Leslie A Parker

Leslie A Parker, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, FAAN

Associate Professor

Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6384
Business Email: parkela@ufl.edu

About Leslie A Parker


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 has been funded 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. She recently received a 2018 Research Opportunity grant to study strategies to increase lactation success in mothers of extremely premature infants. She received a UF Term Professorship award in 2017.


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.


Kim Nolan Spirit Award for Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
2008 · Florida Association of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
1998 · Outstanding Young Women of America
1997 · Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society

Board Certifications

  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
    National Certification Corporation

Research Profile

Nutrition of critically ill and premature infants. Increasing delivery of breast milk. Decreasing insufficient milk supply and delayed lactogenesis stage II. Assessment of gastric residuals.


2020 Journal of perinatal and neonatal nursing (Online)
2019 Advances in Neonatal Care
2018 Mcn-the American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing
2013 Mcn-the American Journal of Maternal-Child Nursing


Nov 2019 ACTIVE
Improving Lactation Success in Mothers of Critically Infants Using Personalized Real-Time Biomarker Based Text Messages
UF HEALTH SHANDS HOSPITAL · Principal Investigator
Aug 2018 ACTIVE
Optimal Feeding Tube Dwell Time in VLBW to Reduce Feeding Tube Contamination
NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Principal Investigator
Jun 2018 – May 2020
OR-DRPD-ROF2018: Improving Lactation Success in Mothers of Preterm Infants Through Provision of Antenatal Education to Their Support Person ?
UF RESEARCH · Principal Investigator
Jun 2013 – May 2016
Adequate Breast Milk for Improved Health of Very Low Bir
NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Principal Investigator
Mar 2013 – Jan 2018
Routine Aspiration of Residual Gastric Contents in Very Low Birth Weight Infants
NATL INST OF HLTH NINR · Principal Investigator

Contact Details

(352) 273-6384