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Desiree A. Diaz


Associate Professor

University of Central Florida

As a nurse educator for the past 14 years, Desiree Díaz has focused her career and research on simulation. She was recently acknowledged for teaching research and innovation at her university. Her research, which has been widely published and presented, combines the cutting-edge technology of simulation with the deeper human emotion of empathy to train health care providers to more effectively care for vulnerable and underserved patient populations, including correctional health care, limited English proficient patients and transgender patients. She remains innovative and relevant as she is currently part of the team that has a patent pending on virtual-human patient, co -authored the Simulation Dictionary, multiple pod casts and works with interdisciplinary members in global simulations.

She is a reviewer for numerous simulation journals as well as an advance practice nursing journal. Dr.Diaz is one of the only nurses serving as an Associate Editor for Simulation and Gaming. She serves on a healthcare disparities council for the industry’s leading manikin supplier. She has pioneered remote and telesimulation for global initiatives.

Díaz is a certified nurse educator and one of the first advanced simulation-certified faculty worldwide. She completed a simulation research post-doctorate fellowship at Johns Hopkins University working with Dr. Pamela Jeffries.

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