Victoria A. Parker, DBA
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Health Law, Policy & Management

EdM, Harvard University
DBA, Boston University



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.

Boston Medical Center



2012 BU SPH: Teaching Award for PM 776
2011-2012 BU SPH: Scotch award for excellence in teaching
2010 Boston University School of Public Health: Teaching award for for PM 776
2005 Health Care Management Division, Academy of Management: Best reviewer award
2000 Annual VA HSR&D meeting: Post-doctoral poster award
1998 Annual VA HSR&D meeting: Post-doctoral poster award
1997 Beta Gamma Sigma honor society


Personnel agreement for research services of Vicky Parker
05/01/2016 - 04/30/2018 (PI)
Department of Veterans Administration, B


Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA
4R01DA034252-05

Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice
07/15/2012 - 06/30/2017 (PI)
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA
5R01DA034252-02

Personnel Agreement for Research Service for Victoria Parker
10/01/2014 - 02/29/2016 (PI)
Department of Veterans Administration, B


Personnel agreement for research services of Victoria Parker
08/22/2013 - 02/29/2016 (PI)
Providence VA Medical Center


Personnel agreement for research services of Victoria Parker
05/01/2012 - 02/29/2016 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System


Reduction of Infections Caused by Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae
10/01/2009 - 06/30/2012 (PI)
HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Q


Better Jobs Better Care-Building a Strong Long-Term Care Workforce
01/01/2004 - 11/30/2006 (PI)
Atlantic Philanthropies

Better Jobs Better Care-Building a Strong Long-Term Care Workforce
01/01/2004 - 11/30/2006 (PI)
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Task Design, Motivation and Nursing Home Care Quality
09/30/2001 - 09/29/2004 (PI)
HHS/Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
5 R01 HS12031 02


Seeing is Not Falling
01/01/2012 - 12/31/2013 (PI)
Mass Association for the Blind Sara Elizabeth O'Bri


Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Palmer JA, Parker VA, Berlowitz D, Snow AL, Hartmann CW. Resident Choice: A Nursing Home Staff Perspective on Tensions and Resolutions. Geriatr Nurs. 2017 Nov 09.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29129450.
  2. Liebschutz JM, Xuan Z, Shanahan CW, LaRochelle M, Keosaian J, Beers D, Guara G, O''Connor K, Alford DP, Parker V, Weiss RD, Samet JH, Crosson J, Cushman PA, Lasser KE. Improving Adherence to Long-term Opioid Therapy Guidelines to Reduce Opioid Misuse in Primary Care: A Cluster-Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Intern Med. 2017 Sep 01; 177(9):1265-1272.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28715535.
  3. Engle RL, Tyler DA, Gormley KE, Afable MK, Curyto K, Adjognon OL, Parker VA, Sullivan JL. Identifying barriers to culture change: A qualitative analysis of the obstacles to delivering resident-centered care. Psychol Serv. 2017 Aug; 14(3):316-326.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28805416.
  4. Gunn CM, Bokhour B, Parker VA, Parker PA, Blakeslee S, Bandos H, Holmberg C. Exploring Explanatory Models of Risk in Breast Cancer Risk Counseling Discussions: NSABP/NRG Oncology Decision-Making Project 1. Cancer Nurs. 2017 Jun 28.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28661894.
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28622200.
  6. 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 Aug; 22(8):918-924.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28559408.
  7. Palmer JA, Parker VA, Burgess JF, Berlowitz D, Lynn Snow A, Mitchell SL, Hartmann CW. Developing the Supporting Choice Observational Tool (SCOT): A Formative Assessment Tool to Assist Nursing Home Staff in Realizing Resident Choice. Res Gerontol Nurs. 2017 May 01; 10(3):129-138.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28541589; DOI: 10.3928/19404921-20170411-01;.
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28529216; DOI: 10.1353/hpu.2017.0066;.
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27179373; DOI: 10.1016/j.srhc.2016.01.003;.
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26256769; DOI: 10.1016/j.jsat.2015.06.018;.
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In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

long-term care
organization and administration
organizational innovation

I am a woman who has juggled career and family (3 children) for many years. Earlier in my career, I studied work/life integration and thus it has long been an area of both personal and professional interest. My research interests focus on the application of organizational theory to healthcare settings and especially the experiences of healthcare workers, and my methodological strength is in the use of qualitative field research techniques. I believe in a mentoring team approach as no one person can provide all the mentoring needed, and often a diversity of opinions and advice can be most helpful.

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  • Diversity Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
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