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SOP’s Shaya Named An AACP Academic Research Fellow

Year-long fellowship develops established pharmacy faculty researchers into leaders with the skills to build and implement sustainable research and graduate education programs across their institutions.

By Malissa Carroll
September 16, 2014

Fadia Shaya, PhD, MPH, professor and vice chair for academic affairs in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Services Research (PHSR) at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, has been accepted into the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy’s (AACP) Academic Research Fellows Program. This year-long program is designed to expand the leadership capabilities of established pharmacy faculty researchers to assist them in cultivating collaborative research teams and graduate education programs across their institutions.

“Dr. Shaya’s exceptional interpersonal and leadership skills have well-positioned her to contribute and benefit from AACP’s prestigious Academic Research Fellows Program,” says Natalie D. Eddington, PhD, FCP, FAAPS, dean and professor of the School of Pharmacy, who nominated Shaya for the program. “Since joining the School’s faculty in 2002, Dr. Shaya has consistently demonstrated the skills of an accomplished educator, researcher, and leader. I am confident that the experiences offered through this program will provide her with the knowledge and skills necessary to further augment our School’s existing research and graduate education infrastructure to ensure that we remain a leader in pharmacy education, scientific discovery, patient care, and community engagement in the state of Maryland and beyond.”

AACP’s Academic Research Fellows Program offers a wide range of trainings designed to educate fellows about the dynamics, management, institutional structures, and policies that affect research. Through her participation in the program, Shaya will gain experience in research-focused leadership development, team building, and the development of innovative strategies to help secure research funding from federal and other public and private sources. She will also have the opportunity to network with successful research leaders and advocacy groups.

“My acceptance into AACP’s Academic Research Fellows Program represents a commitment not just from myself, but from my department and the School of Pharmacy, to strengthen and advance our research and graduate education infrastructure,” says Shaya. “I am excited to meet with leaders from other institutions to further develop my adaptive leadership and team building skills, as well as build a solid foundation of innovative research strategies from which will grow sustainable, thriving, and impactful research programs. This truly is a unique opportunity to take graduate education and research both at the School of Pharmacy and across the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) to the next level.”

Shaya received her doctorate in health policy, finance, and management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to her appointments in PHSR, she also serves as director of research for the School’s Center for Innovative Pharmacy Solutions (CIPS). Her current research examines the implementation of new Medicare policies, a patient-centered approach to care and research, comparative effectiveness, and new methods designed to inform optimal clinical and coverage decisions.

In addition, Shaya has received more than $4 million in grants and contracts as a principal investigator and has published more than 400 manuscripts and abstracts in the fields of health disparities and health outcomes research. She currently serves on the advisory council for Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Food and Drug Administration as well as on the boards of the Delmarva Foundation for Medical Care, the Quality Health Foundation, and the Healthcare Systems and Value Research Study Section for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. She previously served as chair of Maryland’s State Advisory Council on Hepatitis C and Diseases of the Liver.

“Dr. Shaya is one of PHSR’s most esteemed faculty members,” says C. Daniel Mullins, PhD, professor and chair of PHSR. “She combines innovations in research and training with creativity in developing community-based partnerships. In addition, as vice chair for academic affairs, she is strategically positioned to further develop her leadership skills and strengthen the School’s graduate education and research programs through AACP’s Academic Research Fellows Program. We know that the lessons she will learn will be instrumental in moving our department and the School forward.”

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