AAPA-PAEA Research Fellowship

PAEA and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) offer three one-year research fellowships annually. This program provides a substantial investment to strengthen the research skills and productivity of qualified PA faculty, to conduct research and submit papers on behalf of PAEA for its educational and organizational use, and to develop the next generation of PA research leaders.

The AAPA-PAEA Fellowship provides 20 percent of the recipient’s base salary up to $25,000 to each fellow’s institution to secure protected time for research, to permit a 20 percent time release from teaching and other activities to allow them to focus on scholarly activity of interest to the PA profession and PA education, as well as a travel stipend of up to $7,500.

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 AAPA-PAEA Research Fellow.

The Fellowship will run from November 1, 2018, through October 31, 2019. The 2018–2019 application cycle is now closed. If you have submitted an application but have not received a confirmation of receipt, please call 703-667-4335.

Current fellows

From left to right: Bettie Coplan, Ryan White, and Morgan Nowak

More information on them and their research topics coming soon.


Learn about our previous fellows

2017-2018 Fellows

Alicia Quella, PhD, PA-C

Alicia Quella has a doctorate in epidemiology and is a PA in emergency medicine. She is an associate professor and program director of the Augsburg University PA program and an assistant affiliate professor at the University of Washington Department of Family Medicine.

Her research topics include health policy, workforce issues, medical error, emergency medicine, and global health. Consulting projects include collaboration with the Ministry of Health in the Lao PDR to build the PA profession. She currently teaches emergency medicine, epidemiology, and global health. Her passion is developing medical curriculum that encourages hands-on and active learning.

Christina Hanson, MPAS, PA-C

Christina Hanson has been a PA for nine years and has worked in family practice, orthopedic surgery, and urology. For the past five years, she has been a full-time faculty member at Bethel University PA program in St. Paul, Minnesota. In 2015, she began taking courses toward a Doctor of Education in Leadership in Higher Education degree and is currently working on her dissertation.

Her research is focused on the current lack of diversity in the PA profession by analyzing data collected by national PA organizations. She will compare the responses of underrepresented minority applicants to non-underrepresented minority applicants with regard to factors that impacted their decision to pursue the PA profession. She hopes this research will shed light on how and why people are choosing to become PAs, so that recruitment and retention efforts can be improved — particularly to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority PAs.

Virginia Valentin, DrPH, PA-C

Virginia Valentin has been a PA educator since 2012, having previously taught at the University of Kentucky. She joined the University of Utah Division of PA Studies faculty in February 2016, where she is currently the associate director and the director of graduate studies. Virginia earned a Doctorate of Public Health with a focus in epidemiology from the University of Kentucky in May 2017. She brings nearly two decades of clinical experience to her teaching.

Her primary research interest is improving patient outcomes and access to care through identification of patient, provider, and contextual barriers (e.g. organizational and regulatory) to care. Her publications to date have focused on the PA workforce, as well as understanding the utilization of PAs and the barriers to PAs providing patient care. Her dissertation increased the understanding of patient factors that influence the stage of melanoma diagnosis and treatment through analysis of physician density, as well as individual, social, and geographic factors within the state.