Sarah Henrickson Parker
Dr. Sarah Parker is the Chair of Health Systems and Implementation Science at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She has over 15 years of experience applying human factors and industrial/organizational psychology principles to healthcare. Sarah Parker received her BA in psychology from Wittenberg University in Springfield OH and her MA in human factors and applied cognition from George Mason University in Fairfax VA. Prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked at Mayo Clinic applying human factors principles to various inpatient quality and safety challenges. She then pursued her PhD at University of Aberdeen in Scotland. She was a Ruth L. Kirschstein Post Doctoral Fellow, focusing on team coordination during trauma resuscitation. Her research has been funded by the NIH, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and many other local and national foundations. Dr. Parker’s research interests include team performance and communication in high risk settings, applying innovative methods to better understand human performance, implementation science and using human centered design to improve healthcare delivery.