Victoria A. Parker, DBA

Associate Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management
Victoria Parker
Talbot – 259 WEST
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Dr. Parker's primary research interests concern the roles and interactions of healthcare workers, especially those involved in the implementation of changed processes of care. She was the principal investigator of a study that examined the design of nursing care jobs and its effect on worker motivation, satisfaction and care quality. She has also served as co-investigator on a VA evaluation of three all-inclusive long-term care pilot programs to compare their effectiveness in reducing the use of hospital and nursing home care by frail elderly veterans, as well as other studies of care changes within the VA system. In addition, she is involved in ongoing private-sector consultation projects and teaches organizational behavior, human resource management, and managerial skills for problem solving. She directs the MPH certificate in healthcare management, co-directs MS and PhD programs in health services research, and serves as a member of the Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME). She received her DBA from the Boston University Graduate School of Management, concentrating in organizational behavior, and previously earned an EdM at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and currently serves as chair of the Healthcare management division of the Academy of Management, the international organization of management scholars.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center


  • Harvard University, EdM
  • Brown University, AB
  • Boston University, DBA

Classes Taught

  • SPHPH718
  • SPHPM714
  • SPHPM776
  • SPHPM931
  • SPHPM980


  • Published on 6/15/2017

    Louis CJ, Clark JR, Gray B, Brannon D, Parker V. Service line structure and decision-maker attention in three health systems: Implications for patient-centered care. Health Care Manage Rev. 2017 Jun 15. PMID: 28622200.

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  • Published on 5/30/2017

    Gunn CM, Parker VA, Bak SM, Ko N, Nelson KP, Battaglia TA. Social Network Structures of Breast Cancer Patients and the Contributing Role of Patient Navigators. Oncologist. 2017 May 30. PMID: 28559408.

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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 2/4/2016

    Manze MG, McCloskey L, Bokhour BG, Paasche-Orlow MK, Parker VA. The perceived role of clinicians in pregnancy prevention among young Black women. Sex Reprod Healthc. 2016 Jun; 8:19-24. PMID: 27179373.

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  • Published on 7/15/2015

    Lasser KE, Shanahan C, Parker V, Beers D, Xuan Z, Heymann O, Lange A, Liebschutz JM. A Multicomponent Intervention to Improve Primary Care Provider Adherence to Chronic Opioid Therapy Guidelines and Reduce Opioid Misuse: A Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial Protocol. J Subst Abuse Treat. 2016 Jan; 60:101-9. PMID: 26256769.

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  • 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. PMID: 25056768.

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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. PMID: 24820445.

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  • Published on 4/7/2014

    Goldenheim A, Oates D, Parker V, Russell M, Winter M, Silliman RA. Rehospitalization of older adults discharged to home hospice care. J Palliat Med. 2014 Jul; 17(7):841-4. PMID: 24708490.

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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. PMID: 23478753.

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  • Published on 12/31/2013

    Wohlgemuth CM, Auerbach HP, Parker VA. Advantages and Challenges: The Experience of Geriatrics Health Care Providers as Family Caregivers. Gerontologist. 2015 Aug; 55(4):595-604. PMID: 24381174.

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