Jack Clark

Jack A. Clark, PhD

Professor, Health Law, Policy & Management - Boston University School of Public Health


Jack A. Clark, PhD, is a medical sociologist interested in how people, as members of society, look after their health and the health of others, including their actions as users and providers of health care. Health, health problems, and remedies are constituted in social relations; they reflect habits, knowledge, and capabilities people have as members of society. Health services are patterns of these social relations. Thus, he conducts research in how people live with chronic diseases, use formal and informal health services, communicate with physicians and other providers of services, reach treatment decisions, and perceive the outcomes of health care. He has studied patients' decisions to persevere or withdraw from antiviral treatment for hepatitis C, the operations and effectiveness of patient navigation programs designed to facilitate access to cancer care and reduce social and economic disparities, and social interactions in recovery-oriented mental health groups and the work of peer mental health counselors, among other topics. He has mentored 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. 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. He currently teaches three courses. PM 826 critically examines patient-centered medical care by addressing patients' illness perceptions, use of health services, communication with clinicians, and outcomes of care as they relate to the social contexts of medical practices and patients’ lives. PM 864 is an introduction to the contemporary structure of health services. PM 866 is an introduction to social theory in explaining the evolution of health services, their organization, and their effectiveness with respect to the populations they may serve. From its founding in 1990 until his retirement from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2017, he was a member of the research faculty of the Center for Health Quality, Outcomes, and Economic Research at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.

Other Positions

  • Member, BU-BMC Cancer Center - Boston University
  • - Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp
  • - Boston Medical Center


  • University of Colorado Boulder, PhD Field of Study: Sociology
  • University of California, San Diego, BA Field of Study: Sociology


Classes Taught

  • SPHPM864
  • SPHPM866


  • Published on 6/4/2022

    Gray C, Arney J, Clark JA, Walling AM, Kanwal F, Naik AD. The chosen and the unchosen: How eligibility for liver transplant influences the lived experiences of patients with advanced liver disease. Soc Sci Med. 2022 Jul; 305:115113. PMID: 35690034.

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  • Published on 5/1/2022

    Choi S, Rosenbloom D, Stein MD, Raifman J, Clark JA. Differential Gateways, Facilitators, and Barriers to Substance Use Disorder Treatment for Pregnant Women and Mothers: A Scoping Systematic Review. J Addict Med. 2022 May-Jun 01; 16(3):e185-e196. PMID: 34380985.

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  • Published on 2/18/2022

    Arney J, Gray C, Clark JA, Smith D, Swank A, Matlock DD, Melcher J, Kanwal F, Naik AD. Prognosis conversations in advanced liver disease: A qualitative interview study with health professionals and patients. PLoS One. 2022; 17(2):e0263874. PMID: 35180233.

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  • Published on 10/29/2021

    Choi S, Stein MD, Raifman J, Rosenbloom D, Clark JA. Estimating the impact on initiating medications for opioid use disorder of state policies expanding Medicaid and prohibiting substance use during pregnancy. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2021 12 01; 229(Pt A):109162. PMID: 34768053.

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  • Published on 8/7/2021

    Choi S, Stein MD, Raifman J, Rosenbloom D, Clark JA. Motherhood, pregnancy and gateways to intervene in substance use disorder. Health Soc Care Community. 2022 Jul; 30(4):e1268-e1277. PMID: 34363426.

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  • Published on 7/1/2021

    Drainoni ML, Biancarelli D, Jansen E, Bernstein J, Joseph N, Eun TJ, Fenton AHTR, Clark JA, Hanchate A, Legler A, Schuch TJ, Leschly K, Perkins RB. Provider and Practice Experience Integrating the Dose-HPV Intervention into Clinical Practice. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2021 07 01; 41(3):195-201. PMID: 33973928.

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  • Published on 6/15/2020

    Perkins RB, Legler A, Jansen E, Bernstein J, Pierre-Joseph N, Eun TJ, Biancarelli DL, Schuch TJ, Leschly K, Fenton ATHR, Adams WG, Clark JA, Drainoni ML, Hanchate A. Improving HPV Vaccination Rates: A Stepped-Wedge Randomized Trial. Pediatrics. 2020 07; 146(1). PMID: 32540986.

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  • Published on 5/30/2020

    Miller C, Gurewich D, Garvin L, Pugatch M, Koppelman E, Pendergast J, Harrington K, Clark JA. Veterans Affairs and Rural Community Providers' Perspectives on Interorganizational Care Coordination: A Qualitative Analysis. J Rural Health. 2021 03; 37(2):417-425. PMID: 32472724.

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  • Published on 5/7/2020

    Wiener RS, Clark JA, Koppelman E, Bolton R, Fix GM, Slatore CG, Kathuria H. Patient vs Clinician Perspectives on Communication About Results of Lung Cancer Screening: A Qualitative Study. Chest. 2020 09; 158(3):1240-1249. PMID: 32387521.

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  • Published on 3/16/2020

    Kathuria H, Koppelman E, Borrelli B, Slatore CG, Clark JA, Lasser KE, Wiener RS. Patient-Physician Discussions on Lung Cancer Screening: A Missed Teachable Moment to Promote Smoking Cessation. Nicotine Tob Res. 2020 03 16; 22(3):431-439. PMID: 30476209.

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