Portrait of Professor Marti Parker
Marti Parker - Professor of Geriatric Epidemiology at the Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society
Marti Parker graduated with a bachelors degree in sociology in 1973 from Antioch College in Ohio and then went on to work as a research assistant for several years, including periods spent at Harvard in Boston, St Thomas' Hospital in London and at Karolinska Institutet. She studied physiotherapy at Karolinska Institutet, graduating in 1980. Up until 1990 Marti Parker worked at Rosenlund hospital as a physiotherapist and for some periods as an investigator at the Swedish Institute of Assistive Technology.
In 1990 she started to do research at Uppsala University and gained her PhD in 1995 with a thesis on physical function amongst elderly people.
In 2001 Marti Parker became an associate professor of social work at Stockholm University. She also did a postdoc before taking up a post at the Aging Research Center at KI in 2000. In 2007 she became a head of one of the units at ARC.
Marti Parker is an honorary member of the Gerontological Society of America and is also a member of the International Network on Health Expectancy and the Disability Process.
Marti Parker was appointed professor of geriatric epidemiology at Karolinska Institutet in 2012.
Within geriatric epidemiology, changes in living conditions and their impact on health together with other significant factors are studied in the higher ages. This may apply to working relationships, family situations, socio-economic backgrounds, activities in free time etc.
Through registers, questionnaires and interviews, individuals and groups (cohorts) are monitored over time in order to track the health development of the population.