Alison Essary serves as Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives for the College of Health Solutions, and Interim Director and Clinical Professor in the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery at Arizona State University (ASU).
As Director of Strategic Academic Initiatives, Professor Essary works in collaboration with the dean to develop, implement, and lead strategic partnerships for the College.
In the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Professor Essary serves as interim director and clinical professor. She teaches graduate-level coursework in leadership and professionalism, historical and contemporary issues in medicine, and the U.S. health care system.
Her research interests encompass primary care and prevention strategies, health services research, and the provision of accessible, high-quality, patient-centered health care. 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.
On a national level, she serves as a scientific reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), and grant review committee member for HRSA. 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 as clinical associate professor 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.