Dr. Patricia Royal is an Associate Professor in the Department of Healthcare Policy, Economics and Management. Dr. Royal is originally from North Carolina where she was a tenured associate professor before moving to Tyler, Texas in 2016. In addition to academic experience, Dr. Royal worked in the health care arena in both dialysis and home health and hospice centers. Dr. Royal is a licensed real estate broker and was formerly a licensed insurance agent.

Dr. Royal has served as an author and editor for a healthcare professions textbook and a monograph, in addition to several peer-review journal articles. She has also authored 17 chapters in an interprofessional health care text.

Education & Training

East Carolina University, 2006
Ed.D, Educational Leadership in Higher Education

East Carolina University, 1998
MSW, Master of Social Work – Concentration in Mental Health

University of Mount Olive, 1994
BS, Psychology

Duke University, 1996
Certificate in Non-Profit Management

Campbell University, 1994-1995
Graduate Courses in Educational Counseling

University of North Carolina, 2004
Graduate Courses in Public Health

National Association of Community Health Centers, 2011
Developing Effective FQHC Programs and Applications

Research Interests

Rural Health Care
Interprofessional Education and Practice
Student Engagement and Service-Learning
Student Success
Ethics and Values in Health Care Education and Practice
Communication Skill Across the Disciplines

Courses Taught

HPEM 5330 Health Care Delivery Systems and Contemporary Issues

Publication Highlights

Royal, P.D. (2016). Today’s Health Professions: Working Together to Provide Quality Care. FA Davis Publishing Royal, P.D. & Ross, T. (2013). Improving students’ writing skills through peer assessment. Open Journal of Education. 1(6). 163-168.
Royal, P.D. & Ross, T. (2012). Does role playing improve students’ course performance or self- assessment of their interpersonal skills? Journal of Health Administration Education. Summer, 29 (3) pp 229-244.
Royal, P.D. (2011). Does Practice Make Perfect: An approach to Incorporating Simulations and Role Plays in Health Care Administration Students’ Curriculum? Journal of Health Administration Education. 28 (2).
Royal, P. D. & Sasnett, B. (2010). Building a Writing Curriculum for Allied Health Professional Students. Journal of Health Administration Education. 27(1).
Sasnett, B. S., Royal, P. D., & Ross, T. (2010). Community Education Clarifies Career Choice in an Allied Health Professions Course. Journal of Allied Health. 39 (4).
Sasnett, B. S., Royal, P. D., & Ross, T. (2010). Introduction of a Cultural Training Experience into Interdisciplinary Health Science Education Program. Journal of Allied Health. 39 (2). e55-60.
Royal, P. D. (2009). Job-related stress and sleep disorders among college presidents. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller Atkiengesellschaft & Co. KG.
Royal, P. D. & Bell, P. (2009). Leveling the Playing Field for Online Testing. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 6 (5), 43-48.
Royal, P. D., Sasnett, B., & Greer, A. (2009). The impact of service learning on interdisciplinary students and rural communities. Community Works Journal.
Royal, P. D. & Grobe, W. (2008). Job-related stress and sleep disorders among North Carolina community college presidents. Community College Journal of Research and Practice, 32 (7), 496-511.
Royal, P. D. & Bell, P. (2008). The relationship between performance levels and test delivery methods. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 5 (7).