Shaquita Starks

Shaquita Starks

Assistant Professor, clinical track | Ph.D. APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC


Dr. Shaquita Starks is an Assistant Professor, clinical track, and dually certified APRN in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Nurse Practitioner. She earned a Ph.D., Master's, and Bachelor's degree in Nursing at The University of Tennesee Health Science Center in Memphis, TN, and a Post Master's Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at The University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Areas of Expertise

Caregiver Well-Being
Health Disparities
Mental Health
Vulnerable Populations
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1.Starks SA, Outlaw F, Graff JC, Likes W, White-Means S, Melaro L, Wicks MN. Quality of life and African American women who are family caregivers: A literature review with implications for psychiatric mental health advanced practice registered nurses. Issues in Mental Health Nursing. 2018 Feb 16; PubMed PMID: 29451830.

2. Starks SA, Graff JC, Wicks MN. Factors associated with quality of life of family caregivers of dialysis recipients. Western Journal of Nursing Research. 2019 May 16; PubMed PMIDF: 31096890.

3. Hines-Martin V, Starks SA, Hermann C, Smith M, Montanez J. Understanding culture in context: An important next step for patient emotional well-being and nursing. Nursing Clinics of North America. 2019 Oct 9. DOI:


Enjoys mentoring students and has experience teaching Methods for Evaluation of Practice, Scientific Dissemination Research/Evidence-Based Practice Nursing, Ethical Dialogue and Health Assessment.


Dr. Starks' research has focused on predictors of quality of life in African American women who are caregivers of family members with end-stage kidney disease, and psychosocial impact of chronic stress in caregivers caring for family members with mental health conditions.