About the Vice President

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Kimberly Andrews Espy was appointed Vice President for Research and Innovation, Dean of the Graduate School on July 1, 2011. In addition to overseeing over 70 graduate programs, Espy is responsible for over 20 interdisciplinary research centers and institutes, ranging from the physical and life sciences (e.g., molecular biology, marine biology, neuroscience, materials science, optics, nanoscience, cognitive science) to the social sciences and humanities disciplines (e.g., humanities center, women's studies center, Asian studies center, center on diversity and community, center on second language studies, child and family center, community service center). As UO's Chief Research Officer, Espy oversees sponsored research, research compliance, technology transfer, the Research Advisory Board, and the Riverfront Research Park. Espy also represents the UO in national organizations such as the AAU (Chief Research Officers, Graduate Deans), APLU (Research Policy and Graduate Education), and the Council of Graduate Schools. She currently serves on the Oregon University System Research Council and on various research or economic development boards such as the Eugene Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon Innovation Council, and the Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC).

Espy, a trained clinical neuroscientist and professor of Psychology, is the Director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory. In her federally-funded research, she 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 to measure the behavioral manifestations of preschool regulatory skills, Espy is active in technology transfer and clinical translational application. Publications from the laboratory appear routinely in neuroscience, developmental, pediatric, and child psychiatry journals.

Prior to accepting the post at the UO, Espy was a Charles Bessey Professor and served as associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). For six years, she was directly responsible for strategic interdisciplinary initiatives, research compliance and faculty development, and worked closely with the vice chancellor for research and economic development and his staff on matters pertaining to budget, policy and planning, administrative issues, facilities, communications and economic development. From January 2010 through May 2011, she also served as acting dean of Graduate Studies. Before joining UNL, she was a tenured faculty member 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. 


In 2001, Espy received the Rita G. Rudel Award for Pediatric Neuropsychology/Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and her department's Faculty Educator of the Year Award. In 2005, she received the Early Career Award from Division 40 of the American Psychological Association, and was named a Fellow of the same division. 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 Child Psychopathology and Developmental Disabilities 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.