Alexa Curtis

Alexa Curtis, PhD, MPH, FNP-BC

Professor; Associate Dean — Graduate Nursing

Associate Dean
Full-Time Faculty


Alexa C. Curtis received her PhD in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco in the Department of Community Health Systems. She is a practicing family and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner at a substance use disorder facility in rural Northern California. Her area of interest includes improving access to under-served populations through advanced practice nursing services, particularly for rural youth and other vulnerable populations in rural communities.

Research Areas

  • Rural health
  • Adolescent health
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Healthcare Workforce Development


  • Project Director, HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce
  • Director, Youth Resiliency Service, Granite Wellness Centers
  • Co-chair, Health Practice and Policy Committee, California Association for Nurse Practitioners
  • Family/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Granite Wellness Centers


  • PhD, Nursing, Community Health Systems, University of California, San Francisco
  • PMHNP Post-doctoral Certificate, University of San Francisco
  • MPH, University of San Francisco
  • MS, Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner, University of San Diego
  • BS, Nursing, University of Pennsylvania

Prior Experience

  • Director of Nurse Practitioner Programs, University of San Francisco
  • Associate Professor and Graduate Nursing Coordinator, Sacramento State University

Awards & Distinctions

  • American Association of Nurse Practitioners, Fellow, 2021
  • California Association of Nurse Practitioners, Bridging Health Care Needs, 2020
  • Association of California Nurse Leaders; Sacramento/Sierra Chapter, Professional Educator Award, 2020
  • American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors, Best Legislative/Government Article 2: Silver Award, 2019
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Fellow; Leadership in Academic Nursing, 2015

Selected Publications