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Shaquita Starks, PhD, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Shaquita Starks

Assistant Professor
920 Madison Avenue, # 534
Memphis, TN 38163
(901) 448-3086 

Curriculum Vitae

Shaquita Starks received her Associate Degree in Nursing from Holmes Community College in Grenada, Mississippi in 1998. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing Science from The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center (UTHSC) in Memphis, Tennessee in 2006, 2007 and 2016, respectively. She joined the College of Nursing faculty as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in January 2017 and currently teaches in the Advanced Practice and Doctoral Studies Program.

She is a past pre-doctoral and post-doctoral minority fellowship scholar of the training grant from years 2014-2017. The funding from the SAMHSA grant helped fund her dissertation titled,” Predictors of Quality of Life of African American Women Who Assist Persons Who Receive Dialysis,” and a pilot study titled “See what I’m Saying: A pilot study using Photovoice to understand stress and coping in African American women. Her research experience includes service as a consultant/assistant for an NIH R01 (NR008875) funded study that examined the effectiveness of a 12-week intervention aimed to treat depressive symptoms in African American caregivers of family members on hemodialysis. She also served as a community health worker for a NIH P20 grant (1P20MD005118-01), Consortium for Health Education, Economic Empowerment and Research (CHEER), which is a community based participatory health disparities research center funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities at UTHSC-Memphis, TN. She is the lead author on one published manuscript has one in review. She has presented her work at local, state, and regional conferences and meetings. Her research interests include African Americans women, chronic disease management, quality of life, social determinants of mental and physical health, trauma, stress, intersectionality, health disparities, mixed methods action research, and community based participatory research. Her overall research goals are to help individuals prevent disease and to improve the physical and mental health and quality of life of individuals with chronic physiological and psychological conditions.

Additionally, Shaquita is an advanced practice registered nurse with 20 years of experience in various fields of nursing, such as community health, medical-surgical, chronic in-patient hemodialysis, acute hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, pediatric hemodialysis, gastroenterology, pediatric emergency nursing, geriatrics, psychiatric mental health nursing, and retail health.

She is dually certified as both a Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She currently practices Support Solutions, an outpatient psychiatric facility in Memphis, TN where she serves individuals from ages 15 and up with intellectual disabilities and various psychiatric conditions.

Professional memberships include American Nurses Association/Tennessee Nurses Association; Beta Theta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society; American Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner’s Association; Southern Nursing Research Society. She loves to participate in the community awareness initiatives about improving physical and psychological health.

Last Published: Jun 20, 2018