Sharon D Parker

Associate Professor

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
College of Health & Human Sciences

Sociology & Social Work

Gibbs Hall 102C
B.S.Business Administration and Economics / Greensboro College
M.S.Adult Education / North Carolina A&T State University
MSWSocial Work / University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D.Social Work / The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PostdocSchool of Medicine Department of Infectious Diseases / The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


Dr. Parker is a health disparities researcher examining the structural, social, behavioral, and biological factors influencing the transmission of infectious diseases with a primary focus on HIV among African Americans and other vulnerable populations. She examines the interconnectedness of HIV, concurrent sexual relationships, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, and gender inequality among criminal justice involved individuals and other high-risk populations.

Research Interests

Dr. Parker’s primary interest is infectious diseases. For several years she has been engaged in randomized control trials funded by the NIH and the CDC. She engages in a multidisciplinary approach in the areas of both research and clinical practice. Translational research is incorporated into her work in order to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations. Dr. Parker is engaged in biomedical research examining the use of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) with men who have sex with men (MSM) and heterosexual women to reduce the transmission of HIV among high-risk populations.

Recent Publications

  • Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Phillip Chan, Katerina Christopoulous, Emily Dauria, Jaimie Meyer, Sharon Parker, Marina Tolou-Shams (2018). (The Path to Implementation of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for People Involved in Criminal Justice Systems). ). Current HIV/AIDS Reports.
  • Bishop, , Brooke, , Dardick, , Oluwakemi, , Owens, , Carol Golin, Sharon Parker (2017). (Poverty, personal experiences of violence, and mental health: Understanding their complex intersections among low-income women). (Poverty in the United States ) ). Springer.
  • Ann Kirkwood, Sharon Parker, Chandra Story , Bridget Weller (2016). (Evaluation of the Better Todays/Better Tomorrows Youth Suicide prevention program: Increasing mental health literacy in rural communities, Best Practices in Mental Health,). (1) 12, pp. 14-25 ). Best Practices in Mental Health.
  • Trisha Arnold, Curt Beckwith, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein, Philip Chan, Annie Gjelsvik, Julia Harvey, Brandon Marshall, Leandro Mena, Amy Nunn, Sharon Parker, Reginald Riggins (2016). ("Condom Use and Incarceration among STD Clinic Attendees in the Deep South). (DOI 10.1186/s12889-016-3590-z) 16, pp. 971-979 ). BMC-Public Health.
  • Olivia Branscomb-Burgess, Catherine Fogel, Deborah Gelaude, Jeffery Herbst, Sharon Parker, Seth Peth (2016). (Risk Profiles of Women Experiencing Initial and Repeat Incarcerations: Implications for Prevention Programs). (4) 28, pp. 299-311 ). AIDS Education and Prevention.
  • Geetanjoli Banerjee, Phillip Chan, Julia Harvey, Emily Nichols, Amy Nunn, Patrick Oleskey, Sharon Parker, Thomas Stopka, Caitlin Towey, Stacey Trooskin, AnnaJane Yolken (2016). (Routine HIV Screening in an Urban Community Health Center: Results from a Geographically Focused Implementation Science Program). (Supplement 1) 131, pp. 30-40 ). Public Health Reports.
  • Laura Beauchamps, Philip Chan, Rupa Ingram Fogel, Kenneth Mayer, Leandro Mena , Matthew Mimiaga, Amy Nunn , Catherine Oldenburg, Sharon Parker, Amaya Perez-Brumer (2016). (Retention in care outcomes for HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis implementation programmes among men who have sex with men in three US Cities ). ). Journal of the International AIDS Society .
  • Arti Barnes, Nancy Barnett, Lauren Brinkley-Rubinstein , Philip Chan, Sarah MacCarthy, Brandon Marshall, Leandro Mena, Amy Nunn , Sharon Parker, Amaya Perez-Brummer, Jennifer Rose, Caitlin Towey (2015). (Individual and partner level-factors associated with condom non-use among African American STI clinic attendees in the deep South: An event-level analysis). ). AIDS and Behavior.
  • Clarie Farel , Jenna Garrett, Carol Golin, Danielle Haley, Sharon Parker, David Rosen, Anna Scheyett, David Wohl (2014). (Multilevel challenges to engagement in HIV care after prison release: a theory-informed qualitative study comparing prisoners' perspectives before and after community reentry). (1253) 14, pp. 15 ). BMC Public Health.
  • Arti Barnes, Nancy Barnett, Nicholas Chamberlain, Philip Chan, Alexandra Cornwall, Sarah MacCarthy, Leandro Mena, Elya Moore, Amy Nunn, Sharon Parker, Reginald Riggins, Jennifer Rose, Dantrell Simmons, Annajane Yolken (2014). (Prevalence and predictors of concurrent sexual partnerships in a predominantly African American population in Jackson, Mississippi). (12) 18, pp. 2457-68 ). AIDS and Behavior.