Dr. Parker received her Sc.D. in maternal and child health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cardiovascular epidemiology from Northwestern University Medical School. She is currently an Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Family Medicine and an Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Epidemiology. She is the Director of Community Health and Research of the Center for Primary Care and Prevention at Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island. Currently her research has focused on smoking cessation in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). She was also involved in studies of smoking cessation and relapse prevention among underserved pregnant women and smoking cessation among incarcerated populations. She also was involved in a study to translate the ATP III guidelines into primary care practice. Dr. Parker's interests focus on maternal and child health as well as community-wide studies in cardiovascular disease and COPD.
|van den Berg, Jacob, Roberts, Mary, Bock, Beth, Martin, Rosemarie, Stein, L.A.R., Parker, Donna, McGovern, Arthur, Shuford, Sarah, Clarke, Jennifer Changes in Depression and Stress after Release from a Tobacco-Free Prison in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2016; 13 (1) : 114.|
Ahern DK, Parker DR, Eaton CB, Rafferty C, Wroblewski J, et al.
Feasibility of using patient-facing technology for the identification of COPD in primary care..
Journal of innovation in health informatics. 2016; 23 (2) : 541-546.
|van den Berg, J. J., Bock, B. C., Roberts, M. B., Parker, D. R., Martin, R. A., Stein, L. A. R., Clarke, J. G. Goals and Plans of Incarcerated Men Postrelease.. Journal of Correctional Health Care. 2016; 22 (2) : 146-156.|
|LeBlanc ES, Kapphahn K, Hedlin H, Desai M, Parikh NI, Liu S, Parker DR, Anderson M, Aroda V, Sullivan S, et al. Reproductive History and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus in postmenopausal women: findings from the Women's Health Initiative . Menopause (New York, N.Y.). 2016; 24 (1) : 64-72.|
|Parikh NI, Jeppson RP, Berger JS, Eaton CB, Kroenke CH, LeBlanc ES, Lewis CE, Loucks EB, Parker DR, Rillamas-Sun E, et al Reproductive Risk Factors and Coronary Heart Disease in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. Circulation. 2016;|
|Clarke JG, Martin SA, Martin RA, Stein LAR, van den Berg JJ, Parker DR, McGovern AR, Roberts MB, Friedmann PD, Bock BC Changes in smoking-related symptoms during enforced abstinence of incarceration.. Journal of Healthcare for Poor and Underserved. 2015; 26 (1) : 106-118.|
|Lantini, Ryan, van den Berg, Jacob J., Roberts, Mary B., Bock, Beth C., Stein, L. A. R., Parker, Donna R., Friedmann, Peter D., Clarke, Jennifer G. Characteristics of smoking used cigarettes among an incarcerated population.. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 2015; 29 (1) : 254-258.|
|Parker, Donna R., Roberts, Mary B., van den Berg, Jacob J., Bock, Beth, Stein, Lyn A. R., Martin, Rosemarie A., Clarke, Jennifer G. Exploration of incarcerated men's and women's attitudes of smoking in the presence of children and pregnant women: Is there a disparity between smoking attitudes and smoking behavior?. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. 2015; 18 (5) : 919-925.|
|Dumont, Dora M, Parker, Donna R, Viner-Brown, Samara, Clarke, Jennifer G Incarceration and perinatal smoking: a missed public health opportunity. Journal of epidemiology and community health. 2015; 69 (7) : 648-653.|
|Parker DR, Eltinge S, Rafferty C, Eaton CB, Clarke JG, Goldman RE Primary care providers' views on using lung age as an aid to smoking cessation counseling for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.. Lung. 2015; 193 (3) : 321-7.|
|Goldman, R. E., Parker, D. R., Brown, J., Walker, J., Eaton, C. B., Borkan, J. M. Recommendations for a Mixed Methods Approach to Evaluating the Patient-Centered Medical Home. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2015; 13 (2) : 168-175.|
|Parker, Donna R, Liu, Jonathan, Roberts, Mary B, Eaton, Charles B Is inflammatory chronic obstructive pulmonary disease a coronary heart disease risk equivalent? A longitudinal analysis of the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III), 1988-1994. BMC Pulm Med. 2014; 14 (1) : 195.|
|Parker DR, Lu B, Sands-Lincoln M, Kroenke CH, Lee CC, O'Sullivan M, Park HL, Parikh N, Schenken RS, Eaton CB Risk of cardiovascular disease among postmenopausal women with prior pregnancy loss: the women's health initiative.. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2014; 12 (4) : 302-9.|
Parker DR, Goldman RE, Brown J, Hewitt S, Frazzano A, et al.
The Brown primary care initiative design for strategies towards patient-centered medical home practice transformation.
Primary health care. 2014; 4 (3)
|Parker DR, Fallone D, Martin RA, Stein LA, Bock B, Martin SA, Roberts MB, Lopes CE, Clarke JJ The relation between smoking status and medical conditions among incarcerated adults.. Journal of addiction medicine. 2014; 8 (2) : 90-5.|
|Clarke JG, Stein LA, Martin RA, Martin SA, Parker D, Lopes CE, McGovern AR, Simon R, Roberts M, Friedman P, Bock B Forced smoking abstinence: not enough for smoking cessation.. JAMA internal medicine. 2013; 173 (9) : 789-94.|
|Parker DR, Eaton CB, Ahern DK, Roberts MB, Rafferty C, Goldman RE, McCool FD, Wroblewski J The study design and rationale of the randomized controlled trial: translating COPD guidelines into primary care practice.. BMC family practice. 2013; 14 : 56.|
Parker DR, Eaton CB
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Smoking Cessation.
American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine. 2012; 6 (2) : 159-166.
|Parker DR, Luo X, Jalbert JJ, Assaf AR Impact of upper and lower gastrointestinal blood loss on healthcare utilization and costs: a systematic review.. Journal of medical economics. 2011; 14 (3) : 279-87.|
|Eaton CB, Parker DR, Borkan J, McMurray J, Roberts MB, Lu B, Goldman R, Ahern DK Translating cholesterol guidelines into primary care practice: a multimodal cluster randomized trial.. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2011; 9 (6) : 528-37.|
|Lu B, Zhou J, Waring ME, Parker DR, Eaton CB Abdominal obesity and peripheral vascular disease in men and women: a comparison of waist-to-thigh ratio and waist circumference as measures of abdominal obesity.. Atherosclerosis. 2010; 208 (1) : 253-7.|
|Zlotnick, Caron, Capezza, Nicole M., Parker, Donna An interpersonally based intervention for low-income pregnant women with intimate partner violence: a pilot study. Archives of Women's Mental Health. 2010; 14 (1) : 55-65.|
|Tabenkin H, Eaton CB, Roberts MB, Parker DR, McMurray JH, Borkan J Differences in cardiovascular disease risk factor management in primary care by sex of physician and patient.. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2010; 8 (1) : 25-32.|
|Kabat GC, Kim M, Chlebowski RT, Khandekar J, Ko MG, McTiernan A, Neuhouser ML, Parker DR, Shikany JM, Stefanick ML, Thomson CA, Rohan TE A longitudinal study of the metabolic syndrome and risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009; 18 (7) : 2046-53.|
|Waring ME, Roberts MB, Parker DR, Eaton CB Documentation and management of overweight and obesity in primary care.. The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2009; 22 (5) : 544-52.|
|Eaton CB, Parker DR, Craft J, McMurray J, Roberts MB, Borkan J, Goldman RE, Ahern DK Using e-health to improve cholesterol management in primary care practice.. The Journal of medical practice management : MPM. 2009; 24 (4) : 224-30.|
|Parker DR, Goldman RE, Eaton CB A qualitative study of individuals at risk for or who have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: what do they understand about their disease?. Lung. 2008; 186 (5) : 313-6.|
|Parker DR, Gramling R, Goldman RE, Eaton CB, Ahern D, Cover RT, Borkan J Physicians' perceptions of barriers and facilitators regarding adoption of the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines.. Preventive Cardiology. 2008; 11 (1) : 29-35.|
|Eaton CB, Gramling R, Parker DR, Roberts MB, Lu B, Ridker PM Prospective association of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) with coronary heart disease mortality in southeastern New England.. Atherosclerosis. 2008; 200 (1) : 221-7.|
|Lu B, Parker D, Eaton CB Relationship of periodontal attachment loss to peripheral vascular disease: an analysis of NHANES 1999-2002 data. Atherosclerosis. 2008; 200 (1) : 199-205.|
|Parker DR, Windsor RA, Roberts MB, Hecht J, Hardy NV, Strolla LO, Lasater TM Feasibility, cost, and cost-effectiveness of a telephone-based motivational intervention for underserved pregnant smokers.. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2007; 9 (10) : 1043-51.|
|Goldman RE, Parker DR, Eaton CB, Borkan JM, Gramling R, Cover RT, Ahern DK Patients' perceptions of cholesterol, cardiovascular disease risk, and risk communication strategies.. The Annals of Family Medicine. 2006; 4 (3) : 205-12.|
|Parker DR, Assaf AR Community interventions for cardiovascular disease.. Primary Care: Clinics in Office Practice. 2005; 32 (4) : 865-81.|
|Parker DR, Evangelou E, Eaton CB Intraclass correlation coefficients for cluster randomized trials in primary care: the cholesterol education and research trial (CEART).. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2005; 26 (2) : 260-7.|
|Assaf AR, Parker D, Lapane KL, Coccio E, Evangelou E, Carleton RA Does the Y chromosome make a difference? Gender differences in attempts to change cardiovascular disease risk factors.. Journal of Women's Health. 2003; 12 (4) : 321-30.|
|Assaf AR, Parker D, Lapane KL, McKenney JL, Carleton RA Are there gender differences in self-reported smoking practices? Correlation with thiocyanate and cotinine levels in smokers and nonsmokers from the Pawtucket Heart Health Program.. Journal of Women's Health. 2002; 11 (10) : 899-906.|
|Parker DR, Lasater TM, Windsor R, Wilkins J, Upegui DI, Heimdal J The accuracy of self-reported smoking status assessed by cotinine test strips.. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. 2002; 4 (3) : 305-9.|
|Derby CA, Feldman HA, Bausserman LL, Parker DR, Gans KM, Carleton RA HDL cholesterol: trends in two southeastern New England communities, 1981-1993.. Annals of Epidemiology. 1998; 8 (2) : 84-91.|
|Parker DR, Lapane KL, Lasater TM, Carleton RA Short stature and cardiovascular disease among men and women from two southeastern New England communities.. International journal of epidemiology. 1998; 27 (6) : 970-5.|
|Parker DR, Gonzalez S, Derby CA, Gans KM, Lasater TM, Carleton RA Dietary factors in relation to weight change among men and women from two southeastern New England communities.. International journal of obesity and related metabolic disorders : journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity. 1997; 21 (2) : 103-9.|
Derby CA, Assman S, Parker DR, Lasater TM, Carleton RA
BMI Trends from the Pawtucket Heart Health Program 1981-1993.
Circulation. 1996; 93 (3) : 13.
|Parker DR, McPhillips JB, Derby CA, Gans KM, Lasater TM, Carleton RA High-density-lipoprotein cholesterol and types of alcoholic beverages consumed among men and women.. Am J Public Health. 1996; 86 (7) : 1022-7.|
|Parker DR, Derby CA, Usner DW, Gonzalez S, Lapane KL, Carleton RA Self-reported alcohol intake using two different question formats in southeastern New England.. International journal of epidemiology. 1996; 25 (4) : 770-4.|
|Parker DR, McPhillips JB, Lapane KL, Lasater TM, Carleton RA Nutrition and health practices of diabetic and nondiabetic men and women from two southeastern New England communities.. Nutrition and health. 1995; 10 (3) : 255-68.|
|Parker DR, Weiss ST, Troisi R, Cassano PA, Vokonas PS, Landsberg L Relationship of dietary saturated fatty acids and body habitus to serum insulin concentrations: the Normative Aging Study.. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1993; 58 (2) : 129-36.|
|Young JB, Troisi RJ, Weiss ST, Parker DR, Sparrow D, Landsberg L Relationship of catecholamine excretion to body size, obesity, and nutrient intake in middle-aged and elderly men.. The American journal of clinical nutrition. 1992; 56 (5) : 827-34.|
|Landsberg L, Troisi R, Parker D, Young JB, Weiss ST Obesity, blood pressure, and the sympathetic nervous system.. Annals of Epidemiology. 1991; 1 (4) : 295-303.|
|Troisi RJ, Weiss ST, Parker DR, Sparrow D, Young JB, Landsberg L Relation of obesity and diet to sympathetic nervous system activity.. Hypertension. 1991; 17 (5) : 669-77.|
|Parker DR, O'Connor GT, Sparrow D, Segal MR, Weiss ST The relationship of nonspecific airway responsiveness and atopy to the rate of decline of lung function. The Normative Aging Study.. The American review of respiratory disease. 1990; 141 (3) : 589-94.|
|Parker D, Liu K, Dyer AR, Giumetti D, Liao YL, Stamler J A comparison of the random-zero and standard mercury sphygmomanometers.. Hypertension. 1988; 11 (3) : 269-72.|
|Van Horn LV, Liu K, Parker D, Emidy L, Liao YL, Pan WH, Giumetti D, Hewitt J, Stamler J Serum lipid response to oat product intake with a fat-modified diet.. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 1986; 86 (6) : 759-64.|
|Cate TR, Couch RB, Parker D, Baxter B Reactogenicity, immunogenicity, and antibody persistence in adults given inactivated influenza virus vaccines - 1978.. Reviews of infectious diseases. 1983; 5 (4) : 737-47.|
Dr. Donna Parker's research interests include:
1) Maternal and child health issues
- Smoking cessation and relapse prevention during pregnancy and the postpartum period, particularly among underserved populations;
- Preventing environmental tobacco smoke exposure to newborn infants;
- Postpartum depression among women with partner abuse;
2) Cardiovascular epidemiology
- Translating the ATP III Cholesterol Education Guidelines into Primary Care Practice (Co-PI and Director of Evaluation).
3) Translating COPD Guidelines into Primary Care Practice
Dr Parker was the Principal Investigator of the 5-year funded NIH study, Translating the COPD Guidelines into Primary Care Practice and is currently interested in smoking cessation interventions for COPD patients.
Dr. Parker was the Co-Principal Investigator on the Cholesterol Educational and Research Trial, a project that is using innovative techniques to activate patients and train primary care providers to improve adherence to the national cholesterol guidelines. She is also the Co-Principal Investigator on the NIMH-funded study, "Intervention for Poor Pregnant Women with Partner Abuse." This study involves examining the effectiveness of an intervention for pregnant women on public assistance who have experienced partner abuse within the last year. The aim of the study is to help reduce the risk of postpartum depression and/or postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder and increase the use of resources. She is also a Co-Investigator on an NIH-funded study to help maintain postpartum abstinence from tobacco using sustained telephone counseling and a Co-Investigator on the research study, "Reducing ETS Exposure of Pregnant Women and Newborns", which is an intervention research study to test tailored video as a method of helping women to avoid smoke exposure to their developing fetus or newborn.
Dr. Parker was the Co-Principal Investigator and program director of the New England SCRIPT Project (Smoking Cessation and Reduction in Pregnancy Trial), which was a five-year randomized clinical trial funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to assist low-income, underserved pregnant women to quit smoking and remain smoke free using one of three smoking cessation programs differing in complexity and costs.
NIH: "Translating the COPD Guidelines into Primary Care Practice."
Principal Investigator, 2009-2015 ($2,431,000)
NIH: "Intervention for Poor Pregnant Women with Partner Abuse"
Co-Principal Investigator, 2005-2008 ($527,133)
NIH: "Postpartum Maintenance of Abstinence from Tobacco Sustained Telephone Counseling"
Co-Investigator, 2004-2009 ($3,073,432)
Walmart Foundation (Funded by Walmart): "Reducing ETS Exposure of Pregnant Women and Newborns"
August 8, 2004 ($750 supplement)
NIH: "Reducing ETS Exposure of Pregnant Women and Newborns"
Principal Investigator (subcontract), 2004-2008 ($3,850,250)
"Translating ATP III Cholesterol Management Guidelines into Primary Care Practice"
Co-Principal Investigator, 2002-2007 ($2,628,655)
Funded by the NHLBI: "Smoking Cessation Program for Low Income Pregnant"
Co-Principal Investigator, 1997-2002 ($2,232,521)
Funded by the Rhode Island Foundation: "Biochemical Validation of Smoking Status Assessed with the Nicotine Metabolite Test Strip"
Principal Investigator, 1998 ($5,000)
1.Parker DR, Evangelos Evangelou, Eaton CB. Intraclass Correlation Coefficients for Cluster Randomized Trials in Primary Care: The Cholesterol Education and Research Trial (CEART) Contemporary Clinical Trials (Formerly Controlled Clinical Trials) 2005;26 (2):260-267.
2.Parker DR, Assaf AR. Community Interventions for Cardiovascular Disease. Prim Care 2005 Dec;32(4):865-81.
3.Assaf AR, Lapane KL, Parker DR, Coccio E, Carelton RA. Does the Y Chromosome Make A Difference? Gender Differences in Attempts to Change Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors, Journal of Women's Health & Gender-Based Medicine, 2003;12(4):321-330.
4.Parker DR, Lasater TM, Windsor R, Wilkins J, Upegui DA, Heimdal J. Accuracy of Self-Reported Smoking Status Assessed by Cotinine Test Strips. Nicotine and Tobacco Research 2002;4:305-309.
5.Assaf AR, Parker DR, Lapane KL, McKenney JL, Carelton RA. Are There Gender Differences in Self-Reported Smoking Practices?, Journal of Women's Health & Gender-Based Medicine, 2002;11(10):899-906.
6.Derby CA, Feldman H, Parker DR, Gans KM, Carleton RA. HDL Cholesterol in the Pawtucket Heart Health Program, 1981-1993. Annals of Epidemiology 1998;8 :84-91.
7.Parker DR, Lapane KL, Lasater TM, Carleton RA. Short Stature and Cardiovascular Disease Among Men and Women From Two Southeastern New England Communities. International Journal of Epidemiology 1998;27:970-975.
8.Parker DR, Derby CA, Gans KM, Lasater TM, Carleton RA. Dietary Factors in Relation to Weight Change in Men and Women from Two Southeastern New England Communities. International Journal of Obesity 1997;21:103-109.
9.Parker DR, McPhillips JB, Derby CA, Gans KM, Lasater TM, Carleton RA.High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Types of Alcoholic Beverages Consumed Among Men and Women. Am J Public Health 1996;86:1022-1027.
10.Parker DR, Derby CA, Usner DW, Lapane KL, Lasater TM, Carleton RA. A Comparison of Self-Reported Alcohol Consumption Using Two Different Question Formats in Men and Women from Southeastern New England. International Journal of Epidemiology 1996;25:770-774.
|1984||ScD||The Johns Hopkins University|
|1977||BS||Baylor College of Medicine|
|Postdoctoral Fellow||Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, cardiovascular epidemiology; biostatistics; nutrition; preventive cardiology||1984-1987||Chicago, IL|
|Assaf, Annlouise||Adjunct Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice|
|Clarke, Jennifer||Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology|
|Eaton, Charles||Professor of Family Medicine, Director of Primary Care and Prevention, Professor of Epidemiology|
|Goldman, Roberta||Clinical Professor of Family Medicine|
Fellow, American College of Epidemiology
Fellow, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association
Previous Liaison for the Minorities Committee to the Council of Epidemiology
and Prevention Membership Communications Committee
Previous Vice-Chair of the Minorities Committee, Council on
Epidemiology and Prevention of the American Heart Association
|Certification||National Board of Public Health Examiners, public health||2008-|
|Certification||National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, physician assistant||1977-|
|Director of Community Health and Research. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 2009-Present|
|Co-Principal Investigator. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 2005-2008|
|Associate Director of Community Health and Research. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 2004-2009|
|Co-Investigator. Brown University, 2004-2009|
|Principal Investigator. Brown University, 2003-2007|
|Co-Principal Investigator, Translating ATP III Cholestorol Management Guidelines into Primary Care Practice. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 2002-2007|
|Maternal and Child Health Research Faculty. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 1997-2004|
|Co-Principal Investigator and Project Director, Smoking Cessation/Reduction in Pregnancy Trial. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 1997-2002|
|Epidemiologist. Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, 1993-1996|
|Epidemiologist. Los Angeles Public Health Department, 1991-1993|
|Epidemiologist. VA Boston Healthcare System, 1988-1991|