For more than 13 years, Dr. DeShana Collett has been committed to academic and professional excellence within the Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Kentucky. Currently, Dr. Collett’s didactic responsibilities include course director for the Clinical Methods and Patient Evaluation and Management courses.
Dr. Collett is committed to equity and social justice in her positions as Chair of the Senate Rules and Election Committee (SREC), Senate Council member, Senator, and Vice-Chair of the Senate Council. She has previously held long-term national membership in the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Inclusion & Diversity Council and Chaired the PAEA Cultural Competency Committee for several years. Dr. Collett co-created and facilitated the Minority Faculty Leadership Pando™ workshop for PAEA. Dr. Collett was a 2016 Fellow for the Bluegrass Consortium Academic Leadership Academy and a participant in the 2021 Women in Executive Leadership Program. Most recently, she was selected as a 2021 SEC- Academic Leadership Development Fellow. She serves as Co-Chairs for the University of the African, African American, Native American Affinity Group at the University. Additionally, Dr. Collett serves as an accreditation site visitor and accreditation specialist for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).
A key aspect of her commitment and leadership is creating and maintaining a vision that inspires others and creates opportunities that contribute to long-term growth. Her leadership has been instrumental impactful on the outcomes of her organizational unit. While serving as Director of Admissions and Recruitment, she was instrumental in facilitating the development and design of the holistic admissions process, which has resulted in improved recruitment and retention strategies and efforts. Additionally, while serving in the role of Director of Accreditation, her knowledge and expertise effectively led and established a foundational structure that was essential for the implementation of a systematic evaluation review process of program outcomes.
Dr. Collett received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy, all from the University of Kentucky. She has more than 18 years of clinical experience in family medicine, and she has a specific interest in women’s health. Her research interest is in health and healthcare disparities, with a focus on the areas of clinical integration of genomics and diversity in precision medicine.