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 is active in several national pain, nursing, and gerontology organizations, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Association for the Study of Pain (USASP). At the national level, she is a member on research committee for the American Society for Pain Management Nursing and the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Gerontological Nursing and Pain Research Forum. Locally, Dr. Booker serves on the governance committee for the Alpha Theta Chapter of Sigma.

Accomplishments

Inaugural Award for Diversity and Inclusion
2021 · UF College of Nursing
Claudia J. Beverly Innovation Award
2020 · National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence
Excellence in Nursing Award for Pain Management of the Older Adult
2020 · American Society for Pain Management Nursing® Excellence in Nursing Award
Cluff Aging Research Award
2019 · Oak Hammock Institute for Learning in Retirement/University of Florida
Springer Publishing Company Geriatric/Gerontological Nursing Award for a Distinguished Single research manuscript
2019 · Gerontological Society of America’s Nursing Special Interest Group
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
Beacon Award for Outstanding Young Alumnus
2017 · Grambling State University

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2020-2023
NUR3168 Lead and Inspire 2: Research and Evidence-Based Nursing
2020-2023
NGR7970L Adv Nursing Project
2021-2023
DEN5221 Oral Hlth Manage

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

2022
“Be Strong My Sista'”: Sentiments of Strength From Black Women With Chronic Pain Living in the Deep South.
ANS. Advances in nursing science. 45(2):127-142 [DOI] 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000416. [PMID] 35234672.
2022
Applying the NIA Health Disparities Research Framework to Identify Needs and Opportunities in Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Research
The Journal of Pain. 23(1):25-44 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.06.015. [PMID] 34280570.
2022
Author Response to Reader’s Comments to Fitzgerald Jones et al., Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Delivering Antiracist Care to Black Americans (DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2021.0502).
Journal of palliative medicine. 25(3):347-348 [DOI] 10.1089/jpm.2021.0673. [PMID] 35230905.
2022
CE: Assessing Movement-Evoked Pain.
The American journal of nursing. 122(3):20-28 [DOI] 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000822656.14887.1f. [PMID] 35149607.
2022
Chronic Pain Severity and Sociodemographics: An Evaluation of the Neurobiological Interface
The Journal of Pain. 23(2):248-262 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.07.010. [PMID] 34425249.
2022
Confronting Racism in All Forms of Pain Research: A Shared Commitment for Engagement, Diversity, and Dissemination
The Journal of Pain. 23(6):913-928 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2022.01.008.
2022
Confronting Racism in All Forms of Pain Research: Reframing Study Designs
The Journal of Pain. 23(6):893-912 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2022.01.010.
2022
Confronting Racism in Pain Research: A Call to Action
The Journal of Pain. 23(6):878-892 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2022.01.009.
2022
Making Pain Research More Inclusive: Why and How
The Journal of Pain. 23(5):707-728 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.10.004. [PMID] 34678471.
2022
Pain catastrophizing: A patient-centered approach to assessment.
Nursing. 52(4):26-30 [DOI] 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000823252.50782.45. [PMID] 35358988.
2022
Pain Management Nurses’ Roles During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Pain Management Nursing. 23(1):9-16 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2021.09.006. [PMID] 34756688.
2022
The effect of music on pain sensitivity in healthy adults.
Arts & health. 14(1):66-84 [DOI] 10.1080/17533015.2020.1827278. [PMID] 32997948.
2022
Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Delivering Antiracist Care to Black Americans.
Journal of palliative medicine. 25(3):479-487 [DOI] 10.1089/jpm.2021.0502. [PMID] 34788577.
2021
A Mediation Appraisal of Catastrophizing, Pain-Related Outcomes, and Race in Adults With Knee Osteoarthritis
The Journal of Pain. 22(11):1452-1466 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.04.018. [PMID] 34033964.
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
Grant Writing Doesn’t Have to Be a Pain: Tips for Preparation, Writing and Dissemination.
Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. 22(5):561-564 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2021.08.009. [PMID] 34645563.
2021
Knee pain trajectories over 18 months in non-Hispanic Black and non-Hispanic White adults with or at risk for knee osteoarthritis.
BMC musculoskeletal disorders. 22(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12891-021-04284-8. [PMID] 33952243.
2021
Living with pain in ‘age-(un)friendly’ housing environments: A qualitative study with African American older adults
Geriatric Nursing. 42(6):1294-1302 [DOI] 10.1016/j.gerinurse.2021.08.017.
2021
Managing osteoarthritis pain with smart technology: a narrative review
Rheumatology Advances in Practice. 5(1) [DOI] 10.1093/rap/rkab021. [PMID] 33928214.
2021
Patterns and Correlates of Self-Management Strategies for Osteoarthritis-Related Pain Among Older Non-Hispanic Black and Non-Hispanic White Adults.
Arthritis care & research. 73(11):1648-1658 [DOI] 10.1002/acr.24396. [PMID] 32741127.
2021
Population-Focused Approaches for Proactive Chronic Pain Management in Older Adults
Pain Management Nursing. 22(6):694-701 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2021.03.011.
2021
Study Protocol Modeling Evoked Pain in Older African Americans With Knee Osteoarthritis.
Nursing research. 70(5):391-398 [DOI] 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000520. [PMID] 33951704.
2021
The Imperative for Racial Equality in Pain Science: A Way Forward
The Journal of Pain. 22(12):1578-1585 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jpain.2021.06.008. [PMID] 34214701.
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
<p>Everyday Discrimination in Adults with Knee Pain: The Role of Perceived Stress and Pain Catastrophizing</p>
Journal of Pain Research. Volume 13:883-895 [DOI] 10.2147/jpr.s235632.
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
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
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
“Bearing the Pain”: The Experience of Aging African Americans With Osteoarthritis Pain
Global Qualitative Nursing Research. 7 [DOI] 10.1177/2333393620925793. [PMID] 32548212.
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.
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.
2018
Shifting Paradigms: Advance Care Planning for Pain Management in Older Adults With Dementia.
The Gerontologist. 58(3):420-427 [DOI] 10.1093/geront/gnx025. [PMID] 28958054.
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 nonverbal older adults.
Nursing. 46(5):66-9 [DOI] 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000480619.08039.50. [PMID] 27096920.
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.
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.
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

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-6351
Emails:
Business:
bookers@ufl.edu
Addresses:
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100197
GAINESVILLE FL 32610