Karen Parker is an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford University, where she directs the Social Neurosciences Research Program. Parker’s research expertise is the biology of social functions, with a particular interest in oxytocin and vasopressin signaling pathways. Her preclinical research program focuses on developing novel animal models, and her clinical research program encompasses biomarker discovery and therapeutic trials for neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Parker received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan and completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University. She joined the Stanford faculty in 2007 and is an affiliate scientist at the California National Primate Research Center, a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a Kavli Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences (United States).
Parker’s research program has been supported by multiple funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Simons Foundation, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation and the Weston Havens Foundation. She serves on the editorial board of Psychoneuroendocrinology, the scientific advisory board for the Stanford Autism Center at Packard Children’s Hospital and on various national (e.g., NIH, the National Science Foundation) and international (e.g., Medical Research Council) grant review committees. She has also participated as an invited expert at NIH and National Academy of Sciences workshops.