Oklahoma State University
Nutritional Sciences
Stephany  Parker

Stephany Parker

Associate Professor

Area: Community Nutrition Education Programs

330 Scott Hall
Stillwater OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-6821
Fax: 405-744-1461
Expertise Profile

  • Profile
  • Publications
  • Research

Educational Background:

Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK Nutritional Sciences
M.S. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK International Program in Nutritional Science
A.B. University of Georgia, Athens, GA Anthropology

Courses Taught:

Principles of Nutrition Education NSCI  4373
Advanced Community Nutrition NSCI  5713
Seminar in Nutritional Sciences NSCI  5961
Seminar in Nutritional Sciences NSCI  6961

Awards & Recognition:

  • Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Irma Manning Professional Development Award, 2001
  • Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Irma Manning Professional Development Award, 2002
  • Educator’s Leadership Academy, 2006

Professional Memberships:

  • American Anthropology Association
  • Society for Nutrition Educators

Research Statement:

I am an associate research professor and the PI and Outcomes Coordinator. I am also part of the Social Marketing, Evaluation and Tribal Support team that has a goal of integrating research, programming and outreach efforts. Team members embrace a model of communiversity which engages communities in the research process and requires mutual respect on the part of researchers and community individuals. Our team is firmly committed to the idea of an engaged university and we work to develop responsive, action-oriented research programs in line with community needs as recognized by community members. At the present time, the team is working in coordination with Chickasaw Nation partners to develop diabetes prevention educational and social marketing programs for school and community environments. The Eagle Adventure school-based program is a highlight of the collaborative efforts. The program received national recognition as one of only four programs chosen nationwide as a model for program development and evaluation.

Research Areas:

  • Community nutrition and nutrition education for diverse audiences
  • Health disparities among women
  • Social and cultural aspects of body weight and food intake


  • Parker, S., Williams, S., and Hermann, H. Framing and deliberation of obesity among African American, White, Hispanic and Native American Limited Resource Women. (August 2006 – August 2008), Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station.
  • Parker, S, Briley, C., and Van Delinder J. Development of a Social Marketing Campaign for the Chickasaw Nation Get Fresh Program. Phase I: Formative Assessment. (May 2006- September 2006), Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program Grant.
  • Parker, S., Brown, B., and Hermann, J. Evaluation of CNEP Elderly Participants’ Learning Preferences. (October 2005-September 2006), Food Stamp Nutrition Education Program Grant.


  • Phelps, J., Parker, S., & Hakkak, R. (2014). Obesity, Chronic Disease Risk Factors & Fighting Words – The Collateral Damage to Health.   J Obes Weight Loss Ther 4: e115. doi:10.4172/2165-7904.1000e115 .
  • Jackson, T., Parker, S., Hermann, J., Miracle, S., & Briley, C. (2012). Understanding Native American Women's Views of Physical Activity to Inform Family-Based Program Development. Journal of Extension, [On-line], 50(4) Article 4TOT7. Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2012august/tt7.php"
  • Hermann, J., Korlagunta K., Parker, S., & Payton, M. (2011). Utilizing the Socio-ecological Model to Evaluate Factors Affecting Older Adult's Ability to Grocery Shop, Prepare Food, and Eat Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 43(4), S24.
  • Parker, S., Robertson, D., Jackson, T., Miracle, S., & Hermann, J. (2010). Using an Ecological Perspective as a Framework for Understanding Native American Elders’ Views of Diabetes for the Development of an Indigenous Prevention Plan. Economic Research Service/USDA Administrative Publication Number 051, Available at: http://www.ers.usda.gov/Publications/AP/AP051/AP051.pdf"
  • Phelps, J., Hermann, J., Parker, S., & Denney, B. (2010). Advantages of Gardening as a Form of Physical Activity in an After-School Program. Journal of Extension, Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2010december/rb5.php"
  • Bowen, K., Briley, C., Parker, S., Miracle, S., Delinder, J., Peterson, S., Pollet, E., & Jackson, T. (2009). . Pictures with a Voice: Understanding the Everyday Lives of Native Americans of the Chickasaw Nation in Developing a Nutrition Social Marketing Campaign. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 41S, S45-S46.
  • Jung, S.E., Parker, S., Hermann, J., & Briley, C. (2009). Comparison of Factors Influencing Perceptions of Body Weight Among Diverse Individuals Receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 41S, S19.
  • Layton, K., Parker, S., Hermann, J., & Williams, S. (2009). Comparison of Socioecologic Factors Affecting Overweight and Obesity among Limited Income African American, Native American and White Women. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 41S, S43.
  • Parker, S., Phelps, J.A., & Briley, C. (2008). Economic Development and Redevelopment: A Toolkit on Land Use and Health. From California Department of Health Services. Materials Review. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 40, 270-271.
  • VanDelinder, J., Parker, S., Briley, C., & Miracle, S. (2008). “Get Fresh”: Social Marketing Strategies to Promote Healthy Eating within the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 108: A111.
  • Hermann, J., Parker, S., Brown, B., Siewe, Y., & Walker, S. (2006). After School Gardening Improves Children’s Reported Vegetable Intake and Physical Activity. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 38, 201-202.
  • Parker, S. & Phelps, J.A.   (2006). MyActivity Resources-MyActivity Pyramid handout/MyActivity Log/Physical Activity Cards. Materials Review. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, (1499-4046) Vol.39,Iss.4;p.242-243.
  • Taylor, C., Keim, K., Sparrer, A., Van Delinder, J., & Parker, S. (2006). Most commonly consumed foods and food perceptions in Native American women, American Journal Health Behavior, (1087-3244) Vol.30,Iss.6;p.613-25.
  • Parker, S. & Keim, K.S.   (2004). Emic perspectives of obesity in limited income women. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 36: 282-9.
  • Singhal, A., Parker, S., Linsell, L., & Serjeant, G. (2002). Energy intake and resting metabolic rate in preschool Jamaican children with homozygous sickle cell disease. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 75(6), 1093-1097.