Natasha Crooks, PhD, RN
Department of Human Development Nursing Science
Building & Room:
845 S. Damen Ave., MC 802, Chicago, IL 60612
Dr. Crooks’ research program centers on addressing sexual health disparities in Black girls and women. The motivation for her research stems from her clinical experiences in women’s sexual and reproductive health. Findings from her dissertation research entitled “The Process of Becoming a Sexual Black Woman” led to the development of a conceptual model describing the sociocultural processes and conditions that influence Black female sexual development and STI/HIV risk. She has extended this work in adolescents and investigated the sociocultural conditions influencing Black girls’ sexual development. Her current research focuses on translating her conceptual model into practice and further exploring the sexual pathways of Black girls to prevent early sexualization, sexual trauma and STIs. Her future research goals include developing and conducting a multi-level STI/HIV prevention intervention to improve Black female sexual and reproductive health across the life course.
Dr. Crooks earned her BSN and PhD in Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She completed NIH-funded postdoctoral training at Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Her research has been supported by several grants, including an NIH F31 National Research Service Award (F31NR016624); as a Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) postdoctoral fellow on an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (K12GM0000580) and the Center for Reproductive Health Research in the SouthEast (RISE); as a predoctoral student on an NIH R25 TEAM-Science Scholar (R25GM083252) and with intramural awards from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Crooks is heavily involved in several professional organization and conducts community based research.
Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH), Instrument development and STI/HIV risk in Black girls, Women’s Health Associate
Singer, R., Crooks, N., Johnson, A., Lutnick, A., & Matthews., A. (2020). COVID-19 Prevention and Protecting Sex Workers: A Call to Action. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Doi: 10.1007/s10508-020-01849-x
Crooks, N., Singer, R. & Tluczek A. (2020). Black female sexuality: Impact of intersectional identities and historical contexts. Advances in Nursing Science. Doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000332
Crooks, N., Wise, A., & Frazier, T. (2020). Addressing sexually transmitted infections in the sociocultural context of Black heterosexual relationships in the United States. Social Science and Medicine. Doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2020.113303
Sun, S., Crooks, N., DiClemente, R.J, & Sales., J.M. (2020). Neighborhood Violence and Crime, Emotion Regulation, and PTSD Symptoms among Justice Involved African American Girls. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Doi:10.1037/tra0000562
Crooks, N., King, B., & Tluczek., A. (2019). Protecting Black female sexuality. Culture, Health and Sexuality. Doi: 10.1080/13691058.2019.1632488
Crooks, N., King, B., Tluczek. A., & Sales, J.M. (2019). The process of becoming a sexual Black woman: Results of a grounded theory study. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. Doi:10.1363/psrh.12085
Crooks, N., & Muehrer, R. (2018). Are STI/HIV behavioral interventions for women of color culturally grounded? A review of the literature. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. Doi: 10.1097/JNC.0000000000000008
Sun, S., Crooks, N., Westergaard, R. (2018). Intersection of identities among newly released African American men living with HIV/AIDS: Implications for health care. Social Science & Medicine. Doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.06.003
Lor, M., Crooks, N., & Tluczek A. (2016). A proposed model of patient person, family and culture centered nursing. Nursing Outlook. 64(4), 352-366. Doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2016.02.006
2020, Affiliate Scholar Award, Clinical and Translational Science (CATS), University of Illinois at Chicago
2019, Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods Institute (IQRMI) Scholar, University of Maryland, Consortium on Race, Gender, and Ethnicity
2018, Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
2018, Outstanding Qualitative Dissertation Award, Midwest Nursing Research Society
2016, Rising Star Sigma Theta Tau International, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing
2014-2016, Jonas Nurse Scholar, Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare
2017 Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Postdoctoral fellow, Emory University
2017 PhD, Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing
2013 BS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing; Minor; Gender & Women's Studies
Licensures and Certifications
2020 Registered Nurse, Illinois, License #RN041.502316
2017 Registered Nurse, Georgia, License #RN273003
2016 Registered Nurse, Wisconsin, License #RN227033
2018-present American Public Health Association
2018-present Center for AIDS Research
2015- present Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing
2014-present Midwest Nursing Research Society
Crooks, N. (July 12, 2019). Sexual development of Black girls: a grounded theory study. Oral presentation at the National Sexual Health Conference. Chicago, Illinois. Audience: Professional.
Crooks, N. (November 13, 2018). The process of becoming a sexual Black woman: Results of a grounded theory study. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association, San Diego, CA. Audience: Professional.
Crooks, N. (April 14, 2018). The process of becoming a sexual Black woman: Results of a grounded theory study. Oral presentation at Midwest Nursing Research Society. Cleveland, Ohio. Audience: Professional
Crooks, N. (October 28, 2017). The process of becoming a sexual Black woman: Results of a grounded theory study. Poster presentation at Rising Star Sigma Theta Tau International Convention, Indianapolis, IN. Audience: Professional.
Crooks, N. (October 26, 2017). The process of becoming a sexual Black woman: Results of a grounded theory study. Oral presentation at Wisconsin STD Summit, Madison, WI. Audience: Professional.
Crooks, N. (July 24, 2017). The process of becoming a sexual Black woman: Results of a grounded theory study. Oral presentation at Public Health Madison and Dane County. Madison, WI. Audience: Professional
Crooks, N. (July 7, 2017). The process of becoming a sexual Black woman: Results of a grounded theory study. Oral presentation at National Sexual Health Conference. Denver, Colorado. Audience: Professional.