A Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Mental Health Specialist, Valerie C. Martinez is passionate about pediatric healthcare. She leverages her extensive nursing experience working with neonates and children with chronic medical conditions in her research, which seeks to address mental health disparities among children and families, as well as improve health outcomes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. A DNP-prepared Advanced Practice Registered Nurse, Martinez has experience providing evidence-based quality care in a variety of clinical settings, including pediatric pulmonology, general primary care pediatrics and school-based health. She is also a dedicated nurse educator, using her expertise to mentor future advance providers, and currently serves as director of the BSN-DNP Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner and Family Nurse Practitioner programs at the UCF College of Nursing.

  • DNP, Medical University of South Carolina
  • MSN, Medical University of South Carolina
  • BSN, University of New Mexico
  • Non-degree Pediatric Mental Health Online Fellowship, Ohio State University
  • PhD in progress in Nursing Research, University of Central Florida
Selected Professional Activities
  • Secretary, Florida Chapter, National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • Item Writer and Editor, Primary Care Pediatric Updates Committee, Pediatric Nursing Certification Board

Expertise & Research

Research Areas
  • Aging & Vulnerable Populations
  • Quality, Safety & Patient Outcomes
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Mental Health / Psychiatric
  • Pediatrics / Neonatal
  • Population Health: Pediatrics
  • Primary Care