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Nate Parker, MPH, PhD

Program: Health Outcomes and Behavior

Overview

Dr. Parker’s research focuses on designing and evaluating exercise interventions, particularly involving resistance training, to improve cancer treatment outcomes and cancer survivorship.


Associations

    • Health Outcomes and Behavior
    • Gastrointestinal Oncology
    • Health Outcomes & Behavior Program

Education & Training

Graduate:

  • University of Texas School of Public Health, MPH - Epidemiology
  • University of Houston, PhD - Kinesiology
Research

Dr. Parker’s research focuses on designing and evaluating exercise interventions, particularly involving resistance training, to improve cancer treatment outcomes and cancer survivorship.

Publications

  • Robertson MC, Lee CY, Wu IH, Liao Y, Raber M, Parker N, Le T, Gatus L, Basen-Engquist KM. Changes in physical activity associated with the COVID-19 pandemic in individuals with overweight and obesity: an interrupted time series analysis with historical controls. J Behav Med. 2022 Apr.45(2):186-196. Pubmedid: 34698998. Pmcid: PMC8546384.
  • Sleight AG, Crowder SL, Skarbinski J, Coen P, Parker NH, Hoogland AI, Gonzalez BD, Playdon MC, Cole S, Ose J, Murayama Y, Siegel EM, Figueiredo JC, Jim HSL. A New Approach to Understanding Cancer-Related Fatigue: Leveraging the 3P Model to Facilitate Risk Prediction and Clinical Care. Cancers (Basel). 2022 Apr.14(8). Pubmedid: 35454890. Pmcid: PMC9027717.
  • Lee RE, Parker NH, Hallett AM, Kao D, Modelska MJ, Rifai HS, Soltero EG, O'Connor DP. Stakeholder perspectives and sustainability of an integrated care model for the prevention and management of obesity: the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (CORD) project. Transl Behav Med. 2021 Mar.11(2):393-407. Pubmedid: 32667038.
  • Soltero EG, Parker NH, Mama DrPH SK, Ledoux TA, Lee RE. Lessons Learned From Implementing of Garden Education Program in Early Child Care. Health Promot Pract. 2021 Mar.22(2):266-274. Pubmedid: 31470753. Pmcid: PMC9014813.
  • Parker NH, Gorzelitz J, Ngo-Huang A, Caan BJ, Prakash L, Garg N, Petzel MQB, Schadler K, Basen-Engquist K, Katz MHG. The Role of Home-Based Exercise in Maintaining Skeletal Muscle During Preoperative Pancreatic Cancer Treatment. Integr Cancer Ther. 2021 Jan.20. Pubmedid: 33870744. Pmcid: PMC8056559.
  • Carmack CL, Parker NH, Demark-Wahnefried W, Shely L, Baum G, Yuan Y, Giordano SH, Rodriguez-Bigas M, Pettaway C, Basen-Engquist K. Healthy Moves to Improve Lifestyle Behaviors of Cancer Survivors and Their Spouses: Feasibility and Preliminary Results of Intervention Efficacy. Nutrients. 2021 Dec.13(12). Pubmedid: 34960013. Pmcid: PMC8709140.
  • Parker NH, Katz MHG. ASO Author Reflections: It is Time to Prioritize Exercise in Pancreatic Cancer Survivorship. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Apr.28(4):2310-2311. Pubmedid: 32886285. Pmcid: PMC8300571.
  • Parker NH, Basen-Engquist K, Rubin ML, Li Y, Prakash L, Ngo-Huang A, Gorzelitz J, Ikoma N, Lee JE, Katz MHG. Factors Influencing Exercise Following Pancreatic Tumor Resection. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021 Apr.28(4):2299-2309. Pubmedid: 32886288.
  • Lee RE, Kao D, Parker NH, Hallett AM, Kochi CY, Modelska MJ, Rifai HS, O'Connor DP. Evaluating sustainability in the Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration project: the model and process. Arch Public Health. 2020 Feb.78:13. Pubmedid: 32082567. Pmcid: PMC7017491.
  • Florez Bedoya CA, Cardoso ACF, Parker N, Ngo-Huang A, Petzel MQ, Kim MP, Fogelman D, Romero SG, Wang H, Park M, Katz MHG, Schadler KL. Exercise during preoperative therapy increases tumor vascularity in pancreatic tumor patients. Sci Rep. 2019 Sep.9(1):13966. Pubmedid: 31562341. Pmcid: PMC6765012.
  • Parker NH, Ngo-Huang A, Lee RE, O'Connor DP, Basen-Engquist KM, Petzel MQB, Wang X, Xiao L, Fogelman DR, Schadler KL, Simpson RJ, Fleming JB, Lee JE, Varadhachary GR, Sahai SK, Katz MHG. Physical activity and exercise during preoperative pancreatic cancer treatment. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Jun.27(6):2275-2284. Pubmedid: 30334105. Pmcid: PMC8390123.
  • Ngo-Huang A, Holmes HM, des Bordes JKA, Parker NH, Fogelman D, Petzel MQB, Song J, Bruera E, Katz MHG. Association between frailty syndrome and survival in patients with pancreatic adenocarcinoma. Cancer Med. 2019 Jun.8(6):2867-2876. Pubmedid: 31033241. Pmcid: PMC6558581.
  • Ngo-Huang A, Parker NH, Bruera E, Lee RE, Simpson R, O'Connor DP, Petzel MQB, Fontillas RC, Schadler K, Xiao L, Wang X, Fogelman D, Sahai SK, Lee JE, Basen-Engquist K, Katz MHG. Home-Based Exercise Prehabilitation During Preoperative Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer Is Associated With Improvement in Physical Function and Quality of Life. Integr Cancer Ther. 2019 Jan.18. Pubmedid: 31858837. Pmcid: PMC7050956.
  • Parker NH, Lee RE, O'Connor DP, Ngo-Huang A, Petzel MQB, Schadler K, Wang X, Xiao L, Fogelman D, Simpson R, Fleming JB, Lee JE, Tzeng CD, Sahai SK, Basen-Engquist K, Katz MHG. Supports and Barriers to Home-Based Physical Activity During Preoperative Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer: A Mixed-Methods Study. J Phys Act Health. 2019 Dec.16(12):1113-1122. Pubmedid: 31592772. Pmcid: PMC8390122.
  • Parker NH, Arlinghaus KR, Johnston CA. Integrating Physical Activity Into Clinical Cancer Care. Am J Lifestyle Med. 2018 Mar.12(3):220-223. Pubmedid: 30283253. Pmcid: PMC6124961.
  • Cloyd JM, Nogueras-González GM, Prakash LR, Petzel MQB, Parker NH, Ngo-Huang AT, Fogelman D, Denbo JW, Garg N, Kim MP, Lee JE, Tzeng CD, Fleming JB, Katz MHG. Anthropometric Changes in Patients with Pancreatic Cancer Undergoing Preoperative Therapy and Pancreatoduodenectomy. J Gastrointest Surg. 2018 Apr.22(4):703-712. Pubmedid: 29230694. Pmcid: PMC6022283.
  • Chéry L, Borregales LD, Fellman B, Urbauer DL, Garg N, Parker N, Katz MHG, Wood CG, Karam JA. The Effects of Neoadjuvant Axitinib on Anthropometric Parameters in Patients With Locally Advanced Non-metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma. Urology. 2017 Oct.108:114-121. Pubmedid: 28705573. Pmcid: PMC5790178.
  • Lee RE, Parker NH, Soltero EG, Ledoux TA, Mama SK, McNeill L. Sustainability via Active Garden Education (SAGE): results from two feasibility pilot studies. BMC Public Health. 2017 Mar.17(1):242. Pubmedid: 28283032. Pmcid: PMC5345144.
  • Prakash L, Bhosale P, Cloyd J, Kim M, Parker N, Yao J, Dasari A, Halperin D, Aloia T, Lee JE, Vauthey JN, Fleming JB, Katz MH. Role of Fluorouracil, Doxorubicin, and Streptozocin Therapy in the Preoperative Treatment of Localized Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors. J Gastrointest Surg. 2017 Jan.21(1):155-163. Pubmedid: 27634306.
  • Cloyd JM, Tran Cao HS, Petzel MQ, Denbo JW, Parker NH, Nogueras-González GM, Liles JS, Kim MP, Lee JE, Vauthey JN, Aloia TA, Fleming JB, Katz MH. Impact of pancreatectomy on long-term patient-reported symptoms and quality of life in recurrence-free survivors of pancreatic and periampullary neoplasms. J Surg Oncol. 2017 Feb.115(2):144-150. Pubmedid: 27859270.
  • Ngo-Huang A, Parker NH, Wang X, Petzel MQB, Fogelman D, Schadler KL, Bruera E, Fleming JB, Lee JE, Katz MHG. Home-based exercise during preoperative therapy for pancreatic cancer. Langenbecks Arch Surg. 2017 Dec.402(8):1175-1185. Pubmedid: 28710540. Pmcid: PMC8372869.
  • Ngo-Huang A, Parker N, Martinez VA, Petzel MQ, Fogelman D, Holmes HM, Dhah SS, Katz M. Poster 68 Feasibility of a Prehabilitation Program for Patients with Potentially Resectable Pancreatic Cancer: Pilot Study. PM R. 2016 Sep.8(9S):S183. Pubmedid: 27672836.
  • Parker N, Atrooshi D, Lévesque L, Jauregui E, Barquera S, Taylor JL, Lee RE. Physical Activity and Anthropometric Characteristics Among Urban Youth in Mexico: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Phys Act Health. 2016 Oct.13(10):1063-1069. Pubmedid: 27256635. Pmcid: PMC8460133.
  • Mise Y, Day RW, Vauthey JN, Brudvik KW, Schwarz L, Prakash L, Parker NH, Katz MH, Conrad C, Lee JE, Fleming JB, Aloia TA. After Pancreatectomy, the “90 Days from Surgery” Definition Is Superior to the “30 Days from Discharge” Definition for Capture of Clinically Relevant Readmissions. J Gastrointest Surg. 2016 Jan.20(1):77-84. Pubmedid: 26493976.
  • Parker NH, O'Connor DP, Kao DT, Lee RE. Do Neighborhood Physical Activity Resources and Land Use Influence Physical Activity among African American Public Housing Residents?. J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2016 Aug.27(3):1330-1344. Pubmedid: 27524771. Pmcid: PMC8300560.
  • Layne CS, Parker NH, Soltero EG, Rosales Chavez J, O'Connor DP, Gallagher MR, Lee RE. Are physical activity studies in Hispanics meeting reporting guidelines for continuous monitoring technology? A systematic review. BMC Public Health. 2015 Sep.15:917. Pubmedid: 26384488. Pmcid: PMC4575489.
  • Schwarz L, Bruno M, Parker NH, Prakash L, Mise Y, Lee JE, Vauthey JN, Aloia TA, Conrad C, Fleming JB, Katz MH. Active Surveillance for Adverse Events Within 90 Days: The Standard for Reporting Surgical Outcomes After Pancreatectomy. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Oct.22(11):3522-3529. Pubmedid: 25694246.
  • Liu L, Katz MH, Lee SM, Fischer LK, Prakash L, Parker N, Wang H, Varadhachary GR, Wolff RA, Lee JE, Pisters PW, Maitra A, Fleming JB, Estrella J, Rashid A, Wang H. Superior Mesenteric Artery Margin of Posttherapy Pancreaticoduodenectomy and Prognosis in Patients With Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma. Am J Surg Pathol. 2015 Oct.39(10):1395-1403. Pubmedid: 26200098.
  • Lee RE, Hallett AM, Parker N, Kudia O, Kao D, Modelska M, Rifai H, O'Connor DP. Development of the policy indicator checklist: a tool to identify and measure policies for calorie-dense foods and sugar-sweetened beverages across multiple settings. Am J Public Health. 2015 May.105(5):1036-1043. Pubmedid: 25790397. Pmcid: PMC4386520.
  • Cooper AB, Slack R, Fogelman D, Holmes HM, Petzel M, Parker N, Balachandran A, Garg N, Ngo-Huang A, Varadhachary G, Evans DB, Lee JE, Aloia T, Conrad C, Vauthey JN, Fleming JB, Katz MH. Characterization of Anthropometric Changes that Occur During Neoadjuvant Therapy for Potentially Resectable Pancreatic Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Jul.22(7):2416-2423. Pubmedid: 25519927.
  • O'Connor DP, Lee RE, Mehta P, Thompson D, Bhargava A, Carlson C, Kao D, Layne CS, Ledoux T, O'Connor T, Rifai H, Gulley L, Hallett AM, Kudia O, Joseph S, Modelska M, Ortega D, Parker N, Stevens A. Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration project: cross-site evaluation methods. Child Obes. 2015 Feb.11(1):92-103. Pubmedid: 25679060. Pmcid: PMC4323026.
  • Mise Y, Vauthey JN, Zimmitti G, Parker NH, Conrad C, Aloia TA, Lee JE, Fleming JB, Katz MH. Ninety-day Postoperative Mortality Is a Legitimate Measure of Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgical Quality. Ann Surg. 2015 Dec.262(6):1071-1078. Pubmedid: 25590497. Pmcid: PMC4633391.
  • Cooper AB, Holmes HM, des Bordes JK, Fogelman D, Parker NH, Lee JE, Aloia TA, Vauthey JN, Fleming JB, Katz MH. Role of neoadjuvant therapy in the multimodality treatment of older patients with pancreatic cancer. J Am Coll Surg. 2014 Jul.219(1):111-120. Pubmedid: 24856952.
  • O'Connor TM, Cerin E, Lee RE, Parker N, Chen TA, Hughes SO, Mendoza JA, Baranowski T. Environmental and cultural correlates of physical activity parenting practices among Latino parents with preschool-aged children: Niños Activos. BMC Public Health. 2014 Jul.14:707. Pubmedid: 25011669. Pmcid: PMC4226995.
  • Vellani KH, Emery RJ, Parker N. Staffing benchmarks: a model for determining how many security officers are enough. J Healthc Prot Manage. 2012 Nov.28(2):1-11. Pubmedid: 22970614.
  • Petzel MQ, Parker NH, Valentine AD, Simard S, Nogueras-Gonzalez GM, Lee JE, Pisters PW, Vauthey JN, Fleming JB, Katz MH. Fear of cancer recurrence after curative pancreatectomy: a cross-sectional study in survivors of pancreatic and periampullary tumors. Ann Surg Oncol. 2012 Dec.19(13):4078-4084. Pubmedid: 22875648.

Grants

  • Title: Tele-Resistance Training During Chemotherapy for Advanced Upper Gastrointestinal Cancer
    Sponsor: Nat Institutes of Health
    PI: Parker, N.
  • Title: Developing Machine Learning Algorithms to Automatically Select Appropriate Images and Detect Body Composition Changes Using Computerized Tomography (CT) Scans
    Sponsor: Moffitt Cancer Center
    PI: Parker, N., CO-PI: Rasool, G.