Two Gator Nursing Faculty Members Named to International Researcher Hall of Fame

Angela Starkweather and Jeanne-Marie Staccarini were recently named to the International Research Hall of Fame.

Two UF College of Nursing faculty members will join the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame this summer, it was announced recently by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Angela Starkweather, PhD, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, and Jeanne-Marie Staccarini, PhD, RN, FAAN, are set for induction during the organization’s 35th congress in Singapore on July 27.  Starkweather, the college’s assistant dean for research development, and Stacciarini, an associate professor, are among 30 world-renowned nurse researchers set for induction this year.

“Having two faculty members enshrined in the hall of fame in the same year is incredibly exciting. Both Dr. Starkweather and Dr. Staccarini have dedicated their lives to searching for answers and moving our profession forward while helping those we serve through the research they undertake. I congratulate them and wish them continued success. Gator Nurses indeed go greater!” said College of Nursing Dean Shakira Henderson, PhD, DNP, MS, MPH, EMBA, IBCLC, RNC-NIC.

Sigma International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame inductees are noted for having “achieved significant and sustained national or international recognition and whose research has improved the profession of nursing and the people it serves.”

Starkweather has garnered over $20 million in federal funding, published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, edited three books and numerous book chapters. Additionally, she has more than 4700 citations and a track record of consistent mentorship during her career. Her work helped link the transition from acute to chronic pain and biological mechanisms of inflammation in patients with cancer-induced pain and musculoskeletal conditions. Her findings were adopted in clinical practice guidelines and led to a focused interest in developing early interventions for the acute-onset of both cancer-related and musculoskeletal pain.

Stacciarini’s research on occupational stress, job satisfaction and mental health in the nursing workforce impacted policies in her native Brazil and served as a model for other countries. Her work on mental health disparities among rural underrepresented and hard-to-reach populations served to help formulate methods of engaging and sustaining assistance programs. With more than 60 peer-reviewed articles to her credit, her work has been cited more than 2,100 times. She has used social media extensively to help disseminate her research to a wider audience, and her research has been published in English, Spanish and Portuguese, contributing to the global advance of nursing and interdisciplinary science.

“These inspiring, trailblazing nurse researchers embody the collective impact of nursing research on global healthcare,” said Sigma President Sandra C. Garmon Bibb, DNSc, RN, FFNMRCSI, FAAN.