Faculty: Starkweather

Angela Starkweather PhD

Angela Starkweather

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

P: (860) 486-0549 (Storrs)
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

Honors & Awards

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.