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Lauren J. Parker, PhD, MPH


Assistant Scientist

Department of Health, Behavior and Society

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health


Lauren J. Parker received the 2019 – 2020 Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions Pilot Project award for her proposal, “Facilities and Barriers to Adult Day Service Utilization: Perspectives from African American Dementia Caregivers and their Adult Day Service Provider”

The Pilot Project Program supports new and early stage investigators (ESI) with projects related to place-based determinants of health disparities and minority health.

Dr. Parker’s research interest is in understanding how social factors influences the health of marginalized populations across the life course 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 people living with dementia. 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 family caregivers for people living with dementia.

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