Dr. Nathan (Nate) Parker joined the Department of Kinesiology at Rice University as a lecturer in 2017 and is currently teaching Exercise Physiology. Dr. Parker graduated from Lafayette College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, from the University of Texas School of Public Health with a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology, and from the University of Houston with a Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology. Dr. Parker is currently completing a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Behavioral Science at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he is researching the role of exercise in cancer survivorship.
Dr. Parker has worked on community-level research projects involving obesity prevention and physical activity promotion at the University of Houston and on clinical research projects involving health-related quality of life and perioperative outcomes among pancreatic cancer survivors at MD Anderson Cancer Center. For his doctoral dissertation project, Dr. Parker collaborated with clinicians and researchers to develop and examine the feasibility of an exercise program for patients undergoing preoperative treatment for pancreatic cancer at MD Anderson. Dr. Parker’s research interests include socio-ecological influences on physical activity, exercise motivation, and continuous physical activity measurement. He is interested in developing exercise programs for older adults and cancer survivors and in using quantitative and qualitative methods to understand factors influencing and benefits gleaned from exercise in these populations.