Alexa Colgrove Curtis, Ph.D., MPH, APRN, FAANP

Associate Dean of Research and Innovation; Endowed Professor
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Alexa Curtis is a nursing scholar with expansive experience in nursing education, research, APRN clinical practice, and academic leadership. Her career prioritizes improving access to quality healthcare for underserved populations with a particular focus on rural communities, integrated behavioral health in primary care, the prevention and management of substance use disorders, and adolescent health. Her work includes multiple funded workforce development projects designed to expand access to care and improve the pipeline of nurse practitioners prepared to provide quality healthcare for underserved communities. As the co-chair of the California Association for Nurse Practitioners Health Policy and Practice committee, she was instrumental in the passage of AB 890 in California, a historic bill that removed barriers to nurse practitioner practice. She is the co-editor of Nurse Practitioner Clinical Education: A Guide for Educators, Preceptors, and Clinical Partners and a collaborative designer of the Research Step by Step series for the American Journal of Nursing. She maintains a clinical practice in integrated behavioral health in primary care within a rural FQHC. Dr. Curtis was the 2020 recipient of the California Association of Nurse Practitioners Bridging Healthcare Needs award and is an American Association of Nurse Practitioners Fellow.

Academic experience

  • Associate Dean for Research and Innovation & Endowed Professor: University of Nevada, Reno (2024-present)
  • Associate/Assistant Dean and Professor: University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions (2020-2024)
  • Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs and Associate Professor: University of San Francisco, School of Nursing and Health Professions (2013-2020)
  • Graduate Nursing Coordinator and Assistant Professor: California State University, Sacramento (2007-2013)

Funded projects (select)

  • Improving the Holistic Health of Migrant and Immigrant Populations Through Collaborative Binational Nursing Teaching and Scholarship. Project Director (2023). USF Jesuit Foundation; $5,000
  • Granite Wellness Youth Resiliency Project. Project Director (2021-2022; 2019-2020). California Department of Health Care Services, Youth Opioid Response, CA (DHCS: 18-95471). $1,000,000
  • Nurse Practitioners and Communities Together (NPCT): Providing Accessible Behavioral Health Care Through Engaged Clinical Training. Project Director (2019-2024). Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA): T94HP32907-01-00. $2,419,864
  • Advancing Drug & Opioid Prevention and Treatment (ADOPT). Co-PI (2018-2021). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1H79T1081654-01. Co-PI. $149,339.
  • Song Brown California Healthcare FNP Workforce Development Award. Project Director (2015, 2017). California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD): 14-10616/16:7787. Project Director. $298,000.
  • San Francisco SBIRT Interprofessional Training Collaboration. Co-PI. (2014-2017). Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1U79TI025404-01. $315,000.

Peer-reviewed journal publications

Awards and honors

  • DAISY Nurse Leader Award in Advancing Compassionate Care in Policy with the ACNL Health Policy Committee (2024)
  • Professional Educator Annual California State Award (2022)
  • Fellow: American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2021)
  • Bridging Health Care Needs California Association for Nurse Practitioners Annual Practice Leadership Award (2020)
  • Best Legislative/Government Article 2019, Silver Award: American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (2019)
  • Hometown Hero Award for Service to Community Youth (2001)
  • Silver Springs Outstanding Community Partner Award (1998)


  • Ph.D. Nursing: University of California, San Francisco
  • M.S.N. Family Health Clinical Specialist/Family Nurse Practitioner: University of San Diego
  • M.P.H.: University of San Francisco
  • B.S.N: University of Pennsylvania

Professional certifications

  • Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry Fellowship: University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-doctoral Certificate: University of San Francisco
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: ANCC
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: ANCC
  • Addictions Registered Nurse, Advanced Practice: ANCB
  • Public Health Nurse: California
  • Registered Nurse: California/Nevada