Jack A. Clark, PhD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Jack Clark
(617) 414-1438jaclark@bu.edu


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

  • Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp
  • Boston Medical Center


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHPM755
  • SPHPM814


  • Published on 5/31/2017

    Jang JW, Drumm MR, Efstathiou JA, Paly JJ, Niemierko A, Ancukiewicz M, Talcott JA, Clark JA, Zietman AL. Long-term quality of life after definitive treatment for prostate cancer: patient-reported outcomes in the second posttreatment decade. Cancer Med. 2017 Jul; 6(7):1827-1836. PMID: 28560840.

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  • Published on 2/20/2017

    Gesthalter YB, Koppelman E, Bolton R, Slatore CG, Yoon SH, Cain HC, Tanner NT, Au DH, Clark JA, Wiener RS. Evaluations of Implementation at Early-Adopting Lung Cancer Screening Programs: Lessons Learned. Chest. 2017 Jul; 152(1):70-80. PMID: 28223153.

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  • Published on 1/1/2017

    Gunn C, Battaglia TA, Parker VA, Clark JA, Paskett ED, Calhoun E, Snyder FR, Bergling E, Freund KM. What Makes Patient Navigation Most Effective: Defining Useful Tasks and Networks. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2017; 28(2):663-676. PMID: 28529216.

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  • Published on 10/1/2016

    Tukey MH, Clark JA, Bolton R, Kelley MJ, Slatore CG, Au DH, Wiener RS. Readiness for Implementation of Lung Cancer Screening. A National Survey of Veterans Affairs Pulmonologists. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2016 Oct; 13(10):1794-1801. PMID: 27409524.

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  • Published on 4/15/2016

    Perkins R, Chigurupati N, Apte G, Vercruysse J, Wall-Haas C, Rosenquist A, Lee L, Clark J, Pierre-Joseph N. Why don't adolescents finish the HPV vaccine series? A qualitative study of parents and providers. Human Vaccines and Immunotherapeutics. 2016; 12(6):1528-1535.

  • Published on 3/15/2016

    Iaccarino J, Clark J, Bolton R, Kinsinger L, Kelley M, Slatore C, Au D, Wiener R. A national survey of pulmonologists’ views on low-dose CT screening for lung cancer. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2016; 12:1667-1675.

  • Published on 3/7/2016

    Freiman MR, Clark JA, Slatore CG, Gould MK, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Wiener RS. Patients' Knowledge, Beliefs, and Distress Associated with Detection and Evaluation of Incidental Pulmonary Nodules for Cancer: Results from a Multicenter Survey. J Thorac Oncol. 2016 May; 11(5):700-8. PMID: 26961390.

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  • Published on 2/15/2016

    Allensworth-Davies D, Talcott J. Heeren T, de Vries B, Blank T, Clark J. The health effects of masculine self-esteem following treatment for localized prostate cancer among gay men. LGBT Health. 2016; 3:49-56.

  • Published on 1/25/2016

    Perkins RB, Chigurupati NL, Apte G, Vercruysse J, Wall-Haas C, Rosenquist A, Lee L, Clark JA, Pierre-Joseph N. Why don't adolescents finish the HPV vaccine series? A qualitative study of parents and providers. Hum Vaccin Immunother. 2016 Jun 02; 12(6):1528-35. PMID: 26810765.

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  • Published on 12/24/2015

    Allensworth-Davies D, Talcott JA, Heeren T, de Vries B, Blank TO, Clark JA. The Health Effects of Masculine Self-Esteem Following Treatment for Localized Prostate Cancer Among Gay Men. LGBT Health. 2015 Dec 24. PMID: 26698658.

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