Samantha Parker, PhD, MSPH

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Entered BURPPE program May 2012
Graduated 2014

Brief Biography

Samantha graduated with a BS in chemistry from the University of Miami in 2007. In 2009, she earned a MSPH in Environmental Health and Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. During her years at Emory, Samantha was a work-study student at the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where she was part of the Birth Defects Surveillance team.  After graduation, she stayed at the CDC for a year-long fellowship program in which she was involved in projects on estimating the prevalence of birth defects in the United States and timely ascertainment of cases of neural tube defects. Samantha moved to Boston in 2010 to enroll in the epidemiology doctoral program at Boston University. She worked as a student intern at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health where she conducted research on survival among infants with birth defects and with Dr. Martha Werler on a study of risk factors for spina bifida. Samantha graduated in 2014 and is currently an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at BUSPH and was awarded a K01 award in 2016. The study is titled Coronary Heart Disease in Black Women: The Role of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes.

Research Interests

Samantha’s research interests include environmental risk factors and birth defects, the inclusion of prenatal diagnosis and pregnancy outcome data to enhance birth defects research, and reproductive history and future reproductive outcomes.  She focused her dissertation on reproductive history and the risk of preeclampsia. At present, she is studying cardiovascular outcomes in women affected by preeclampsia.


Accepted Publications:

  1. Parker SE, Collett BR, Speltz ML, Werler MM. Prenatal Smoking and Childhood Behavior Problems: Is the Association Mediated by Birth Weight? J Dev Orig Health Dis (in press)
  2. Benedum CM, Yazdy MM, Parker SE, Mitchel AA, Werler MM. Association of Clomiphene and Assisted Reproductive Technologies on the Risk for Neural Tube Defects. Am J Epidemiol (in press).
  3. Werler MM, Parker SE, Hedman K, Gissler M, Ritvanen A, Surcel HM. Maternal Antibodies to Herpes Virus Antigens and Risk of Gastroschisis in Offspring. Am J Epidemiol (in press)

A full list of Samantha’s publications can be found on her BUSPH profile page:

Samantha Parker, PhD


  • Modern Epidemiology, Fall 2010
  • Statistics for Epidemiology, Fall 2010
  • Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis, Spring 2011
  • Advanced Epidemiology Seminar, Spring 2011