Heavey has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology, including General Psychology (PSY 101 and HON200A), Introduction to Statistical Methods (PSY210), Research Methods (PSY 240), Personality Psychology (PSY 435), Basic Principles of Psychotherapy (PSY 451), Intervention with Adults (PSY 726), Teaching of Psychology (PSY 757), General Practicum (PSY 767), and Family Therapy Practicum (PSY 794). He has designed or redesigned several courses, such as Psychology of Marriage (PSY 494), History and Foundations of Clinical Psychology (PSY 714), and Marital Therapy Practicum (PSY 767).
While serving as Director of Clinical Training and Interim Chair of the Department of Psychology, he led the development of a successful clinical psychology doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Enrolling approximately 50 students annually, it continues to be one of the most popular doctoral programs at UNLV.
In his role as provost, Heavey oversees a variety of initiatives broadly designed to improve teaching and learning outcomes at UNLV. He is committed to educational equity in the classroom and eliminating the achievement gap for students from underrepresented backgrounds.