Alison Essary serves as Clinical Professor in the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University (ASU). She also serves as co-director of the Applied Health Humanities Alliance (AHA), comprised of faculty at ASU, the Mayo Clinic, Hospice of the Valley, and Worcester College, Oxford University. The mission of AHA is to create actionable solutions for challenges in education, training, and practice for professional caregivers in hospice and palliative care.
Professor Essary teaches undergraduate and graduate-level coursework in leadership and professionalism, historical and contemporary issues in medicine, and the U.S. health care system.
Her research interests center on the provision of accessible, high-quality, patient-centered health care through workforce initiatives. She has successfully submitted proposals for grants, publications, posters, and national presentations. In 2013, she was granted the Breitman-Dorn Fellowship in recognition of her research efforts. Dr. Essary currently serves as PI on the BUILDing SCHOLARS Research Enrichment Core http://buildingscholars.utep.edu/web/. The mission of the program is to enhance diversity in the STEM disciplines.
Dr. Essary serves as a scientific reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and grant review committee member for HRSA. She is currently on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews (JPCRR), and is an invited Board Member for the Arizona Psychology Training Consortium of the Arizona Psychological Association. She has held leadership positions with both the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). She holds a joint appointment with the Northern Arizona University Department of Physician Studies.
Prior to joining ASU, she served as director at Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program in Phoenix.