Dr. Jessica Parker-Raley, PhD, is the Associate Professor for Research in the College of Health Professions at Texas State University and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in General Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. Her research interests include communication effectiveness training and curriculum development in healthcare with a concentration in interdisciplinary team communication and patient-provider interaction. Jessica has conducted healthcare communication studies that focus on difficult conversations including breaking bad news, the negotiation of family presence, social support and cancer survivorship, and the explanation of advance care directives. Her research can be found in The Journal of Trauma, Journal of Communication in Healthcare, American Journal of Critical Care, Qualitative Health Research, Journal for Healthcare Quality, Communication Education, Journal of Applied Communication Research, and Communication Research Reports. Additionally, Jessica has been recognized for dedication to teaching effectiveness. She received College and University Excellence Awards in teaching.
Associate Professor for Research for the College of Health Professions
Dr. Raley is charged with the task of increasing external funding across the College of Health Professions by conducting interdisciplinary studies in clinical, academic, or lab settings and securing external and corporate funding to support research efforts in the college. She comes with a fresh perspective on how the eight departments in the College of Health Professions (Nursing, Radiation Therapy, Respiratory Care, Physical Therapy, Communication Disorders, Health Information Management, Health Administration, and Clinical Lab Science) can increase funding and start to create long-term planning goals to achieve applied and programmatic research as a unified team.
Positions and Honors
Associate Research Professor College of Health Professions at Texas State University- conducts interdisciplinary research across the college of health professions securing external and corporate funding to support research efforts focused on quality improvement initiatives in healthcare settings and the reduction of health disparities through the creation of interventions focused on behavior change.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio- rounds with collaborative care teams at University Hospital delivering interdisciplinary patient-centered care plans providing insight and assessment strategies for measuring team communication.
Awarded Texas State Study in America grant ($3,000), Spring 2017 to lead interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate students in a participatory community research initiative studying community healthcare models by employing a team science approach.
Selected to deliver podium presentation validating the Trauma Team Communication Assessment (TTCA-24) at Eastern Association for Surgical Trauma Conference, January 2017
Invited Presentation on Behalf of Image Stream Medical Titled: “The Six Critical Care Communication Competencies: Assessing Team Communication to Improve Patient Care in Critical Care Environments” Las Vegas, Nevada, September 23, 2016.
NSF I/UCRC grant ($15,000), Fall 2016
Director of Trauma Research at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio -supervised a team of research coordinators, managed 10 clinical research studies, oversaw trauma research studies, and held weekly research meetings with trauma surgeons to pursue deadlines and funding goals, Fall 2015-Fall 2017
Selected to deliver podium presentation introducing the Trauma Team Communication Assessment (TTCA-24) at ASE surgical education week “Thinking outside the box luncheon” held for Surgical Resident Program Directors, Spring 2016
Selected to present workshop entitled “Learn how to train Surgery Residents using the IPASS handoff method” at the APDS conference, Spring 2016
Included in UT Health Science Center Faculty Showcase for Educational Innovation, invited to present Assessment of Trauma Team Communication, October 2015
Asked to speak at the National Communication Association on the development of performance assessments and new avenues for instructional communication research in healthcare, Fall 2015
Asked to deliver presentation entitled “Interpersonal communication in the emergency department lessons learned from the field” as an honored alumnus during Texas State University Communication Week, Spring 2014
Top Paper Award, National Communication Association Training & Development Division, Fall 2013
Co-Director of TIME and FAME programs dedicated to creating new communication curriculum for medical students selected by UT Regents pre-acceptance into medical schools, 2012-2014
UTPA University Excellence Award in Teaching ($3,000), Fall 2010-Spring 2011
UTPA College Excellence Award in Teaching ($1,000), Fall 2010-Spring 2011
Faculty Development Program Grant ($2,882), Fall 2010
Faculty Research Council Award ($5,000), Fall 2010
University of Texas Continuing Fellowship ($10,000), Fall 2007- Spring 2008
Top Paper Award, International Communication Association Interpersonal Communication Division, Spring 2007