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.

Education

BSN, 1996, Nursing, Seattle Pacific University

MSN, 2000, Nursing – 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

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Featured Publications

Starkweather, A. R., Heineman, A., Storey, S., Rubia, G., Lyon, D., Greenspan, J., & Dorsey, S. G. (2015). Methods to measure peripheral and central sensitization using quantitative sensory testing: A focus on individuals with low back pain. Applied Nursing Research.

An, K., Jallo, N., Menzies, V., Kinser, P., Robins, J. L., & Starkweather, A. (2015). Integrative review of co-occurring symptoms across etiologies of chronic liver disease and implications for symptom management research and practice. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 47(4), 310-317. PMID:26077958

Wright, M. L., & Starkweather, A. R. (2015). Antenatal microbiome: Potential contributor to fetal programming and establishment of the microbiome in offspring. Nursing Research, 64(4), 306-317. PMID:26035769

Starkweather, A. R., Coyne, P., Lyon, D. E., Elswick, R. K., An, K., Sturgill, J. (2014). Decreased pain intensity, pain sensitivity and differential expression of pain-sensitivity genes following Calmare for persistent low back pain. Research in Nursing and Health, 38(1), 29-38. PMID:25572279

An, K., Starkweather, A. R., Sturgill, J., Kao, H. S. & Salyer, J. (2014). State of the science: salivary biomarker utilization for stress research. Perspectives in Nursing Science, 11(2), 87-93.

Szabo, C. M., Grap, M. J., Munro, C. L., Starkweather, A., & Merchant, R. E. (2014). The effect of oral care on intracranial pressure in critically ill adults. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 46(6), 321-329. PMID:25285596

Lyon, D., McCain, N., Elswick, R.K., Sturgill, J., Ameringer, S., Jallo, N., Menzies, V., Robins, J., Starkweather, A., Walter, J., & Grap, M. J. (2014). Biobehavioral examination of fatigue across populations: Report from a P30 Center of Excellence. Nursing Outlook, 62(5), 322-331. PMID:25218081

Menzies, V., Jallo, N., Kinser, P., Robins, J. W., An, K., Driscoll, C., Starkweather, A. R., Bajaj, J., & Lyon, D. E. (2014). Shared symptoms and putative biological mechanisms in chronic liver disease: Implications for biobehavioral research. Biological Research for Nursing, 17(2), 222-229. PMID:25037448

Montpetit, A., Alhaeeri, A., Montpetit, M., Brumelle, J., Filler, K., Starkweather, A., Mohanraj, L., Lyon, D., & Jackson-Cook, C. Telomere length: A review of methods for measurement. Nursing Research, 63(4), 289-299. PMID: 24977726

Lyon, D. E., Starkweather, A. R., Montpetit, A. J., Menzies, V., & Jallo, N. A biobehavioral perspective on telomere length and the exposome. Biological Research for Nursing, 16(4), 448-455. PMID:25199652

Starkweather, A. R., Alhaeeri, A., Montpetit, A., Brumelle, J., Filler, K., Montpetit, M., Mohanraj, L., Lyon, D., & Jackson-Cook, C. (2014). An integrative review of factors associated with telomere length and implications for biobehavioral research. Nursing Research, 63(1), 36-50. PMID: 24335912

Subnis, U. B., Starkweather, A. R., McCain, N. L., & Brown, R. F. (2013). Psychosocial therapies for patients with cancer: A current review of interventions using psychoneuroimmunology based outcome measures. Integrative Cancer Therapies, 63(1), 36-50. PMID:24105361

Lyon, D. E., Elmore, L., Aboalela, N., Merrill-Schools, J., McCain, N., Starkweather, A. R., Elswick, R. K. Jr, & Jackson-Cook, C. (2014). Potential epigenetic mechanism(s) associated with the persistence of psychoneurological symptoms in women receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer: A hypothesis. Biological Research for Nursing, 16(2), 160-74. PMID: 23585573

Starkweather, A. R., & Pair, V. E. (2013). Decoding the role of epigenetics and genomics in pain management. Pain Management Nursing, 14(4), 358-367. PMID: 24315259

Starkweather, A. R., Lyon, D. E., Montpetit, A., Elswick, R. K. Jr., Conley, Y., & McCain, N. L. (2013). Symptom cluster research in women with breast cancer: A comparison of three subgrouping techniques. Advances in Breast Cancer Research, Article 2470038.

Starkweather, A. R., Lyon, D. E., Elswick, R. K. Jr., Montpetit, A. J., Conley, Y., & McCain, N. L. (2013). A conceptual model of psychoneurological symptom cluster variation in women with breast cancer: Bringing nursing research to personalized medicine. Current Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine, 11(3), 224-230.

Starkweather, A. R., & Pair, V. E. (2013). Decoding the role of epigenetics and genomics in pain management. Pain Management Nursing, 14(4), 358-367. PMID: 24315259

Starkweather, A. R., Lyon, D. E., Montpetit, A., Elswick, R. K. Jr., Conley, Y., & McCain, N. L. (2013). Symptom cluster research in women with breast cancer: A comparison of three subgrouping techniques. Advances in Breast Cancer Research, Article 2470038.

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Contact Information
Emailangela.starkweather@uconn.edu
Phone860.486.0592
Mailing AddressCenter for Advancements in Managing Pain
University of Connecticut
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026
Storrs, CT 06269-4026