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

EdM, Harvard University
DBA, Boston University
DBA, Bentley 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 several projects related to the organization of care and care changes within the VA healthcare system. In addition, she has taught organizational behavior, human resource management, and managerial skills for problem solving. She was the founding director of the MPH certificate in healthcare management, and led the successful initial bid for CAHME (Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education) accreditation. She served 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 recently completed her term as chair of the Healthcare management division of the Academy of Management, the international organization of management scholars. She currently serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Faculty Administration in the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire, and remains involved in the education of BU DrPH students.

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

Implementing Opioid Risk Reduction Strategies into Primary Care Practice
07/01/2016 - 06/30/2018 (PI of Sub-Project / SP)
PI: Ziming Xuan, ScD, SM, MA
Boston Medical Center Corporation NIH NIDA

Personnel agreement for research services of Vicky Parker
05/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
Department of Veterans Administration, Bedford

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

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

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 Quality

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

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  1. Gunn CM, Bokhour BG, Parker VA, Battaglia TA, Parker PA, Fagerlin A, McCaskill-Stevens W, Bandos H, Blakeslee SB, Holmberg C. Understanding Decision Making about Breast Cancer Prevention in Action: The Intersection of Perceived Risk, Perceived Control, and Social Context: NRG Oncology/NSABP DMP-1. Med Decis Making. 2019 04; 39(3):217-227.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30803311.
  2. 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. 2019 Jan/Mar; 44(1):41-56.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28622200.
  3. 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. 2019 Jan/Feb; 42(1):3-11.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28661894.
  4. Fix GM, Hyde JK, Bolton RE, Parker VA, Dvorin K, Wu J, Skolnik AA, McInnes DK, Midboe AM, Asch SM, Gifford AL, Bokhour BG. The moral discourse of HIV providers within their organizational context: An ethnographic case study. Patient Educ Couns. 2018 12; 101(12):2226-2232.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30131263; DOI: 10.1016/j.pec.2018.08.018;.
  5. Young ME, Demers LB, Parker V, Day H, Chao S. Posthospital home visit as teaching tool for internal medicine residents. Gerontol Geriatr Educ. 2018 Jul 18; 1-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30020032.
  6. Parker V, Engle RL, Afable MK, Tyler DA, Gormley K, Stolzmann K, Shwartz M, Sullivan JL. Staff-perceived Conflict between Resident-centered Care and Quality in the Skilled Nursing Facility: Are Both Possible? Clin Gerontol. 2019 May-Jun; 42(3):267-276.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29733754.
  7. Liebschutz JM, Lange AV, Heymann OD, Lasser KE, Corey P, Shanahan CW, Kopinski HS, Husain JM, Cushman PA, Parker VA. Communication between nurse care managers and patients who take opioids for chronic pain: Strategies for exploring aberrant behavior. J Opioid Manag. 2018 May/Jun; 14(3):191-202.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30044484.
  8. Sullivan JL, Engle RL, Tyler D, Afable MK, Gormley K, Shwartz M, Adjognon O, Parker VA. Is Variation in Resident-Centered Care and Quality Performance Related to Health System Factors in Veterans Health Administration Nursing Homes? Inquiry. 2018 Jan-Dec; 55:46958018787031.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30047811.
  9. Palmer JA, Parker VA, Berlowitz D, Snow AL, Hartmann CW. Resident Choice: A Nursing Home Staff Perspective on Tensions and Resolutions. Geriatr Nurs. 2018 May - Jun; 39(3):271-278.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29129450.
  10. 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.
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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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