Staja Q. Booker, PhD RN The University of Florida

Dr. Booker is a nurse scientist, with a passion for understanding pain in aging ethnic minorities and the movement-related changes imposed by chronic joint pain that threaten function and overall well-being. Recent work contributes new knowledge on osteoarthritis pain in older African Americans. Three themes characterize Dr. Booker's work: comprehensive understanding of factors and the experience of osteoarthritis and movement-evoked pain, the development and use of self-management interventions to reduce the burden of joint pain, and 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. An engaged scientist, she has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, research abstracts, and scientific presentations. Dr. Booker has received several awards which denotes her strengths and applicability of her research to practice.


Innovative Approaches to Providing Quality Pain Care to Under-Served Populations

Assistant Professor
Gainesville, FL