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Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Deborah Konkle-Parker has a varied nurse practitioner role in the University of Mississippi Medical Center Infectious Diseases clinic. She also serves as Principal Investigator (PI) for the Mississippi site of the UAB-MS cohort for the Women’s Interagency HIV Study, a long-term national observational study of women living with or at risk for HIV. She is also the PI for the Mississippi site of the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center. She has served nearly her entire professional career as an HIV clinician, and in doing so, has recognized the desperate need for behavioral research in management of many chronic diseases, especially HIV disease. This led her to complete a Ph.D. program and embark in an NIH-funded Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K-23). After completion of this research development, she has continued to pursue expansion of the HIV-related research at UMMC, which has included her funded R34 to test an intervention to improve treatment adherence, and other collaborative efforts. Her main focus is in improving health outcomes for vulnerable populations in Mississippi, including those with HIV, through research, education and practice.
Dr. Konkle-Parker’s previous research has included exploring barriers to HIV medication adherence and retention in a Deep-South primarily minority clinic population, and then testing interventions to improve the rates of adherence and retention. She was also involved in a multi-site trial feasibility-testing of a provider-initiated intervention to reduce high-risk behavior for transmitting HIV. Current work is initiating and maximizing the research benefits at UMMC for the Women’s Interagency HIV Study (WIHS), which follows a cohort of 100 HIV-positive and –negative women from Mississippi over many years and collecting a rich biopsychosocial dataset. The Mississippi site is in collaboration with an equally sized site at UAB, and there are eight other cohort sites around the country, with five of them having collected data since 1993, and four new Southern sites added in 2013.
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