomly chosen moments as they go about their day-to-day activities. Subjects subsequently describe these moments of experience during an interview. Written descriptions of these moments of experience then are combined to develop a profile of an individual or a group of individuals. Other topics of interest include how inner experience relates to other psychological constructs (e.g., personality, emotional intelligence, etc.), exploring the experience of naturally-occurring emotions, and how methodological variations in procedures used to research inner experience influence findings. Dr. Heavey earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1991.