Jack A. Clark, PhD

Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management
Jack Clark
(617) 414-1438jaclark@bu.edu
Talbot – T250W
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Jack A. Clark, PhD, is a medical sociologist who conducts research in how people live with chronic diseases, use health services, communicate with physicians, reach treatment decisions, and perceive the outcomes of health care.  He is presently leading a study of patients’ decisions to persevere or withdraw from antiviral treatment for hepatitis C, focused on patients’ perceptions of the challenges they face in long, usually arduous courses of treatment, their interactions with clinicians and the social contexts of their lives. He is also collaborating in several studies of patient navigation programs designed to facilitate access to cancer care and reduce social and economic disparities, and studies of the interaction and outcomes of recovery-oriented mental health groups and the work of peer mental health counselors. He currently mentors VA and BU medical faculty members in their research on clinical communication affecting HPV vaccination decisions and shared decision making in the management of incidental pulmonary nodules. He has long been involved in research in cancer care. His research has helped to define patient centered, psychosocial outcomes of treatment decisions for prostate cancer. More recently he has collaborated on investigations of access to follow up care for women who participate in breast or cervical cancer screening, and the role of patient navigation in facilitating access. He has developed patient-based measures to monitor changes in bodily function, the psychosocial effects of bodily dysfunction, and quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer. His studies typically seek to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods.  Previous research has included studies of men’s narrative accounts of their experiences with diagnoses, reaching difficult treatment decisions, and living with the outcomes of their decisions in dealing with prostate cancer.    He currently teaches two courses. PM 826 addresses patients’ illness perceptions, use of health services, communication with clinicians, and outcomes of care as they relate to social class, gender, and culture. PM 814 is an introduction to health services and contemporary theoretical and empirical issues in health services research. Since its founding in 1990, he has been a member of the research faculty of the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research, a VA HSR&D Center of Excellence at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.

Other Positions:

  • Assistant Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp
  • Boston Medical Center


  • University of California-San Diego, BA
  • University of Colorado, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM755
  • SPHPM814
  • SPHPM826


  • Published on 4/1/2014

    Joseph NP, Clark JA, Mercilus G, Wilbur M, Figaro J, Perkins R. Racial and Ethnic Differences in HPV Knowledge, Attitudes, and Vaccination Rates among Low-income African-American, Haitian, Latina, and Caucasian Young Adult Women. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2014 Apr; 27(2):83-92.

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  • Published on 4/1/2014

    Clark JA, Parker VA, Battaglia TA, Freund KM. Patterns of task and network actions performed by navigators to facilitate cancer care. Health Care Manage Rev. 2014 Apr-Jun; 39(2):90-101.

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  • Published on 3/1/2014

    Beehler S, Clark JA, Eisen SV. Participant experiences in peer- and clinician-facilitated mental health recovery groups for veterans. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2014 Mar; 37(1):43-50.

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  • Published on 11/5/2013

    Lerner B, Roberts JS, Shwartz M, Roter DL, Green RC, Clark JA. Distinct communication patterns during genetic counseling for late-onset Alzheimer''s risk assessment. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Feb; 94(2):170-9.

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  • Published on 9/1/2013

    Jean-Pierre P, Winters PC, Clark JA, Warren-Mears V, Wells KJ, Post DM, LaVerda N, Van Duyn MA, Fiscella K. Do better-rated navigators improve patient satisfaction with cancer-related care? J Cancer Educ. 2013 Sep; 28(3):527-34.

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  • Published on 5/22/2013

    Chan K, Lai MN, Groessl EJ, Hanchate AD, Wong JB, Clark JA, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Ho SB. Cost effectiveness of direct-acting antiviral therapy for treatment-naive patients with chronic HCV genotype 1 infection in the veterans health administration. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2013 Nov; 11(11):1503-10.

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  • Published on 5/1/2013

    Perkins RB, Clark JA. Providers'' perceptions of parental concerns about HPV vaccination. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 May; 24(2):828-39.

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  • Published on 3/21/2013

    Victorson DE, Brucker PS, Bode RK, Eton DT, Talcott JA, Clark JA, Knight SJ, Litwin MS, Moinpour CM, Reeve BB, Aaronson NK, Bennett CL, Herr HW, McGuire M, Shevrin D, McVary K, Cella D. Ensuring comprehensive assessment of urinary problems in prostate cancer through patient-physician concordance. Urol Oncol. 2014 Jan; 32(1):26.e25-31.

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  • Published on 3/1/2013

    Wiener RS, Gould MK, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Clark JA. What do you mean, a spot?: A qualitative analysis of patients' reactions to discussions with their physicians about pulmonary nodules. Chest. 2013 Mar; 143(3):672-7.

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  • Published on 1/29/2013

    Perkins RB, Tipton H, Shu E, Marquez C, Belizaire M, Porter C, Clark JA, Pierre-Joseph N. Attitudes toward HPV vaccination among low-income and minority parents of sons: a qualitative analysis. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Mar; 52(3):231-40.

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