Dr. Deena Kelly Costa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems, Populations & Leadership in the School of Nursing at the University of Michigan. She received a bachelor’s degree in Italian Studies from Boston University, a BSN from Binghamton University and a Masters & PhD from University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, she completed her doctoral work as a member of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research working with Dr. Linda Aiken. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2014, Dr. Costa was the first nurse to complete a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in the Clinical Research, Investigations and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness (CRISMA) Center working with Dr. Jeremy Kahn. In addition to her research training, Dr. Costa has years of experience as a critical care nurse, working in medical and surgical ICUs in Boston and Philadelphia.
Dr. Costa’s research focuses on improving outcomes of critically ill adults by optimizing the organization and management of critical care. Specifically, her work identifies key structural and functional characteristics of ICU interprofessional teams that can be leveraged to improve high quality ICU care. Her current research, funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, incorporates both quantitative and qualitative methods to examine ICU teamwork and outcomes. Dr. Costa’s work integrates approaches from epidemiology, health services research, and implementation science to provide novel solutions to critical care delivery issues.