AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship

The application cycle for the 2023-2024 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship opens on April 25 and closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on June 4, 2023.

PAEA and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) offer three one-year research fellowships annually to help lower barriers to faculty participation in research and build the pipeline of PA research leaders. This program provides a substantial investment to strengthen the research skills and productivity of qualified PA faculty to conduct high-quality, publishable research.

The Fellowship seeks to:

  1. Fund protected time to allow fellows to conduct research and expand their research agendas.
  2. Broaden the fellows’ knowledge of the medical research community, data sources, and build their professional networks with prominent medical research organizations.
  3. Build a strong cohort of research leaders who mentor future PA researchers and become PA research experts who advance the profession.

The AAPA-PAEA Fellowship provides 20 percent of the recipient’s base salary up to $30,000 to each fellow’s institution to secure protected time for research. This gives the fellows a 20 percent time release from teaching and other activities to allow them to focus on their scholarly activity of interest to the PA profession and PA education.

The Fellowship will include a two-to-four-day seminar at the PAEA offices in Washington, DC. Fellows will participate in exclusive Fellowship sessions and earn more than 25 Category 1 CME hours. Travel expenses to Washington, DC, will be covered in full; however, the COVID-19 pandemic may alter these plans and require virtual components.

Fellows are expected to use the release time to develop their research skills by completing and providing to PAEA a research project under the guidance of a mentor, engaging in educational activities, and broadening their knowledge of PA education and the PA profession. By the conclusion of the Fellowship, fellows should have completed their research and have their findings prepared for publication and presentation. Individuals selected for the Fellowship will be conferred the title of PAEA Research Fellow.

Applications must be submitted through the PAEA Research online application platform by 11:59 pm ET on Sunday, June 4, 2023.


If you have questions concerning this grant program, please contact the Research team.

Current Fellows (2022-2023)

Bethany Grubb, MPAS, MPH, PA-C

Assistant Professor University of Texas Southwestern

Bethany Grubb, MPAS, MPH, PA-C, graduated the Physician Assistant program at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and subsequently, completed a fellowship program in dermatology at UT Southwestern. In 2014, she earned her Master of Public Health at the UT-Health Science Center Houston. Before joining the UTSW PA faculty, she worked at a busy private dermatology practice and in the Pigmented Lesion Clinic at UT Southwestern.

Professor Grubb and her team are conducting a study to identify quantitative and qualitative measures to characterize leadership within the PA profession, including the most common styles, strategies, and key factors affecting PAs in leadership in healthcare executive, clinical, and academic roles. The goal is to provide a more comprehensive understanding of PA leaders in all sectors to promote future leadership development. In the competitive medical landscape in which PAs provide care and educate students, their involvement in decision-making roles is critical.


Chris Roman, DMS, PA-C

Associate Professor Butler University

Chris Roman, DMS, PA-C, is an associate professor of PA Studies at Butler University. He earned a biology degree from Xavier University and a Master of Arts in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where conducted neuroscience research for several years. He trained as a PA at Midwestern University and later completed a Doctor of Medical Sciences at Butler University. He has practiced in the dermatology and infectious disease, and now treats patients at an urgent care clinic in Indianapolis, Indiana.

In his study, Dr. Roman is investigating the availability of information about provider health programs (PHPs) to support PAs experiencing impairment due to substance use or a physical or mental health issue. He is also looking at the availability of safe haven non-reporting, which allows clinicians to get help without involving the licensing board, as long as patient harm has not resulted from the impairment.

Learn more about the two fellows and their research topics.


Previous Fellows

Click on each year to read more about the fellows and their research.