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