Valerie Danesh

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

NUR 5.137 Office [Virtual office hours Spring 2021]

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

Research Website


Dr. Danesh is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at the University of Texas at Austin and a Clinical Investigator at Baylor Scott & White Health. She earned her PhD in nursing at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Danesh is a critical care nurse and health services researcher with expertise in the monitoring and surveillance of critically ill patients to improve patient outcomes. Her primary areas of impact are to contribute to linking nurse-led surveillance and interventions with patient outcomes to address quality and safety needs for hospitalized patients across the continuum, from pre-ICU care to ICU recovery. Her current research is on nurse-led surveillance, with an emphasis on escalations of care due to the onset of critical illness. Beyond the hospital setting, the sequelae of critical illness can persist following hospital discharge, with long-term physical, cognitive, and psychological effects (post-intensive care syndrome). Dr. Danesh’s work in the monitoring and surveillance of critically ill patients extends into the post-ICU recovery period, to develop, deliver, and test self-management interventions tailored to survivors of critical illness. Dr. Danesh is also engaged in patient outcomes research on the Post-Acute Sequelae of COVID-19 (PASC).

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 as a Beacon Award for Excellence reviewer for the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). Dr. Danesh was appointed to the Discovery Network Steering Committee (previously USCIIT) within the Society of Critical Care Medicine, and currently serves on the American College of Critical Care Medicine task force for the development of clinical practice guidelines for the monitoring and surveillance of critical illness outside the ICU. She was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine in 2019.


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



  • Knight Nurse Alumni Award, University of Central Florida (2020)
  • 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)


  • Spring 2021: Doctoral Seminar II
  • Spring 2021: N273 Quality and Safety for Nursing Practice
  • Fall 2020: N273 Quality and Safety for Nursing Practice
  • Spring 2020: UGS 302 Biomedical Research and Clinical Trials 
  • Fall 2019: N392E Application of Healthcare Research
  • Fall 2019: N273 Quality and Safety for Nursing Practice

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.