Dr. Parker is Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist, certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for Adult Psychiatry. He completed medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Adult Psychiatric training at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, then next completed a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Hahnemann, now a part of Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he served as Chief Resident. In addition, he completed psychoanalytic training with the Philadelphia Association for Psychoanalysis, and is certified by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, since 2003, to use SPECT brain imaging to measure and target specific functional brain challenges.
His comprehensive medical perspectives include many levels of psychiatric training and experience, including an ongoing special interest in treatment failure and underappreciated, measured biomedical conditions that often impair predictable medical intervention strategies. He is experienced as a personable team player in providing comprehensive medical care through outpatient, partial, hospital and residential care systems with years of experience as both an on-site and remote medical team administrator. His several senior administrative experiences served as his best lesson-plans on the importance of responsible teamwork and feedback within each system. Effective feedback addresses less apparent complexities.
His many years [since 1987] of substance abuse practice, recovery systems consultations, and clinical experiences in working within the field of addiction medicine, both programmatic and outpatient, led him to write Deep Recovery – How to use your most difficult relationships to find out who you are, in 1992. Deep Recovery – https://amzn.to/3aBt8tt – addresses essential often overlooked clinical challenges, still alive these many years later, regarding identifying and treating individuals with addiction/recovery/codependency issues. He works to understand and target the complex array of underlying contributory issues in every clinical-dependency review. Balanced self-management and relationship consistency with both staff and patients build trust and recovery-team predictability. Precise pattern recognition and ownership turn the tide.
After more than twenty years of national pharmacologic teaching experience with medical providers – regarding diagnosis and medical treatments for depression, mood disorders, and ADHD – Parker provides a considerable street experience with understanding medical management details. Interestingly, conundrums regarding ADHD/Executive Function diagnosis and medication management persist today. In 2012 he wrote New ADHD Medication Rules: Brain Science and Common Sense – https://amzn.to/37J5QzM – to accurately address diagnostic and treatment complexities for Executive Function beyond the limited behavioral labels of “ADHD.” Parker’s mission: each medication treatment objective identifies mutually-assessed and numbered clinical markers based on brain function – discussed in an understandable way so that all treatment participants concur and explicitly report on those specific treatment objectives. Numbers and clear targets prevent guesswork with labels. Patient education regarding precise treatment objectives and outcome expectations provide reassuring
communication tools for each re-evaluation.
Dr. Parker loves the outdoors, was an Eagle Scout, and currently is a non-recovering fly fisherman, who ties his own flies and fishes for stripers with a flyrod on the Penobscot Bay in Midcoast Maine. He loves to catch what’s deep and can’t be seen.