Leslie Parker, PhD, ARNP (NNP-BC)
University of Florida
PO Box 100187
Gainesville, FL 32610-0187
Dr. Parker’s research involves nutritional support of the premature infant with an emphasis on breastfeeding infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She is currently funding by the National Institute of Nursing Research to study (1) the risks and benefits of routine gastric residual aspiration and evaluation in very premature infants and (2) the optimal timing of initiation of milk expression following the delivery of a very premature infant.
Dr. Parker is board certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation. She has an active practice as a neonatal nurse practitioner in the NICU at UF Health
Clinical practice area/expertise
Dr. Parker is board certified as a neonatal nurse practitioner by the National Certification Corporation
Dr. Parker received both her BSN and MSN from the University of Florida and her PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina.
- Parker, L., Torrazza, R.M., Li, Y., Talaga, E., Shuster, J., & Neu, J. (2015). Aspiration and evaluation of gastric residuals in the neonatal intensive care unit: state of the science. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. 29(1), 51-9.
- Parker, L.A., Sullivan, S., Krueger, C., & Mueller, M. (2015). Association of timing of initiation of breast milk expression on milk volume and timing of lactogenesis stage II among mothers of very low birth weight infants. Breastfeeding Medicine. 10(2), 84-9
- Torrazza, R.M. Parker, L.A., Li, Y., Talaga, E., Shuster, J., & Neu, J. (2015). The value of routine evaluation of gastric residuals in very low birth weight infants. Journal of Perinatology. 35(1), 57-60.
- de Oliveira, M.F., Parker, L., Ahn, H., Catunda, H., Bernardo, E., de Oliveira, M., Ribeiro, M., Calou, C., Antezana, F., Almeida, P., Castro, R., Aquino, P., Pinheiro A. (2015). Maternal Predictors for Quality of Life during the Postpartum in Brazilian Mothers. Health, 7, 371-380.
- Li, Y.F., Lin, H.C., Torrazza, R.M., Parker, L., Talaga, E., & Neu, J. (2014). Gastric residual evaluation in preterm neonates: a useful monitoring technique or a hindrance? Pediatrics and Neonatology, 55(5), 335-40
- Li, Y., Neu, J., & Parker, L. (2014). Gastric residuals, feeding intolerance, and necrotizing enterocolitis in preterm infants. Pediatri Neonatol. 55(5), 335-40.
- Parker, L.A., Krueger, C., Sullivan, S., Kelechi, T., and Mueller, M. (2013). Expression strategies to increase milk volume in mothers of VLBW infants. Maternal Child Nursing. 38(6), 385-90.
- Parker, L.A., Murgos, R. & Neu, J. (2013). Scientifically Based Strategies for Enteral Feeding in Premature Infants. NeoReviews. 14(7). E350-e359.
- Parker, L.A., Sullivan, S., Krueger, C., Kelechi, T., & Mueller, M.M. (2012). Effect of Early Breast Milk Expression on Milk Volume and Timing of Lactogenesis Stage II Among Mothers of Very Low Birth Weight Infants: A Pilot Study. Journal of Perinatology. 32(3):205-9
- Parker, L.A., Krueger, C., Sullivan, S., Kelechi, T., and Mueller, M. (2012). Effect of breast milk on hospital costs and length of stay among very low birth weight infants in the NICU. Advances in Neonatal Care. 12(4):254-9