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Dr. Essary serves as Director of Student Affairs for the College of Health Solutions and Clinical Associate Professor in the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery at Arizona State University (ASU).
As Director of Student Affairs, Dr. Essary’s responsibilities include implementing student admissions and retention strategies and ensuring high-quality student engagement programs for over 5,000 students in the College of Health Solutions.
In the School for the Science of Health Care Delivery, Dr. Essary teaches graduate-level coursework in leadership and professionalism, and the U.S. health care system.
Her research interests encompass primary care and prevention strategies, health services research, developing the future health care workforce, and the provision of accessible, high-quality, patient-centered health care. She currently serves as PI for ASU on the BUILDing SCHOLARS program, a multi-institution consortium in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, as well as three extra-regional sites - a project that serves to transform the next generation of biomedical researchers.
Dr. Essary represents the College of Health Solutions on the Graduate Dean’s Advisory Council, the Service Excellence Initiative and the Undergraduate Enrollment Planning Team. She serves as Chair, General Studies Council at Arizona State University. On a national level, she has held leadership positions in her major professional associations, and serves as a scientific reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), grant review committee member for HRSA, and department editor for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
Prior to joining ASU, she served as Director at Midwestern University Physician Assistant Program, Phoenix.