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 4/1/2015

    Delman J, Clark JA, Eisen SV, Parker VA. Facilitators and barriers to the active participation of clients with serious mental illnesses in medication decision making: the perceptions of young adult clients. J Behav Health Serv Res. 2015 Apr; 42(2):238-53.

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  • Published on 3/1/2015

    Perkins RB, Lin M, Silliman RA, Clark JA, Hanchate A. Why are u.s. Girls getting meningococcal but not human papilloma virus vaccines? Comparison of factors associated with human papilloma virus and meningococcal vaccination among adolescent girls 2008 to 2012. Womens Health Issues. 2015 Mar-Apr; 25(2):97-104.

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  • Published on 1/2/2015

    Eisen SV, Mueller LN, Chang BH, Resnick SG, Schultz MR, Clark JA. Mental health and quality of life among veterans employed as peer and vocational rehabilitation specialists. Psychiatr Serv. 2015 Apr 1; 66(4):381-8.

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  • Published on 11/1/2014

    Chan SH, Burgess JF, Clark JA, Mayo-Smith MF. Experience of the veterans health administration in massachusetts after state health care reform. Mil Med. 2014 Nov; 179(11):1288-92.

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  • Published on 9/1/2014

    Perkins RB, Clark JA, Apte G, Vercruysse JL, Sumner JJ, Wall-Haas CL, Rosenquist AW, Pierre-Joseph N. Missed opportunities for HPV vaccination in adolescent girls: a qualitative study. Pediatrics. 2014 Sep; 134(3):e666-74.

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  • Published on 5/22/2014

    Talcott JA, Manola J, Chen RC, Clark JA, Kaplan I, D''Amico AV, Zietman AL. Using patient-reported outcomes to assess and improve prostate cancer brachytherapy. BJU Int. 2014 Oct; 114(4):511-6.

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  • Published on 5/13/2014

    Gunn CM, Clark JA, Battaglia TA, Freund KM, Parker VA. An assessment of patient navigator activities in breast cancer patient navigation programs using a nine-principle framework. Health Serv Res. 2014 Oct; 49(5):1555-77.

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  • Published on 4/1/2014

    Pierre Joseph N, 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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