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Lauren J. Parker, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

Departmental Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 904
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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Education

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

Overview

Trained in health promotion and gerontology, Dr. Parker’s research interest is in understanding how social factors influences the health of marginalized populations across the lifecourse continuum. Broadly, her research examines the influence of interpersonal forms of acute and chronic stressors on health via behavioral and psychological processes. She has worked extensively on understanding how such factors influence the health of Black men. Currently, Dr. Parker’s research considers how sociocultural and behavioral factors along with biological process impact health and health disparities among informal caregivers for dementia patients. She recently received a Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institute on Aging. The research will examine the impact of Adult Day Services on subjective and physiological measures of stress among Black dementia family caregivers

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

Most recent publications

  • Thorpe Jr, R. J., Parker, L. J., Cobb, R. J., Dillard, F., & Bowie, J. (2017). Association between discrimination and obesity in African-American men. Biodemography and social biology, 63(3), 253-261.
  • Parker, L. J., Benjamin, T., Archibald, P., & Thorpe, R. J. (2017). The Association Between Marijuana Usage and Discrimination Among Adult Black Men. American journal of men's health, 11(2), 435-442.
  • Parker, L. J., Kinlock, B. L., Chisolm, D., Furr-Holden, D., & Thorpe Jr, R. J. (2016). Association between any major discrimination and current cigarette smoking among adult African American men. Substance use & misuse, 51(12), 1593-1599.
  • Parker, L. J., Kinlock, B., Chisolm, D., Furr-Holden, D., & Thorpe, R. (2017). Association between any major discrimination and current cigarette smoking among adult African American men. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 171, e159-e160.