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Julie Valentine

Associate Professor

500 KMBL
Provo, UT 84602


Dr. Julie L. Valentine is an Associate Professor at Brigham Young University College of Nursing and certified sexual assault nurse examiner with Wasatch Forensic Nurses. Her research focus areas are sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and criminal justice system response to sexual violence. Dr. Valentine focuses on collaborative research studies uniting disciplines in sexual assault case reform to benefit victims and case processing. She developed a growing dataset of ~8,000 sexual assault cases tracking information from evidence collection through DNA analysis – the largest database of its kind. Findings from this database have informed state and national policies and interdisciplinary practices. Dr. Valentine is very active in using her expertise and research to inform legislative policy.

Dr. Valentine was appointed to the National Institute of Justice Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting (SAFER) Act Working Group in the development of national best practice policies in sexual assault cases, National Best Practices in Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2017). Dr. Valentine is primary author of three awarded federal grants since 2015 totaling 3.45 million dollars.

Dr. Valentine has served in a variety of roles within the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN), from Utah Chapter President to Director-At-Large for International Board of Directors (2020 to present). Additionally, Dr. Valentine was primary author of a middle-range forensic nursing theory, the Constructed Theory of Forensic Nursing Care to serve as an international framework for forensic nursing education, practice and research. Dr. Valentine was inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing in 2020.

Research Interests

Sexual violence, violence against women, interpersonal violence, criminal justice system response to sexual violence

Teaching Interests

Adult Medical Surgical Nursing, Ethics, Pediatrics, Forensic Nursing


  • PhD, Nursing , Forensic Nursing, Duquesne University (2016)
  • Masters of Science, Nursing Education , University of Utah (2009)
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Nursing , University of Arizona (1984)

Licenses and Certifications

  • International Association of Forensic Nurses, SANE-A (2011 - Present)
  • National League of Nursing, Certified Nurse Educator (2011 - 2022)

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (2020 - Present)
  • Young Faculty Scholar, Brigham Young University (2018 - 2020)
  • Research Advocate of the Year, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2017 - 2017)
  • Southwest Institute for Research on Women, University of Arizona (2017 - 2017)
  • The Daisy Faculty Award (2017 - 2017)
  • Ann Burgess International Forensic Nurse Research Award (2016 - 2016)
  • Outstanding Dissertation Award in the United States, American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2016 - 2016)
  • Pillar of Hope Award, Rape Recovery Center (2016 - 2016)
  • Best Compassion Award, City Weekly Best of Utah (2014 - 2014)
  • Sheroe Award for Utah, Sheroes International (2013 - 2013)
  • Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault State Award, Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (2013 - 2013)

Administrative Assignments

  • College of Nursing: Associate Dean (2020 - Present)


  • Phi Kappa Phi (2014 - Present)

Professional Citizenship

  • Board Member, International Association of Forensic Nursing (2020 - Present)
  • Board Member, Younique Foundation (2016 - Present)
  • Board Member, Utah Sexual Violence Council (2015 - Present)
  • Officer (specify in Other), International Association of Forensic Nurses Utah Chapter (2010 - 2021)
  • Committee/Council Chair, International Association of Forensic Nurses (2017 - 2021)
  • Committee/Council Chair, International Association of Forensic Nurses (2016 - 2019)
  • Committee/Council Member, National Institute of Justice (2015 - 2017)
  • Committee/Council Member, International Association of Forensic Nurses (2012 - 2013)

Courses Taught

Julie Valentine