Valerie Danesh

Valerie Danesh
PhD, RN, FCCM Assistant Professor, Adult Health Nursing

NUR 5.137 Office

NUR 3.446 Research

Adult Health Nursing Research Nursing Systems Tenured/Tenure Track
Acute Care Ethics Interprofessional Health Nursing Informatics Quality & Safety

Research Study Website


Dr. Danesh is an Assistant Professor of Adult Health Nursing. Her research program focuses on nursing surveillance across the continuum of care (e.g., acute, subacute, home health). Her current research is on nurse surveillance, including Rapid Response Teams and Early Warning Scores.

Dr. Danesh has extensive experience in research operations, administration and research education, including the execution of multi-center clinical trials (phase I-IV investigational drug/device studies and investigator-initiated projects) in hospital and ambulatory care settings. She is a mentor to undergraduate and graduate students, and has also mentored research nurses, regulatory specialists and investigators in topics ranging from health care privacy practices in research to FDA audit preparation. Dr. Danesh has served as an item writer for the research certification exam (CCRP) for the Society of Clinical Research Associates, and currently serves as a Beacon Award for Excellence reviewer for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and on the Discovery Steering Committee of the Society of Critical Care Medicine.


  • PhD, University of Central Florida, Nursing Research
  • MS, University of Central Florida, Health Services Administration
  • BSN, University of Central Florida, Clinical Nursing
  • BS/BA, University of Central Florida, Psychology

Certification and Licensure

  • RN, Texas (active)
  • RN, Florida (active)
  • Certified Clinical Research Professional, Society of Clinical Research Associates (active)
  • CCRN-K, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (active)



  • Fellow of Critical Care Medicine, American College of Critical Care Medicine (2019)
  • Innovation in Nursing Education, Texas Organization of Baccaleureate and Graduate Nurse Education (2019)
  • Annual Scientific Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (2013)
  • Outstanding Mentorship Award, ASPIRE Research Program, Lake Highland (2013)
  • Katie Brush Research Scholarship Award, Society of Critical Care Medicine (2012)
  • Outstanding Student Award, Graduate Program, Department of Health Management & Informatics, University of Central Florida (2007)


  • Fall 2019: N392E Application of Healthcare Research
  • Fall 2019: N273 Quality and Safety for Nursing Practice
  • Spring 2019: UGS 302 Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials [Freshman Signature Course]
  • Spring 2019: N284T Professional Nursing Management
  • Fall 2018: N392E Application of Healthcare Research

Student Opportunities (Graduate and Undergraduate)

Dr. Danesh is open to co-advising honors theses and other works. She feels that undergraduate research is one of the most important aspects of undergraduate education.

Committee member roles for graduate students: Dr. Danesh is particularly interested in PhD students with prior experience in direct-care nursing in acute care settings and nursing administration, an interest in critical illness survivorship or telemedicine, or questions concerning nursing surveillance and/or acute care work environments.