Director of PA Research
BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982
BS and PA Certificate, Emory University, 1987
MS Education Administration, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2000
PhD Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007
Perri Morgan, PhD, PA-C, is the Director of Research in the Physician Assistant Division in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Her work as a health services researcher focuses on physician assistants (PA) and nurse practitioners in the health workforce.
Perri’s current research initiatives focus on PAs and NPs in Community Health Centers and in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Past work addresses cost efficiency of PAs, trends in PA specialization, and inclusion of PAs and nurse practitioners in national databases and workforce planning. Recent publications include Impact of Physician Assistant Care on Office Visit Resource Use in the United States and Missing in Action: Care by Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners in National Health Surveys, both published in Health Services Research, Choice of Specialties among Physician Assistants in the United States (Health Affairs, 2010) and Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners: a missing component in state workforce assessments (Journal of Interprofessional Care, 2011). Morgan was the recipient of the Physician Assistant Education Association annual Faculty Research Award in 2010.
Nationally, Perri has served as co-chair on the United States Department of Health and Human Services Advisory Committee on Primary Care Training in Medicine and Dentistry and on the Academy Health Workgroup on Data and Research Infrastructure Challenges in the Area of Health Workforce, reporting to the Future of Nursing Project at the Institute of Medicine. She currently serves on the International Health Workforce Collaborative, the Health Resources and Services Administration Interprofessional Education Metrics Group, the North Carolina State Workforce Planning Grant Intermediary Committee and the Research Institute of the Physician Assistant Education Association.