Samantha E. Parker, PhD

Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Samantha Parker
Talbot – 425E
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Dr. Parker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health. Her research interests include understanding the relationship between prenatal exposures and infant and childhood outcomes and the role of adverse pregnancy outcomes in maternal health. Dr. Parker is the Principal Investigator on a K-01 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) to investigate the role of adverse pregnancy outcomes in the development of coronary heart disease. She served as a consultant for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika Response in 2016. She was awarded the Tyroler Lilienfeld Award (2014) by the Society of Epidemiologic Research for her dissertation work on preeclampsia. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University, where she was a trainee on the Boston University Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Training Grant, and her MSPH from Emory University. She has also previously worked at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Slone Epidemiology Center at Boston University. Dr. Parker teaches Intermediate Epidemiology and Applications of Intermediate Epidemiology.


  • Boston University School of Public Health, PhD
  • Emory University, MS
  • University of Miami, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHEP911


  • Published on 11/2/2017

    Werler MM, Parker SE. The Gastroschisis Puzzle: Where are We and What is Next? Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017 Nov; 31(6):560-562. PMID: 29096040.

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  • Published on 11/2/2017

    Kerr SM, Parker SE, Mitchell AA, Tinker SC, Werler MM. Periconceptional maternal fever, folic acid intake, and the risk for neural tube defects. Ann Epidemiol. 2017 Dec; 27(12):777-782.e1. PMID: 29133009.

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  • Published on 7/7/2017

    Harlow BL, Caron RE, Parker SE, Chatterjea D, Fox MP, Nguyen RHN. Recurrent Yeast Infections and Vulvodynia: Can We Believe Associations Based on Self-Reported Data? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2017 Oct; 26(10):1069-1076. PMID: 28686502.

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  • Published on 7/1/2017

    Peacock-Chambers E, Radesky JS, Parker SE, Zuckerman B, Lumeng JC, Silverstein M. Infant Regulatory Problems and Obesity in Early Childhood. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Jul; 17(5):523-528. PMID: 28669453.

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  • Published on 2/24/2017

    Parker SE, Werler MM, Gissler M, Surcel HM. Maternal Antibodies to Chlamydia trachomatis and Risk of Gastroschisis. Birth Defects Res. 2017 May 01; 109(8):543-549. PMID: 28398639.

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  • Published on 11/17/2016

    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. 2016 Dec 15; 184(12):902-912. PMID: 27856447.

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  • Published on 11/1/2016

    Cragan JD, Isenburg JL, Parker SE, Alverson CJ, Meyer RE, Stallings EB, Kirby RS, Lupo PJ, Liu JS, Seagroves A, Ethen MK, Cho SJ, Evans M, Liberman RF, Fornoff J, Browne ML, Rutkowski RE, Nance AE, Anderka M, Fox DJ, Steele A, Copeland G, Romitti PA, Mai CT. Population-based microcephaly surveillance in the United States, 2009 to 2013: An analysis of potential sources of variation. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2016 Nov; 106(11):972-982. PMID: 27891783.

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  • Published on 6/23/2016

    Parker SE, Lijewski VA, Janulewicz PA, Collett BR, Speltz ML, Werler MM. Upper respiratory infection during pregnancy and neurodevelopmental outcomes among offspring. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2016 Sep - Oct; 57:54-59. PMID: 27343815.

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  • Published on 5/8/2016

    Benedum CM, Yazdy MM, Parker SE, Mitchell AA, Werler MM. Association of Clomiphene and Assisted Reproductive Technologies With the Risk of Neural Tube Defects. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 Jun 01; 183(11):977-87. PMID: 27188944.

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  • Published on 2/16/2016

    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. 2016 Feb 16; 1-9. PMID: 26880155.

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