Keesha L Roach

Keesha L Roach, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor

Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6318
Business Email: keesharoach@ufl.edu

About Keesha L Roach

Dr. Powell-Roach has degrees in Psychology, Biology (minor), and Nursing. She is a Robert Wood Johnson Future of nursing scholar alum and is currently an Assistant Professor at the UF College of Nursing. Formally trained at the NIH and at the Pasteur Institute in France, Dr. Roach completed her PhD at University of Illinois at Chicago and recently completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship with the UF CTSI’s Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence. Her expertise is in the characterization of pain phenotypes, associated biomarkers, and health disparities in individual of African ancestry, most notably in sickle cell disease and cancer. Her research in this area has been funded by the NIA and NHLBI.

Accomplishments

Programs to Increase Diversity Among Individuals Engaged in Health Related Research – Functional and Translational Genomics of Blood Disorders section
2020 · NHLBI
National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award
2019 · NHLBI
Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics
2018 · University of Washington, Seattle WA
Leadership in Action
2018 · University of Florida
Future of Nursing Scholar Alum
2018 · Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Summer Genetics Institute Fellow
2016 · National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Research Profile

Dr. Roach is a chronic pain researcher. The overarching goal of her research is to understand a combination of omics and biopsychological factors related to pain phenotypes in an adults and older adults who have chronic pain, particularly sickle cell disease. Dr. Roach collaborates in other areas of pain research including vulvodynia, osteoarthritis, and cancer.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-8117-3445

Publications

2021
A Scoping Review of Nursing’s Contribution to the Management of Patients with Pain and Opioid Misuse
Pain Management Nursing. 22(1):58-68 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2020.11.007. [PMID] 33414010.
2020
The Metabolomics of Chronic Pain Conditions: A Systematic Review
Biological Research For Nursing. 22(4):458-471 [DOI] 10.1177/1099800420941105. [PMID] 32666804.
2020
Taste the Pain: The Role of TRP Channels in Pain and Taste Perception
International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 21(16) [DOI] 10.3390/ijms21165929. [PMID] 32824721.
2020
Neuropathic Pain Screening: Construct Validity in Patients With Sickle Cell Disease
Western Journal of Nursing Research. 42(2):125-130 [DOI] 10.1177/0193945919836446. [PMID] 30900520.
2020
Keys to Recruiting and Retaining Seriously Ill African Americans With Sickle Cell Disease in Longitudinal Studies: Respectful Engagement and Persistence.
The American journal of hospice & palliative care. 37(2):123-128 [DOI] 10.1177/1049909119868657. [PMID] 31394904.
2019
Vasopressin SNP pain factors and stress in sickle cell disease
PLOS ONE. 14(11) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0224886. [PMID] 31710639.
2019

Thermal and mechanical quantitative sensory testing values among healthy African American adults

Journal of Pain Research. Volume 12:2511-2527 [DOI] 10.2147/jpr.s211855.
2019
Sensory pain characteristics of vulvodynia and their association with nociceptive and neuropathic pain: an online survey pilot study.
Pain reports. 4(2) [DOI] 10.1097/PR9.0000000000000713. [PMID] 31041417.
2018
Treatment-Seeking Behaviors of Persons With Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Journal of holistic nursing : official journal of the American Holistic Nurses' Association. 36(2):179-191 [DOI] 10.1177/0898010117693539. [PMID] 28506103.
2018
The AVPR1A Gene and Its Single Nucleotide Polymorphism rs10877969: A Literature Review of Associations with Health Conditions and Pain.
Pain management nursing : official journal of the American Society of Pain Management Nurses. 19(4):430-444 [DOI] 10.1016/j.pmn.2018.01.003. [PMID] 29503216.

Grants

Jul 2020 ACTIVE
Contributions of biopsychosocial factors in sickle cell disease pain
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI
Sep 2018 ACTIVE
University of Florida Resource Center for Minority Aging Research
Role: Project Manager
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIA

Education

Post-Doctoral Fellowship Dentistry (IMPART/Pain & Aging)
2018-2020 · University of Florida
PhD Nursing
2018 · University of Illinois at Chicago
Nursing Leadership
2007 · DePaul University
Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing
2001 · Loyola University Chicago
Bachelor of Science in Psychology
1989 · University of Maryland College Park

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2021
NGR7176 Adv Top Pharma and Geno

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 273-6318
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