Faculty: Starkweather

Angela Starkweather on Aug. 13, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Angela Starkweather

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs


P: (860) 486-0549 (Storrs office)

University of Connecticut
School of Nursing
Storrs Hall, Room 203
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Addiction; Aging; Cancer; Cognitive function; Exposome; Epigenetics; Genomics; Mechanisms of persistent symptoms; Microbiome; Pain genetics; Pain mechanisms; Pain interventions and management; Symptoms/Symptom clusters

The Center for Accelerating Precision Pain Self-Management (CAPPS-M)

The purpose of the NINR funded Center for Accelerating Precision Pain Self-Management (P20NR016605) at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing (UConn SON) is to advance theory-based symptom SM interventions, with a focus on pain, and improve pain self-management and health outcomes in diverse populations with acute and chronic pain.


  • Starkweather, A., Coleman, B., Barcelona de Mendoza, V., Fu, M., Taylor, J., Henderson, W., Kenner, C., Walker, D., Amankwaa, L., & Anderson, C. (2017). Policy brief: Improve coverage of newborn genetic screening to include the Recommended Uniform Screening Panel and newborn screening registry. Nursing Outlook


  • Ramesh, D., D’Agata, A., Starkweather, A., & Young, E. (2017). Contribution of endocannabinoid gene expression and genotype on low back pain susceptibility and chronicity. Clinical Journal of Pain


  • Starkweather, A. R., Ramesh, R., Lyon, D. E., Siangphoe, U., Deng, X., Sturgill, J., Heineman, A., Elswick, R. K., Dorsey, S. G., Greenspan, J. (2016). Acute low back pain: Differential somatosensory function and gene expression compared to healthy no-pain controls. Clinical Journal of Pain


  • Starkweather, A. R., Lyon, D. E., Kinser, P., Heineman, A., Sturgill, J. L., Deng, X., Siangphoe, U., Elswick, R. K., Greenspan, J., & Dorsey, S. G. (2015). Comparison of low back pain recovery and persistence: A descriptive study of characteristics at pain onset. Biological Research for Nursing, (In Press: http://brn.sagepub.com/content/early/recent).


  • 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, (In Press: http://www.appliednursingresearch.org/action).


  • 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), 306-319. PMID:26035769


  • Connecticut Nursing Association: 2017 Virginia Henderson Award for Excellence in Research


  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Research Scholars Program – 2014


  • Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing – 2014


  • Future of Nursing Leadership Award, Virginia Nurses Association – 2011

Research Funding


Principal Investigator, Center for Accelerating Precision Pain Self-Management (CAPPS-M)
Funded by National Institutes of Nursing Research (P20NR016605)
Total costs: $1,600,000. Project dates: 7/16-4/21.


Principal Investigator, Pain Sensitivity in Low Back Pain. Funded by the National
Institute of Nursing Research 1R01NR013932-01. Total costs: $1,370,000. Project dates: 9/13-9/16.


Co-Investigator, Epigenetics and Psychoneurological Symptoms in Women with Breast Cancer, funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research R01NR012667 [D. E. Lyon & C. Jackson-Cook, Principal Investigators]. Total costs: $3,400,000. Project dates: 9/10-9/15.