Dr Whadi-ah Parker is a Senior Research Specialist at the Human Sciences Research Council. She holds a BSc in Medicine (Hons) in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Cape Town, and obtained a PhD in Medicine from the same institution in 2008.
Before joining the HSRC, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of the Western Cape, based in the Chronic Diseases of Lifestyle Unit at the South African Medical Research Council.
Her areas of research interest include: nutrition, chronic diseases of lifestyle, public health and health systems. Dr Parker's publication record spans the authoring and co-authoring of fourteen national and international conference presentations, nine book or equivalent publications and nine journal articles. Her most recent work, published in BMC Public Health in July 2012, investigated health promotion services in the public health care sector in Cape Town, South Africa for patients having non communicable diseases.