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Lauren J. Parker, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 904
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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PhD, Purdue University, 2014
MPH, Purdue University, 2012
BA, Hampton University, 2008


Dr. Lauren J. Parker is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her research examines how home-and-community based supports can be used to address the cultural needs of African American and Hispanic caregivers for people with dementia. With funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), she examines the influence of adult day services on physiological and psychosocial stressors for African American caregivers. This emerging line of research integrates both biological and psychosocial indicators of stress. Another area of scholarly interest is to disseminate and implement culturally tailored stress-reduction interventions into real world settings. A such, she is the Co-Investigator on two NIA-funded research studies to culturally adapt the Adult Day Service (ADS) Plus program for Spanish-speaking and African American caregivers.

Dr. Parker also serves on the Leadership Core/Health Equity Task Force of the Center for Disease Control Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure, Public Health Center of Excellence (PHCOE) in Dementia Caregiving at the University of Minnesota. She also serves on the Research Committee of the National Adult Day Service Association. Dr. Parker completed her post-doctoral training at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned a Dual-title PhD in Gerontology and Health Promotion at Purdue University in 2014.

Honors and Awards

2021 NIA K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

2020 NIMHD Loan Repayment Program Recipient

2019 SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

2018 Alzheimer’s Association Travel Award to attend the African American Participation in AD

Research: Effective Strategies Workshop. Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Saint

Louis, MO

2018 National Institute of Aging Butler Williams Scholars Program

  • Psychosocial stress
  • lifecourse
  • minority health
  • caregiving
  • Alzheimer's disease and related disorders

Most recent publications

  • Parker, L. J., Fabius, C., Rivers, E., & Taylor, J. L. (2021). Is Dementia-Specific Caregiving Compared With Non-Dementia Caregiving Associated With Physical Difficulty Among Caregivers for Community-Dwelling Adults?. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 07334648211014352.
  • Parker, L. J., & Fabius, C. D. (2020). Racial Differences in Respite Use among Black and White Caregivers for People Living with Dementia. Journal of Aging and Health, 0898264320951379.
  • Parker, L. J., Gaugler, J. E., Samus, Q., & Gitlin, L. N. (2019). Adult Day Service Use Decreases Likelihood of a Missed Physician's Appointment Among Dementia Caregivers. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 67(7), 1467-1471.
  • Nkimbeng, M. J., & Parker, L. J. (2021). Diverse, culturally rich approaches to family care in the United States. In Bridging the Family Care Gap (pp. 43-69). Academic Press.
  • Sadarangani, T., Zagorski, W., Parker, L.J., & Missaelides, L. (2021). Identifying Research Priorities in Adult Day Centers to Support Evidence-Based Care of Vulnerable Older Adults. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 15(1), 127-131.