Samantha Parker, MSPH

SParkerEntered BURPPE program May 2012

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. Currently, she is working with Dr. Martha Werler on a study of risk factors for spina bifida.

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 plans to focus her dissertation on reproductive history and the risk of preeclampsia.


  • Parker SE, Yazdy MM, Tinker SC, Mitchell AA, Werler MM. The impact of folic acid intake on the association between diabetes, obesity, and spina bifida. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013 (epub ahead of print).
  • Lind JN, Tinker SC, Broussard CS, Reefhuis J, Carmichael SL, Honein MA, Olney RS, Parker SE, Werler MM, and the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Maternal medication and herbal use and risk for hypospadias: data from the National Birth Defects Prevention Study, 1997-2007. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf 2013 (epub ahead of print).
  • Parker SE, Werler MM, Shaw GM, Anderka M, Yazdy MM. Dietary glycemic index and the risk of birth defects. Am J Epidemiol 2012;176(12):1110–20.
  • Parker SE, Mai CT, Canfield MA, Rickard R, Wang Y, Meyer RE, Anderson P, Mason CA, Collins JS, Kirby RS, Correa A, for the National Birth Defects Prevention Network. Updated national birth prevalence estimates for selected birth defects in the United States, 2004–2006. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 2010;88:1008-16.
  • Parker SE, Mai CT, Strickland MJ, Olney RS, Rickard R, Marengo L, Wang Y, Hashmi SS, Meyer RE. Multistate study of the epidemiology of clubfoot. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol 2009;85:897–904


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