Jack A. Clark, PhD
Boston University School of Public Health
Health Law, Policy & Management

PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
BA, University of California, San Diego

Jack A. Clark, PhD. I practice medical sociology in health services and policy research. My interests focus on 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. Fundamental to my work are ideas that health, health problems, remedial actions, service organizations, and related social institutions are constituted in social relations; they reflect habits, knowledge, and capabilities people have as members of society, such as their uses of language. They also reflect their authority and power as individuals and as members of social groups. Health services, both formal and informal, are patterns of these social relations. I have conducted research in how people live with chronic diseases, turn to formal and informal health services, communicate with providers of care or services, reach treatment decisions, and live with the outcomes of health care. I have worked closely with medical researchers in articulating sociological frames for diverse studies of clinical practices: patient-centered communication, treatment of early prostate cancer and its outcomes, patients’ adherence and perseverance in antiviral treatment for hepatitis C, practices of patient navigators in cancer care, negotiations between clinicians and parents regarding HPV vaccination of children, management of incidentally discovered pulmonary nodules, and the selection of candidates for liver transplantation. In many studies I have mentored faculty and students in their research. My research typically seeks to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods, albeit from a perspective strongly informed by ethnography and related methods for the analysis of social interaction, discourse, and narrative. Much of my career was spent in health services research and development in the Department of Veterans Affairs, serving as a member of the faculty of the HSR&D program at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA, from the program’s founding in 1990 until my retirement from the VA in 2018.

Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center

Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp

Boston Medical Center

Youth in Emergency: how and why youth of color use psychological stabilization services
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2023 (Key Person / Mentor)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Jack Clark
07/01/2018 - 09/30/2020 (PI)
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Improving Provider HPV Vaccine Conversations Through Education and Training
01/01/2016 - 12/31/2019 (Co-Investigator of Sub-Project / SP)
Boston Medical Center Corporation Amer Cancer Society

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Jack Clark
02/01/2019 - 09/30/2019 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Personnel Agreement for Research Services of Jack Clark
08/01/2018 - 10/31/2018 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

Racial Differences in Prostate Cancer: Influence of Health Care and Host Tumor Biology
09/01/2003 - 08/31/2009 (PI)
University of North Carolina DOD Army

Long Term Outcomes of Alternative Brachytherapy Techniques for Early Prostate Cancer
12/30/2004 - 09/29/2008 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital DOD Army Med Resrch

Task 1 Evaluation of the Effects of Sen-Sei-Ro in Cancer Patients
10/30/2005 - 04/30/2007 (PI)
Sundory (Japan)

Living with Early Prostate Cancer: Decisions and Outcomes
07/09/2001 - 08/08/2005 (PI)
Department of Defense/Army

Outcomes of Alternative Techniques for Brachytherapy
03/01/2002 - 02/28/2005 (PI)
Massachusetts General Hospital DOD Army

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  1. Shafer PR, Davis A, Clark JA. Finding social need-les in a haystack: ascertaining social needs of Medicare patients recorded in the notes of care managers. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Dec 12; 23(1):1400.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38087286; PMCID: PMC10717654; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-10446-2;
  2. Gillespie C, Wiener RS, Clark JA. Patient Experience of Managing Adherence to Repeat Lung Cancer Screening. J Patient Exp. 2022; 9:23743735221126146.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36187210; PMCID: PMC9515519; DOI: 10.1177/23743735221126146;
  3. Arney J, Gray C, Walling AM, Clark JA, Smith D, Melcher J, Asch S, Kanwal F, Naik AD. Two mental models of integrated care for advanced liver disease: qualitative study of multidisciplinary health professionals. BMJ Open. 2022 Sep 05; 12(9):e062836. PMID: 36691142; PMCID: PMC9445787; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2022-062836;
  4. 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; PMCID: PMC9319489; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115113;
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34380985; PMCID: PMC8828806; DOI: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000909;
  6. 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; PMCID: PMC8856527; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0263874;
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34768053; PMCID: PMC8671210; DOI: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.109162;
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34363426; PMCID: PMC8818808; DOI: 10.1111/hsc.13534;
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33973928; PMCID: PMC8881994; DOI: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000363;
  10. 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).View Related Profiles. PMID: 32540986
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