Esther Nolton

Doctoral Student and Adjunct Faculty

George Mason University

Esther Nolton (née Chou) maintains her certification and Virginia license to practice Athletic Training while pursuing her PhD in Education with specializations in Research & Evaluation Methods and Health & Education Policy at George Mason University. Her research interests are in policy implementation, social determinants of health and education, developing outcomes measures, survey methodology, certification and licensure testing, program evaluation, etc.


Esther earned her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training from George Mason University in 2010 and her Master of Education degree at The University of Virginia in 2011. She has had clinical experiences with secondary schools in both Fairfax and Prince William counties; NCAA Division I and club athletics at George Mason University; and NCAA Division III athletics at Marymount University. Through her work at UVA, she covered NCAA Division I women’s tennis and was selected as a Master’s Thesis Oral Award Finalist by the NATA Research & Education Foundation.


Upon completion of her Master’s degree, Esther worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer at Hawai’i Pacific University in Honolulu, Hawaii covering competitive NCA cheerleading and NDA dance teams; and NCAA Division II cross country, baseball, softball, women’s basketball, and tennis. She served as the Director of Research for Inova Sports Medicine from 2015-2018 where she managed multiple grant-funded projects in varying areas of orthopaedic medicine and athletic training.


Since her return to the Northern Virginia area in 2015, Esther serves as an adjunct faculty for George Mason University and as an assistant professor for Virginia Commonwealth University – School of Medicine. She has taught courses in Evidence-Based Medicine for Population Health, General Medical Conditions and Pharmacology, Lower Extremity Evaluation, Research Methods, and Functional Anatomy.


Esther currently lives in Centreville, VA with her husband, Brian, who is a Fairfax County high school math teacher and basketball coach. She was born and raised in Fairfax, VA and is honored to be representing the Capital Region constituents!

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Capital Region:




Fairfax City

Falls Church


Manassas Park

Prince William

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