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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 currently a Research Staff/Post-doctoral Trainee (Memphis site) for an NIH R01 multi-site randomized clinical trial (R01 NR014451). She is a 2016-20017 post-doctoral minority fellowship scholar of a NIH T06 training grant (2T06SM060559-04) administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Minority Fellowship Program (SAMHSA MFP) through the American Nurses Association. She is also a past pre-doctoral minority fellowship scholar of the training grant from years 2014-2016. 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.” 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 manuscript in review and has presented her work at local, state, and regional conferences and meetings. Her research interests include Black women/mothers and children, quality of life, social determinants of mental and physical health, substance use, trauma, stress, intersectionality, health disparities, and mixed methods action research. Her overall research goal is to improve the overall health and quality of life for Black women in the US. 

Additionally, Shaquita is an advanced practice registered nurse with about 19 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 at the Chamberlin Clinic, an outpatient psychiatric facility in Cordova, TN where she serves individuals from ages 10 and up for various psychiatric conditions and practices at University Health Services where she serves students, employees and families of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center as well as students from the Baptist College of Health Sciences and Christian Brothers University.

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; International Society of Psychiatric –Mental Health Nurses; Neuroscience Education Institute; Southern Nursing Research Society. She loves to participate in the community awareness initiatives about improving physical and psychological health.

Last Published: Nov 13, 2017