Staja Booker

Staja Booker, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6351
Business Email:

About Staja Booker


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.


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).


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.


2018-2019 · Grambling State University Professional Organization of Nurses
2018-2019 · American Nurses Association/Louisiana State Nurses Association
2018-2019 · International Association for the Study of Pain
2018 · Great 100 Nurses of Louisiana
Dissertation Award
2018 · Midwest Nursing Research Society – Symptom Science Research 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
2017-2019 · Gerontological Society of America
2017-2019 · Midwest Nursing Research Society
October Beacon Award for Outstanding Young Alumnus
2017 · Grambling State University
Dean’s Achievement Award
2017 · University of Iowa Diversity Visionary Award
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)



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


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

(352) 273-6351