Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy, Senior Vice President for Research

Dr. Kimberly Andrews Espy serves as the Senior Vice President for Research at the University of Arizona. She is the Chief Research Officer, and as a leader in the President’s senior executive leadership team, is charged to advance transformative excellence in research, discovery and innovation across the campus. Dr. Espy is responsible for university interdisciplinary research centers and institutes that span from basic to applied, from the sciences to the humanities disciplines, as well as the three museums and central core research facilities. She oversees research development services, corporate engagement services, global research alliances and the full array of research administration and compliance services. Working in collaboration with the Provost and college deans, she developed and implemented new faculty cluster and strategic hiring programs. Dr. Espy is leading efforts to support faculty through a variety of new services and programs, as well as by broadening and deepening strategic external research partnerships with business and non-profits around the globe. 

Prior to accepting the post at the UA, Dr. Espy was the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Oregon. During her tenure, many university research core facilities were established, the university Facilities & Administration negotiated rate and effective recovery rate were increased, and research support programs were augmented or developed that resulted in new federally funded interdisciplinary projects. In collaboration with private industry and public sector partners, Dr. Espy secured funding from the Oregon state legislature to establish the Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network. As an advocate for graduate education, she expanded industry-focused master’s programs and established new innovation fellowships with external partners to prepare students for diverse careers. Before joining the University of Oregon, Dr. Espy was a Charles Bessey Professor and served as associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as well as serving a stint as Acting Dean of Graduate Studies. She started her academic career at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, where she taught undergraduates, graduate and first-year medical students, and was founding director of the interdisciplinary Center for Integrative Research in Cognitive and Neural Sciences.

Dr. Espy, a translational clinical neuroscientist, pioneered the integration of cognitive neuroscience tools and advanced multilevel growth modeling methods to 1) characterize the normative development of emergent self-regulation skills in young children and infants, and 2) identify the antecedents of learning and behavioral disorders in medically at-risk populations. As a co-author of the BRIEF-P®, a standardized rating scale that measures everyday regulatory skills in preschoolers, she is active in technology transfer for clinical application. Dr. Espy is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Clinical Neuropsychology division (40), and has received received the Rita G. Rudel Award for Pediatric Neuropsychology/ Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and the Early Career Award from American Psychological Association, Division 40. She has served as a chartered or invited member of review panels for the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Educational Sciences, and several private foundations, and chaired the NIH Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities study section.

Dr. Espy earned her bachelor's degree from Rice University and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Houston. She completed a clinical/pediatric psychology internship at University of Louisville School of Medicine/Bingham Child Guidance Center and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist.