Kimberly Andrews Espy currently serves as Vice President for Research and Innovation, Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Oregon (UO). Her portfolio of responsibilities includes oversight of approximately 100 doctoral, master's and certificate programs, 21 interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, and the research track faculty appointment process. As UO's Chief Research Officer, Espy oversees sponsored research, research compliance, innovation services (technology transfer & external partnerships), the Research Advisory Board, and the Riverfront Research Park. VP Espy also represents the UO in national organizations such as the AAU, APLU, and the Council of Graduate Schools. She currently serves on the on various research or economic development boards such as the Oregon Innovation Council, and the Engineering and Technology Industry Council.
Prior to joining the UO, Dr. Espy was a Charles Bessey Professor and served as associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), where her duties were strategic interdisciplinary initiative development, research compliance and faculty development. She also served as acting dean of Graduate Studies, with oversight of graduate programs, graduate student diversity enhancement programs, and preparing future faculty activities. Before joining UNL, she was a tenured faculty member at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology, where she taught undergraduates, graduate and first-year medical students, being she was named the department's Faculty Educator of the Year.
Trained clinical neuroscientist, Dr. Espy directs the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, conducting federally-funded research that integrates cognitive neuroscience tools and advanced multilevel growth modeling methods to understand early development. As a co-author of the BRIEF-P®, a standardized rating scale to measure the behavioral manifestations of preschool regulatory skills, she is active in technology transfer efforts. Dr. Espy is a Fellow of Division 40 of the American Psychological Association, and chaired the Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities NIH study section from 2007-2009.
Espy earned her bachelor's degree from Rice University and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Houston. After completing 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 obtained licensure as a clinical psychologist.