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Jerry C. Parker, PhD

Dr. Jerry Parker is interim senior associate dean for research and a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the MU School of Medicine. He is also principal investigator for the LIGHT2 project. This three-year, $13.2 million project awarded in June 2012 will provide enhanced primary care to Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries receiving primary care in the University of Missouri Health System. Dr. Parker is also co-director of the MU Institute for Clinical and Translational Science and MU Coulter Translational Partnership Program.

Jerry Parker, PhD
Office: (573) 884-0042
MA204 Medical Sciences Building

As a researcher, Dr. Parker maintained continuous funding for more than 30 years. His interests encompass health informatics, health outcomes and comparative effectiveness research. For nearly 15 years, he was principal investigator and director of the Missouri Arthritis Rehabilitation Research and Training Center. He has served on the National Institutes of Health's National Advisory Board for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases and was a member of the NIH Consensus Panel on Traumatic Brain Injury. He has also served on national peer review panels for the NIH, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, VA, and Arthritis Foundation.

In 1990, Dr. Parker received the Merit Award from the Arthritis Health Professions Association in recognition of "outstanding clinical scholarship in rheumatology." In 2008, he received the Distinguished Service Award for lifetime achievement from the National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers, and he published, with Dr. Esther Thorson, the book "Health Communication in the New Media Landscape," which provides a scholarly overview of the use of digital technologies for promoting behavioral change and community engagement.

A psychologist, Dr. Parker received his master's degree from Xavier University and a doctorate from the University of Missouri in Columbia.

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