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 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.
Dr. Booker’s areas of expertise are aging, pain assessment and management, and health/pain disparities in ethnic/racial minorities.
Everyday Discrimination in Adults with Knee Pain: The Role of Perceived Stress and Pain Catastrophizing