Angela Starkweather, PhD

Director, Center for Advancements in Managing Pain (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My program of research focuses on biobehavioral symptom science, specifically examining the biological mechanisms underlying the development and persistence of distressing symptoms, with the goal of advancing personalized treatment and self-management strategies to reduce distressing symptoms in individuals with chronic or life- threatening disease. In the area of pain, my focus has been on identifying genomic-based and epigenetic mechanisms that underlie the transition from acute to chronic pain and the development of interventions to reduce pain-related disability. Other areas of interest include developing tailored family-based interventions for symptom self-management and assessment and treatment of pain in individuals with current or past history of substance abuse and/or addiction.


BSN, 1996, Nursing, Seattle Pacific University

MSN, 2000, Nuring – Trauma/Critical Care Nurse Practitioner, Loyola University Chicago

PhD, 2005, Nursing – Biobehavioral Research, Loyola University Chicago

Postdoc, 2006, Nursing – Oncology/Quality of Life, Washington State University

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressCenter for Advancements in Managing Pain
University of Connecticut
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026
Storrs, CT 06269-4026