Dr. Paul Gavaza is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the Appalachian College of Pharmacy where he teaches pharmacy administration and pharmacoeconomics courses. Prior to joining ACP, Dr. Gavaza taught at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Zimbabwe and was a Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas at Austin (UT). A native of Zimbabwe, Dr. Gavaza holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (Zimbabwe), Master of Science in Development Planning and Management (Ghana), Master of Science in Pharmacy (Texas), and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree in Pharmacy (majoring in Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacoeconomics) from UT.
Dr. Gavaza has been awarded several prestigious national awards in the past including the Current Therapeutic Research Travel Award, the Fulbright Fellowship, and the United States Pharmacoepeia Fellowship (2009-10).
Dr. Gavaza has expertise in economic evaluation, research design, statistical analysis, survey development, and scientific writing. His primary research interests include social, economic and behavioral aspects of pharmacy practice and outcomes research. Dr. Gavaza has presented over 10 posters at national and international professional scientific meetings and has published 23 papers in peer reviewed journals including the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy (AJHP), Pharmacoeconomics, Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy (RSAP), Journal of The American Pharmacists Association (JAPHA), Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning (CPTL), American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education (AJPE), Current Therapeutic Research, Administration and Policy in Mental Health, and The Central African Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gavaza has been invited to serve as a scientific reviewer for several pharmacy (e.g., AJPE, JAPHA, AJHP, CPTL, pharmacy practice) and medical (e.g., PlosOne, BMC Medical education, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society) journals and two national grant funding organizations (American Society for Health-System Pharmacists and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute).
Dr. Gavaza is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, and Rho Chi Honor Societies, and International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. He currently resides in Buchanan County with his wife, Kuda and children Tatenda, Takudzwa and Tafadzwa. He enjoys spending time with his family, biking, running, and travel. He is an active member of his local church.