Samantha E Parker, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Epidemiology

PhD, Boston University School of Public Health
MS, Emory University

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.

2016 Boston University School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching
2014 Society of Epidemiologic Research: Tyroler Lilienfeld Prize Paper Award

Coronary Heart Disease in Black Women: The Role of Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
08/15/2016 - 05/31/2021 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Exploring Modifiable Factors for Folic Acid Resistant Spina Bifida
09/01/2015 - 08/31/2018 (Co-PI)
PI: Martha Werler, DSc
HHS/CDC/National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

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  1. Dukhovny S, Van Bennekom CM, Gagnon DR, Hernandez Diaz S, Parker SE, Anderka M, Werler MM, Mitchell AA. Metformin in the first trimester and risks for specific birth defects in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. Birth Defects Res. 2018 Feb 01.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29388358.
  2. Werler MM, Parker SE. The Gastroschisis Puzzle: Where are We and What is Next? Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017 Nov; 31(6):560-562.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29096040.
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29133009.
  4. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28686502.
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28669453.
  6. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28398639; DOI: 10.1002/bdr2.1001;.
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27856447.
  8. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27891783; DOI: 10.1002/bdra.23587;.
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27343815; DOI: 10.1016/;.
  10. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27188944; PMCID: PMC4887580; DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwv322;.
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