Staja Booker

Staja Booker, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6351
Business Email: bookers@ufl.edu

About Staja Booker

Teaching

Dr. Booker’s teaching responsibilities will be focused in the undergraduate BSN program as well as mentoring undergraduate and graduate nursing and health science students.

Research

Dr. Booker is an early career nurse scientist, with a passion to understand and reduce chronic pain in older adults. Recent work contributes new knowledge on osteoarthritis pain in older African Americans. Three themes characterize her current and future research activities: (1) comprehensive understanding of factors and the experience of osteoarthritis and movement-evoked pain, (2) the development and use of self-management interventions to reduce the stress and burden of joint pain, and (3) the application of smart technologies to measure pain and deliver interventions. Significant contributions include developing the first nursing clinical practice recommendations and a model for pain assessment and pain measurement in older African Americans (Geriatr Nurs; 2015:36(1), 67-74).

Service

Dr. Booker holds memberships in several national organizations such as, the American Pain Society, Gerontological Society of America, American Nurses Association/Louisiana State Nurses Association, Southern Nurses Research Society, and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is the immediate past Chair of the Nursing Shared Interest Group at the American Pain Society. Dr. Booker also reviews for Pain Medicine, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, and Geriatric Nursing.

Accomplishments

Member
2018-2019 · International Association for the Study of Pain
Member
2018-2019 · American Nurses Association/Louisiana State Nurses Association
Member
2018-2019 · Grambling State University Professional Organization of Nurses
1st Place Winner – 8th Annual Robert A. Levitt Prize for aging-related research
2018 · Oak Hammock Institute for Learning in Retirement / University of Florida
Dissertation Award
2018 · Midwest Nursing Research Society – Symptom Science Research Interest Group
Recipient
2018 · Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana
Member
2017-2019 · Midwest Nursing Research Society
Member
2017-2019 · Gerontological Society of America
Dean’s Achievement Award
2017 · University of Iowa Diversity Visionary Award
October Beacon Award for Outstanding Young Alumnus
2017 · Grambling State University
Graduate Diversity Scholarship
2016-2017 · University of Iowa
Rising Stars of Scholarship and Research
2015 · Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Research Profile

Dr. Booker’s areas of expertise are aging, pain assessment and management, and health/pain disparities in ethnic/racial minorities.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-8934-1335

Publications

2021
A Paradigm Shift for Movement-based Pain Assessment in Older Adults: Practice, Policy and Regulatory Drivers.
Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. 22(1):21-27 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2020.08.003. [PMID] 32948452.
2021
A Scoping Review of Nursing’s Contribution to the Management of Patients with Pain and Opioid Misuse.
Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. 22(1):58-68 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2020.11.007. [PMID] 33414010.
2021
Exploring Associations Between Metabolites and Symptoms of Fatigue, Depression and Pain in Women With Fibromyalgia.
Biological research for nursing. 23(1):119-126 [DOI] 10.1177/1099800420941109. [PMID] 32677448.
2021
Toward Understanding Movement-evoked Pain (MEP) and its Measurement: A Scoping Review.
The Clinical journal of pain. 37(1):61-78 [DOI] 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000891. [PMID] 33093342.
2021
Voices of African American Older Adults on the Implications of Social and Healthcare-Related Policies for Osteoarthritis Pain Care.
Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. 22(1):50-57 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2020.09.001. [PMID] 33162338.
2020
“Bearing the Pain”: The Experience of Aging African Americans With Osteoarthritis Pain.
Global qualitative nursing research. 7 [DOI] 10.1177/2333393620925793. [PMID] 32548212.
2020

Everyday Discrimination in Adults with Knee Pain: The Role of Perceived Stress and Pain Catastrophizing

Journal of Pain Research. Volume 13:883-895 [DOI] 10.2147/jpr.s235632.
2020
Chronic pain, cardiovascular health and related medication use in ageing African Americans with osteoarthritis.
Journal of clinical nursing. 29(13-14):2675-2690 [DOI] 10.1111/jocn.15292. [PMID] 32301200.
2020
Everyday Discrimination in Adults with Knee Pain: The Role of Perceived Stress and Pain Catastrophizing.
Journal of pain research. 13:883-895 [DOI] 10.2147/JPR.S235632. [PMID] 32431537.
2020
Neuropathic-Like Pain Symptoms in a Community-Dwelling Sample with or at Risk for Knee Osteoarthritis.
Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 21(1):125-137 [DOI] 10.1093/pm/pnz112. [PMID] 31150093.
2020
Pain and Multimorbidity in Late Life
Current Epidemiology Reports. 7(1):1-8 [DOI] 10.1007/s40471-020-00225-6.
2020
Patterns and correlates of self-management strategies for osteoarthritis related pain among older non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White adults.
Arthritis care & research. [DOI] 10.1002/acr.24396. [PMID] 32741127.
2020
Racial Differences in Pain Management for Patients Receiving Hospice Care.
Oncology nursing forum. 47(2):228-240 [DOI] 10.1188/20.ONF.228-240. [PMID] 32078609.
2020
Surviving Multiple Pandemics-COVID-19 and Racism for African American Older Adults: A Call to Gerontological Nursing for Social Justice.
Journal of gerontological nursing. 46(9):4-6 [DOI] 10.3928/00989134-20200811-01. [PMID] 32845341.
2020
The effect of music on pain sensitivity in healthy adults.
Arts & health. 1-19 [DOI] 10.1080/17533015.2020.1827278. [PMID] 32997948.
2019
“Puttin’ on”: Expectations Versus Family Responses, the Lived Experience of Older African Americans With Chronic Pain.
Journal of family nursing. 25(4):533-556 [DOI] 10.1177/1074840719884560. [PMID] 31718470.
2019
Black American older adults’ motivation to engage in osteoarthritis treatment recommendations for pain self-management: A mixed methods study.
International journal of nursing studies. [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2019.103510. [PMID] 32169337.
2019
Movement-evoked pain, physical function, and perceived stress: An observational study of ethnic/racial differences in aging non-Hispanic Blacks and non-Hispanic Whites with knee osteoarthritis.
Experimental gerontology. 124 [DOI] 10.1016/j.exger.2019.05.011. [PMID] 31154005.
2019
Patterns and Perceptions of Self-Management for Osteoarthritis Pain in African American Older Adults.
Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 20(8):1489-1499 [DOI] 10.1093/pm/pny260. [PMID] 30541043.
2019
Race/Ethnicity Moderates the Association Between Psychosocial Resilience and Movement-Evoked Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis.
ACR open rheumatology. 1(1):16-25 [DOI] 10.1002/acr2.1002. [PMID] 31777776.
2019
The Reciprocal Relationship of Pain and Movement in African American Older Adults With Multi-Joint Osteoarthritis.
Research in gerontological nursing. 1-11 [DOI] 10.3928/19404921-20191202-01. [PMID] 31834412.
2017
Culturally Responsive Pain Management for Black Older Adults.
Journal of gerontological nursing. 1-8 [DOI] 10.3928/00989134-20170224-03. [PMID] 28253407.
2016
African Americans’ Perceptions of Pain and Pain Management: A Systematic Review.
Journal of transcultural nursing : official journal of the Transcultural Nursing Society. 27(1):73-80 [DOI] 10.1177/1043659614526250. [PMID] 24841472.
2016
Assessing pain in verbal older adults.
Nursing. 46(2):65-8 [DOI] 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000473408.89671.52. [PMID] 26760394.
2016
Assessment and Measurement of Pain in Adults in Later Life.
Clinics in geriatric medicine. 32(4):677-692 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cger.2016.06.012. [PMID] 27741963.
2016
Chronic Pain in Older African American Grandparent Caregivers.
Home healthcare now. 34(6):316-24 [DOI] 10.1097/NHH.0000000000000402. [PMID] 27243429.
2016
Culturally Conscientious Pain Measurement in Older African Americans.
Western journal of nursing research. 38(10):1354-73 [DOI] 10.1177/0193945916648952. [PMID] 27174228.
2016
Evaluating pain management in older adults.
Nursing. 46(6):66-9 [DOI] 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000482868.40461.06. [PMID] 27192078.
2016
Managing pain in frail elders.
American nurse today. 11(4) [PMID] 28018518.
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2015
Are nurses prepared to care for Black American patients in pain?
Nursing. 45(1):66-9 [DOI] 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000458944.81243.eb. [PMID] 25532990.
2015
Lessons learned about ageing and gerontological nursing in South Africa.
Curationis. 38(1) [DOI] 10.4102/curationis.v38i1.1216. [PMID] 26244462.
2015
Letter to the editor, re: better pain management for elders in the intensive care unit.
Dimensions of critical care nursing : DCCN. 34(6):365-6 [DOI] 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000146. [PMID] 26436303.
2015
Older African Americans’ Beliefs about Pain, Biomedicine, and Spiritual Medicine.
Journal of Christian nursing : a quarterly publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship. 32(3):148-55 [PMID] 26211300.
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2015
Pain Management for Older African Americans in the Perianesthesia Setting: The “Eight I’s”.
Journal of perianesthesia nursing : official journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses. 30(3):181-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jopan.2015.01.011. [PMID] 26003763.
2015
Practice recommendations for pain assessment by self-report with African American older adults.
Geriatric nursing (New York, N.Y.). 36(1):67-74 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2014.08.014. [PMID] 25595395.
2015
Psychometric Evaluation of the Revised Iowa Pain Thermometer (IPT-R) in a Sample of Diverse Cognitively Intact and Impaired Older Adults: A Pilot Study.
Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. 16(4):475-82 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2014.09.004. [PMID] 26256217.
2015
The state-of-“cultural validity” of self-report pain assessment tools in diverse older adults.
Pain medicine (Malden, Mass.). 16(2):232-9 [DOI] 10.1111/pme.12496. [PMID] 25219949.
2013
Mouth care to reduce ventilator-associated pneumonia.
The American journal of nursing. 113(10):24-30; quiz 31 [DOI] 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000435343.38287.3a. [PMID] 24037246.

Grants

Feb 2020 ACTIVE
Investigating Movement-evoked Pain in osteoArthritic Conditions (IMPACT): An Observational Study to Inform Culturally-Tailored Intervention Development
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIAMS

Education

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Dentistry (IMPART/Pain & Aging)
2017-2019 · University of Florida
PhD Nursing (Gerontology)
2017 · University of Iowa
MS Nursing (Gerontology/Adult Health)
2012 · Pennsylvania State University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Magna Cum Laude)
2010 · Grambling State University

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020-2021
NUR3168 Lead and Inspire 2: Research and Evidence-Based Nursing
2020-2021
NGR7970L Adv Nursing Project
2021
DEN5221 Oral Hlth Manage

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-6351
Emails:
Business:
bookers@ufl.edu